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INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

Corporate travel industry vet Rock Blanco this month joined World Travel Inc. as chief innovation officer. He caught up to discuss his new role.

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.

Groupize Adds More TMC Resellers And Partners

Groupize has signed about 45 TMCs as resellers of its technology for venue sourcing, room block management, attendee management, registration, approvals and data and reporting on "simple" meetings. Among the dozens listed on the company's site are BCD Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Travel and Transport and Travel Leaders Corporate.
INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel.

NuTravel's Next Play: Bringing Travel Management To Airline Websites

Instead of creating standalone portals for airlines to support business booking and rewards, NuTravel's Universal Connect product lets carriers deliver business program perks and travel management features—from preferred rates to policy—through their consumer dotcom sites.

GUEST: World Travel, Inc. Chairman Jim Wells On Lufthansa

Regarding Lufthansa’s recent announcement to charge additional fees for reservations made through the global distribution system, the corporate customer and the TMC are the two entities that will be most affected by this fee.

World Travel, Inc. Leadership Shifts, But Strategy Stays Steady

World Travel, Inc. this week appointed president Liz Mandarino as its new CEO, succeeding 32-year vet, founding exec and now chairman Jim Wells.

Travelport Quiet On Activist Investor As Q1 Revenue Rises, GDS Segments Fall

Following prepared remarks from executives on Travelport's first-quarter earnings call Thursday, CEO Gordon Wilson preempted questions on the stake that entities affiliated with activist investor Paul Singer took in the company. That investment was revealed in late March.

30SecondsToFly Has Sights On AI Travel Management, Not Just Booking

At this stage of her career development, Claire is training to become a travel agent. She's still learning how to interact with travelers for booking. Trip cancellations and changes are especially challenging, so a supervisor has to step in. Claire's career goal is to become a corporate travel manager. It's an ambitious plan, since Claire is software wrapped in a bot brought to you by 30SecondsToFly, a startup that is building an "artificially intelligent employee for corporate travel management."

BCD Buys World Travel Service, Plans To Be An Actor In Acquisitions

BCD Travel has signed and sealed a deal to acquire Knoxville-based World Travel Service Inc. and plans more acquisitions in corporate travel and meetings in the United States and abroad, CEO John Snyder told The Beat on Monday.