Posted October 19, 2018

TravelPerk Will Spend War Chest To Win Critical Three-Year 'Race For Market Share'

Not content with having raised $21 million in Series B investment in April 2018, new-gen travel management platform TravelPerk has successfully passed the hat around a second time in the same year. The company announced this week that it has drummed up Series C funding of $44 million, backed by technology investors such as Kinnevik, Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford. Read More »
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Posted October 10, 2018 - Atlanta
Greg O'Hara

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder And Amex GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara (With Special Guest Tom Klein)

Certares founder and American Express Global Business Travel chairman Greg O'Hara sat down with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live to talk about Amex GBT's HRG acquisition and Certares' investment approach and to share other observations on the business. Read More »
Posted October 4, 2018

The Beat Research: Today's Corporate Travel Agent

The Beat published research this week to uncover the challenges they face, their daily demands, what motivates them, which technologies they use, how their performance is assessed and how they view their position in the market. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2018

Groupize Adds More TMC Resellers And Partners

Groupize has signed about 45 TMCs as resellers of its technology for venue sourcing, room block management, attendee management, registration, approvals and data and reporting on "simple" meetings. Among the dozens listed on the company's site are BCD Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Travel and Transport and Travel Leaders Corporate. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted September 25, 2018

FAA Bill Spares TMCs From New Customer Service Requirements

The U.S. House and Senate in recent days reached a bipartisan, final agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and set forth a variety of provisions on airport infrastructure, airline safety and even airplane seat sizes. There is some relief for corporate travel agencies buried in the bill, which is widely expected to go into law. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 30, 2018

CWT Sidelines Travelport With New Amadeus And Sabre Deals

This morning, Amadeus announced Carlson Wagonlit Travel entered into "a multi-year renewal and expansion of a long-term business partnership." Sabre, too, inked CWT to "a new long-term agreement that broadens their long-standing business partnership and deepens the companies' close collaboration on technological innovations being developed for mutual growth and success." Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 22, 2018

CTM Will Launch Homegrown Client-Facing Tech In The U.S. This Year

Australia-based Corporate Travel Management by the end of the year plans to launch its full suite of client-facing technologies in the U.S., including its online booking system, managing director Jamie Pherous said during the travel management company's fiscal-year earnings call Wednesday. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 21, 2018

Egencia Readies Direct-To-Hotel Chat System For Corporate Travelers

Expedia Group-owned travel management company Egencia is finalizing a direct-to-hotel communications system that enables client travelers to chat with hotel property representatives through the Egencia mobile app. Tapping in to established technologies and supplier relationships of its parent company, Egencia plans soon to give managed travelers a unique conduit to pose questions, make special requests, heap praise or lodge complaints related to their hotel stays. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 20, 2018

30SecondsToFly Finds TMC Toehold With FCM

FCM last week at the Global Business Travel Association conference in San Diego demoed a prototype for its Smart Assistant for Mobile system that featured chat-based booking capabilities from 30SecondsToFly's bot, Claire. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 16, 2018

AdTrav: Former TMC Partner Isn't Bankrupt, They Just Don’t Want To Pay

AdTrav this month filed a motion with a U.S. bankruptcy court to dismiss Duluth Travel's Chapter 11 case, alleging Duluth filed only to avoid paying AdTrav a court-ordered sum of nearly $900,000. Read More »
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