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 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 8, 2018

Consultant Andy Menkes Heads To BCD In Newly Formed Role

Longtime corporate travel consultant, decorated former travel buyer, former travel agency leader and occasional airline executive Andy Menkes took a position at BCD Travel as SVP of global client solutions, a new role for the mega travel management company. He starts Monday, reporting to BCD Travel COO and president of the Americas Mike Janssen. 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 June 4, 2018

Corporate Travel App-Builder Roadmap Takes In Funding For Next Phase Of Growth

Since Roadmap launched three years ago, several large enterprise clients have commissioned the tech company to build bespoke, company-branded mobile apps for their corporate travelers. Founder-funded at launch, Roadmap last week announced its first round of external funding to drive its next 18-month chapter of growth. 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 24, 2018

Court Tosses Suit Between Hotel Commission Recovery Firms

A U.S. district court in New York dismissed all remaining claims this month in the dispute between hotel commission recovery specialists and one-time partners eCommission Solutions and CTS Systems. Read More »
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Posted May 23, 2018

Qantas Lines Up Travelport, CTM And Serko For NDC Connections

Qantas this week announced that a few partners have agreed to access content through its new Farelogix-powered application programming interface that is based on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. Read More »
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