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PwC Cancels Whisk Ground Transportation App Pilot Program

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

GUEST: PwC Travel Director O'Connell On Mobile, Social

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.

PwC Buyer Challenges TMCs On Virtual Conferencing Support

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.

PwC Whisks Up 'Uber-Like' App For Employee Ground Transport In NYC

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.

KDS Clients Impressed By New Booking Tool

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.

THE BEAT SHEET: Sabre Defends The Middle; TMC Execs Give DOT An Earful; Chrome River Grabs At Least One Former IBM Expense Customer

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers.

KDS CEO Forbes Wows PhoCusWright Judges With 'Neo' Demo

COMMENT: U.S. Should Step Up On Sustainability

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.

Govt. Inquiry Into Healthcare Meeting Spend A Positive

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.

Hard To Picture Rearden Without Tony D

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 Seeks Rate Increases, Sees Web Growth

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.'

Lodging Industry Discusses Its Future

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.
INTERVIEW: Duetto Research CEO Patrick Bosworth

INTERVIEW: Duetto Research CEO Patrick Bosworth

Patrick Bosworth, CEO of technology firm Duetto Research, last month spoke with The Beat's Michael B. Baker about what a big data approach means for hotel revenue management and how it ultimately could affect corporate rate negotiations and auditing.