PricewaterhouseCoopers this week discontinued a pilot program with mobile ground transport tech platform Whisk, according to an internal memo from the firm's U.S. travel department sent to employees and obtained by The Beat
PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. travel leader Lori O'Connell in this guest column shares plans for mobile and social technology in her program, and issues her peers a call to action.
We published a story this week in The Transnational about Mark Avery from PricewaterhouseCoopers and his virtual meetings program. One thing we didn't include was Mark's challenge to travel management companies.
Many corporate travel buyers see value in the on-demand ground transportation concept popularized by Uber, but quite a few also have expressed concerns related to ensuring duty of care and sacrificing preferred supplier usage.
One year after announcing work had started on the project, KDS last week here at a client conference formally launched its new-generation self-booking tool. Neo is based on the concept of booking an entire trip, including transfers and hotels, by asking travelers just three questions.
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PricewaterhouseCoopers in Britain is boosting videoconferencing, screening suppliers and funding offsets to mitigate the environmental impact of its business travel, according to an article published last month by Business Travel News.
On Monday, when I wrote about Congress' current quest to find out how much healthcare companies are spending on meetings, I voiced my concern that this could be the start of more misguided criticism over corporate meeting spend -- the kind that's been widely reported on in the press for TARP recipients. But that's only one side of the coin.
After seven years of slogging and blogging for Rearden Commerce, Tony D'Astolfo is hanging up his team jersey. Truly one of corporate travel's own, a huge personality in his own right, Tony brought with him a new legitimacy as well as quite a few GetThere alumni to Rearden when he joined it around the time I started The Beat. A few years later, one of my most talked-about columns took Rearden to task ("Rearden's Long Tale") for its a
Marriott International is looking for 2005 rate increases from its corporate accounts of 3 to 5 percent, said president and COO William Shaw in a presentation late yesterday to the Bank of America Securities investment conference. Shaw also said the company's 'rapidly growing' Internet bookings could double to about 20 percent of total 'in a couple years.'
The American Hotel & Lodging Association during the past few days produced interesting dialogue providing some insight into where the lodging industry is heading. Hotels are bracing for a tough 2010 that will see further rate declines; luxury properties will be the first to come back; business travel will remain weak; and hotels will continue to charge ancillary fees for amenities like high-speed Internet, according to comments made at AH&LA's fall conference here in New York.