Posted June 15, 2018

Mezi Winds Down TMC Partnerships Post Amex Acquisition

Before American Express acquired chatbot builder Mezi, three travel management companies—Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and WTMC—had partnered with the tech startup for their own message-based offerings. Five months after the payment company acquired it, Mezi has wound down work with TMCs. Read More »
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Posted June 15, 2018
Rock Blanco

INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

Corporate travel industry vet Rock Blanco this month joined World Travel Inc. as chief innovation officer. He caught up to discuss his new role. Read More »
Posted June 14, 2018

Multinational TMC Network GlobalStar Opts For Its Own Mobile App, Like Radius Before It

This month, GlobalStar Travel Management, which has a presence in 85 countries and such members as Omega World Travel in the U.S. and Capita in the U.K., announced the TripStar app for multinational clients. Network rival Radius launched its own mobile app after enlisting mTrip to build it more than a year ago. Read More »
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Posted June 12, 2018

CWT Brings Air Booking To Mobile App With API Assist From Sabre

Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to roll out flight booking capabilities on its CWT To Go mobile app in the second half of the year, CEO Kurt Ekert said. Already, mobile flight booking is testing with clients in what Ekert called an "aggressive pilot phase." Read More »
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Posted June 7, 2018

TMCs Play With Natural Language Interfaces For Data Reporting

Corporate clients regularly turn to their travel management companies for data reporting to better understand travel spending, policy compliance, supplier performance and other facets of program management. A few TMCs, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Omega World Travel and Travel Inc., are exploring new ways for clients to interrogate travel program data through natural language inputs, either typed in text or spoken by voice. Read More »
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Posted June 6, 2018

In Memoriam: The Paper Airline Ticket (Yes, It's Finally Gone)

The paper airline ticket died last week after more than a decade-long battle with obsolescence and failing health. Nearly 100 years old by some accounts, the paper ticket is survived by the e-ticket. Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2018

CTM Isn't Waiting For GDSs To Move On NDC

CTM isn't waiting for a global distribution system or leaning on a third-party aggregator to hook in NDC application programming interfaces, CTM founder and managing director Jamie Pherous said during an interview this week. Instead, CTM is using homegrown aggregation and booking tech to connect to airlines. Read More »
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Posted May 22, 2018

Corporate Travel Incentivization Attracts Startup Funding But Mixed Reactions From Travel Pros

Tech companies that help travel programs incentivize employees to book at lower prices have been attracting fresh funding. TripActions announced $51 million of Series B financing in March, and Rocketrip won $15 million of Series C financing in April. Those follow TravelBank's $25 million Series B funding last year for its travel booking and expense technology that also promotes a rewards program for travelers who beat budgets. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2018

BA Slaps Down Agency Card Payments

The International Air Transport Association amended Resolution 890 in November to allow agents to pay carriers with cards in agencies' own names "if permitted by the airline." Such permission is not coming from the largest European carriers. Read More »
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Posted May 16, 2018

WhereTo Gets Funding To Chase Large Corporates With Booking, TMC Service

WhereTo began as a leisure startup that helped would-be vacationers decide where to travel based on air and hotel budgets. When founder and CEO Ryan Wenger demoed the concept at South by Southwest a couple years ago, it caught the eye of a travel buyer from a large corporation. That's when everything changed. Read More »
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