Posted October 27, 2016
Dara Khosrowshahi

INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel. Read More »
Posted June 9, 2015

In A Decade Of Travel Startups, Few Launched For Corporate

For those in the corporate travel business who bemoan a lack of innovation, here's a statistic worthy of note: Among 993 travel startups Phocuswright analyzed since 2005, only 14 launched in pursuit of the corporate travel market. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 25, 2013

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Why We Need IATA Resolution 787 NDC

I could not read [Friday's] The Beat article contemplating about the real benefits of NDC, without a grin on my face. I guess we can all agree: The attitude, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is the enemy of innovation. Read More »
Posted October 14, 2013 - Miami

The Buyer's Table, Part One: Assessing TMC Value

Industry veteran Maria Chevalier, Westinghouse Electric Co.'s Dan Cooper, Blackboard Inc.'s Valerie Fender and The Advisory Board Co.'s Steven Mandelbaum share differing sentiments about just how creative and integral TMCs are today. Read More »
Posted by: The Beat | More by The Beat
Posted August 13, 2013

GUEST: Midsize TMCs Should Embrace IT Innovation

Matt Haynes, group head of IT for Key Travel, a U.S. and European travel management company that serves the non-profit sector, discusses the need for TMC innovation. Read More »
Posted by: Matt Haynes | More by Matt Haynes
Posted November 20, 2012 - Scottsdale, Arizona

'Door-to-Door' And Mobile Booking Tools Score Big At PhoCusWright

The lineup for PhoCusWright's Travel Innovation Summit here last week included some faces familiar to corporate travel buyers. As history has shown, however, other technologies designed more for the leisure space often find their place in corporate programs. Read More »
Posted December 2, 2011

Short’s Book It: A Brilliant Booking Breakthrough

Short’s Travel, arguably the most innovative TMC in North America, has done it again.*

Book It** allows a corporate traveler to search for airfares on any site, then e-mail the selected flight info to Short’s for booking and en-route servicing. Completely automated. Fast results. Pure genius. Read More »

Posted November 30, 2011

Comment: Sabre's TripCase Enabling En-Route Merchandizing

It’s no secret that I am often quite critical of the general state of GDS innovation--specifically, the lack of it. And, not surprisingly, believe I am correct in that general assessment. However, when I see something that stands out from the crowd, it's worth sending out kudos, and the mobile team at Sabre deserves one. Read More »
Posted by: Jim Davidson | More by Jim Davidson
Posted November 15, 2011

Travel Search Innovation – The Next Breakthrough

My, what a contrast in travel innovation. The first two presenters at today’s PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit were Hipmunk and Evature. Both focus on simplifying the travel search process. Pay attention to the implications for corporate travel. Read More »
Posted November 1, 2011

Corporate Travel Innovation - Where Has It Gone?

Based upon the feedback from my keynote speech at The Beat Live in Vegas, I'd like to make a few points regarding innovation within the corporate travel industry. While I do agree that there is innovation going on, what I'm most concerned about is the level of innovation as compared to the leisure or OTA market. Read More »
Posted by: Steve Reynolds | More by Steve Reynolds
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