Posted September 8, 2017

NuTravel Sells OBT, Shifts Focus To Airline Portal Business

NuTravel president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano will readily admit that the corporate booking tool business is tough, especially for a small company going toe-to-toe with a well-capitalized giant like Concur. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 23, 2017

AmTrav Makes Branded Fare Push In Booking Tool Refresh

In early June, AmTrav Corporate Travel launched for select customers a revamped version of its homegrown booking system and has since rolled out the new a2b tool broadly to clients, providing a refreshed user interface and reconstructed back end. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted April 10, 2017

CTM Preps Homegrown Online Booking System For U.S. Market

The number of travel management companies with homegrown online booking tools in the United States is relatively small, but Australia-based Corporate Travel Management plans to join their ranks this year with the launch of its Lightning system. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by Amon Cohen | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted April 7, 2016

Study: Travelers Under 35 Show More Faith In Corporate Rates, Book Outside Anyway

Managed travelers younger than 35 demonstrate more faith in corporate rate integrity than do their older counterparts, according to recent research from Phocuswright. That is the good news for travel management professionals. The bad? Travelers younger than 35 are more inclined to book outside the program and do so at a higher rate than travelers 35 and older. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 25, 2015

Bookings Up, Spend Down Among HRG Clients

Worldwide bookings handled by United Kingdom-based Hogg Robinson Group rose 2 percent year over year for the six months ending Sept. 30, yet client travel spend fell 2 percent, according to half-year financial results released Wednesday. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
Posted September 1, 2015
Scott Gutz

INTERVIEW: Amadeus North America President and CEO Scott Gutz

Scott Gutz became president and CEO of Amadeus North America in April 2011 and has since overseen an expansive period for the Spain-based IT company and global distribution system operator in the region. "What's happened in the last four years is we've grown in every major sector in which Amadeus offers solutions," Gutz said in a recent interview. Indeed, its GDS market share has increased in North America, as agency bookings spiked on growth among online travel agencies, its airline IT portfolio gained its first significant U.S carrier in Southwest Airlines and the company expanded in its emerging hotel IT and airport IT segments. "In addition, we've just about doubled the number of people that we have in the market over a four-year period, both from an organic perspective and from an acquisition perspective," he said. "It feels to me like a much bigger, much more complex, much more exciting organization that has grown up over the past four years." Gutz recently spoke with The Beat's Jay Boehmer about airline merchandizing, the Amadeus e-Travel Management online booking system and other North America initiatives. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
Posted June 16, 2015

AccorHotels To Distribute Independent Hotels To Drive Direct Traffic

Last week, AccorHotels (recently renamed from Accor) made an unprecedented move, announcing it would sell non-AccorHotels properties on to increase the value proposition of direct booking. Read More »
Posted by: Julie Sickel | More by Julie Sickel
Posted November 27, 2013

Capt. Radcliffe Navigates 'Steady' HRG Through Choppy Waters

A notable boating enthusiast, David Radcliffe chose a nautical metaphor on Wednesday to analyze the financial performance of Hogg Robinson Group, the ship he captains as CEO. With underlying operating profit for the six months to Sept. 30 unchanged at £22.7 million (US$36.6 million) from the same period in 2012, and revenue down slightly versus a year earlier—and also lower than the two previous comparable periods—to £168.4 million (US$271.7 million), one might be tempted to portray HRG as becalmed. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
Posted November 26, 2013 - Hollywood, Fla.

KDS CEO Forbes Wows PhoCusWright Judges With 'Neo' Demo

KDS CEO Dean Forbes was the man of the hour—for five minutes, anyway—at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit here last week. The summit's appointed critics were speechless for several... Read More »
Posted by: JoAnn DeLuna | More by JoAnn DeLuna
Posted November 19, 2013

New Version Of Short's Booking Tool Leverages Travelport's Universal API

Very few travel management companies have a homegrown booking tool. Short's Travel Management is in that small group and strives to refresh its system about every year and a half. The latest version, Short's Travel Online 4.0, uses Travelport's Universal Application Programming Interface and adds some features meant to mimic consumer tools. It went live last month. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
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