Posted August 26, 2015

CWT's Vournakis Wins The Beat Live Keynote Vote

Following a tight race, readers of The Beat selected Carlson Wagonlit Travel senior vice president of global marketing Nicholas Vournakis to deliver a keynote address at The Beat Live on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Arlington, Va. Read More »
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Posted August 18, 2015

The Beat Live Readers' Choice & Keynote Vote

Voting is still open to help us determine the keynote speaker at The Beat Live and select recipients of our Readers' Choice awards. Read More »
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Posted August 12, 2015

The Beat Live Early-Bird Rate Expires This Week

Don't miss your chance to grab a front-row seat at The Beat Live before the early-bird rate expires this Saturday, Aug. 15. Read More »
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Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Jennifer Vecchi, Atlas Travel

The Evolution Of Rewards And Recognition Within Travel Policy Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to enforce travel policy compliance when so many attractive options are available to the traveler on a consumer level. For example, the percentage of open bookings for domestic travel has significantly increased in recent years thanks to apps that provide easy mobile booking platforms with a few clicks, not to mention "alternative" travel companies like Uber and Airbnb that are not tied to most company policies. A direct result is that travel managers are finding it impossible to manage their travelers’ safety while on the road. Moreover, travelers are not always benefitting from the company’s duty of care policy, which could potentially give them better options within budget. Read More »
Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Vote 2015

Each year, we ask readers to help us build The Beat Live conference. Your feedback will determine one of our keynote speakers, identify the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards and formulate questions for the industry influencers taking the stage in Arlington, Va., Sept. 29–Oct. 1. Read More »
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Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Nicholas Vournakis, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Topic: Is The Whole Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts? Fragmented distribution channels, the emergence and growth of disruptors, changing business models—is the industry changing for the sake of change, or are we building a better mousetrap? Read More »
Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Michael Strauss, Pass Consulting

Topic: How Lufthansa Can Achieve Its Distribution Goals And What It Means I will talk about Lufthansa’s ambition to change airline distribution. This keynote will provide the latest facts from Germany, highlight why Lufthansa’s ambitions are different from what American Airlines tried with Sabre five years ago and explain how Lufthansa could succeed. Read More »
Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Dan Ruch, Rocketrip

Topic: Why Hasn’t The Sharing Economy Disrupted Business Travel? U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015. Does the sharing economy represent change we should believe in? Can you teach old dogs new tricks? Should you? Or is it—to mix canine metaphors—better to let sleeping dogs lie? Read More »
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Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Steve Reynolds, tripBAM

The Dysfunctional Relationship Between Corporations And The Hotel Industry Hotels are the No. 1 corporate travel expense and rising. TMCs are struggling to provide value when selling hotels and are contractually obligated to offer the best rates available. Travel managers are judged on their performance to reduce hotel spend and generate cost savings. Read More »
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Posted August 6, 2015

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Ralph Kaiser, UATP

Topic: The Evolution Of Alternative Payments Accepting payments in the travel industry has become increasingly more expensive due to the rising costs of transaction fees and charges. Companies are very aware of some of the costs accepted with payments, but many don’t even know their rates or what the customer wants. Credit and debit cards currently reign as the online payment of choice, but this trend is quickly changing. Read More »
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