TravelSolutions by Campbell is among the first travel management companies to achieve certification for Concur's TripLink application programming interface. According to Mike Koetting, Concur senior vice president for TMC services, that API is "the mechanism that the TMC uses to get the open booking data from Concur, and once that agency has that data, they can develop their own version of an agent desktop, which they would use to display that information." Campbell has done just that by building CampbellConnect, a proprietary XML-based system.
Concur at its Fusion Exchange conference here last week revealed the names of three travel management companies collaborating on its Open Booking approach: Gant Travel Management, TravelSolutions by Campbell and Travel Incorporated. Concur also referenced two additional TMCs, BCD Travel and Egencia, whose involvement is a bit different.
In 2012, three regionally dispersed booking tool providers banded together to take on what they called the "global" competitive set. The Mundi Global Alliance—United States-based nuTravel, France's KDS and New Zealand's Serko—formed to share sales leads, provide multinational client support and integrate technology, data and content. Now, as KDS pursues its own path, especially in the United States, the alliance is acting more like a party of two, based on characterizations by nuTravel and Serko.
InterContinental Hotels Group this week began listing on its website the rates negotiated by companies that also use Concur's TripLink open-booking service.
Language learning app TripLingo on Wednesday released the third version of its mobile app, an upgrade designed to appeal to enterprise corporate users, travel management companies and other "channel partners," according to founder and CEO Jesse Maddox.
Concur on Wednesday reported another quarter of solid growth and progress on TripLink open booking services, travel management company integration and the second-generation E-Gov Travel Service travel management system.
Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh sounded particularly optimistic on Wednesday when discussing with analysts the company's financial performance for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. He pointed to thousands of new customer signings, ETS2 progress and accelerating revenue growth. The company now has "a clear line of sight to crossing the $1 billion revenue mark in 2016," he said. Wall Street on Thursday seemed unmoved.