Posted January 7, 2014

On Growth Trajectory, Travel And Transport Prepping Management Transition

Travel and Transport's new president and CEO-designate, Kevin O'Malley, is preparing to take the reins of a solidly growing and profitable company surrounded by a veteran management team. But there certainly are challenges, including a talent management crunch and lots of noise around the industry's all-too-familiar buzzwords. Read More »
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Posted January 7, 2014

Looking East, Christopherson Acquires Alabama TMC On Path To Half-Billion Sales Target

Christopherson Business Travel recently announced the acquisition of Birmingham, Ala.-based All Seasons Travel in an eastward expansion of its geographic footprint. Christopherson CEO Mike Cameron told The Beat the deal is "a perfect match" and keeps the super regional travel management company on track to reach $500 million in sales during 2015. Terms were not disclosed by the privately held companies. Read More »
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Posted December 17, 2013

Amex In Europe Connecting Hotel Content System To Corporate OBTs

American Express Business Travel in Europe finally is connecting its HotelHub portal to corporate online booking tools. Announced in 2007 for Amex agents, the HotelHub interface brings together hotel content from global distribution systems and other sources and is meant to optimize hotel booking workflow. Read More »
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Posted December 4, 2013

Amadeus, Iberia Kick Off UNICEF Donation Drive

Amadeus has made good on its plans to furnish micro-donation technology to support the United Nations Children’s Fund. The travel technology firm teamed with Iberia to enable visitors to the airline's website to donate between €3 and €20 as they complete a ticket purchase. Read More »
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Posted December 4, 2013
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INTERVIEW: Egencia SVP Christophe Peymirat

Expedia's Egencia recently announced a move into Turkey and a partnership in the Baltics. The Beat's David Jonas recently spoke with Christophe Peymirat, Egencia senior vice president for EMEA and Asia/Pacific, about the travel management company's global development. Read More »
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Posted November 20, 2013

Australia's CTM 'Fast-Tracks' Asian Presence With Another TMC Acquisition

Australia's Corporate Travel Management on Wednesday announced plans to acquire a controlling interest in Asian travel management company Westminster Travel, effective Jan. 31, 2014. Read More »
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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 »
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Posted November 18, 2013

THE BEAT SHEET: Gordon Wilson On OBTs; Subscription Pricing Commentary; HRG Notes; More On Millennials

The latest edition of The Beat Sheet, an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted November 15, 2013

TravelSolutions By Campbell Among TMCs Opening Up On Concur Integration

TravelSolutions by Campbell is among the first travel management companies to achieve certification for Concur's TripLink application programming interface. According to Mike Koetting, Concur senior vice president for TMC services, that API is "the mechanism that the TMC uses to get the open booking data from Concur, and once that agency has that data, they can develop their own version of an agent desktop, which they would use to display that information." Campbell has done just that by building CampbellConnect, a proprietary XML-based system. Read More »
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Posted November 13, 2013

QuickMobile, Sojern Among Fastest-Growing Travel Tech Companies

Deloitte this week issued its annual 2013 Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing North American firms in the technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean technology sectors. A number of travel- or meetings-related companies made the list, including QuickMobile, ranked highest among them at 21st. Read More »
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