Australia-based Corporate Travel Management by the end of the year plans to launch its full suite of client-facing technologies in the U.S., including its online booking system, managing director Jamie Pherous said during the travel management company's fiscal-year earnings call Wednesday.
A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs.
When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry.
If it wasn't already clear that Sam was a fundamental piece of Flight Centre's corporate traveler-facing technology offering, take note that the Australian travel agency conglomerate last month paid 4.2 million Australian dollars ($3 million U.S.) to take full ownership of the developer behind Sam, its mobile in-trip management system.
New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko landed Carlson Wagonlit Travel as its first reseller of the Zeno travel booking and tech system in the U.S., the companies announced this month.
The Travel Technology Association submitted a letter in response to remarks by International Air Transport Association VP Doug Lavin covered in an April 17 article.
Priceline founder Jay Walker's travel startup Upside serves the unmanaged travel segment. The company sells travel packages and positions a rewards scheme directly to end users. It is intended for neither the enterprise nor the managed travel segment—not yet.
Flight Centre Travel Group last week announced a 25 percent stake in Jay Walker's Upside at an undisclosed price and added the company to its growing portfolio of business travel technology investments.
U.K.-based Business Travel Direct has become the first travel management company to participate in Traxo Marketplace, which integrates travel data aggregator Traxo with other service providers to manage off-channel bookings.
Last week, a group of travel management companies in an open letter likened New Distribution Capability to a "half-built house." They want to deliver on the standard's promise of richer content for clients, they wrote, but they must enable their own new distribution capabilities to "fulfill customer requirements of comparability, policy control, cost management, reporting and duty of care."