Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of discussion, hype and argument about open booking and Managed Travel 2.0. Unfortunately, most of the discussion has been based on opinions and solitary case studies. The question remains: is there real demand for this new way of managing travel or not?
Sometimes used interchangeably—though not necessarily accurately—with "open booking," the concept of Managed Travel 2.0 isn't for everybody. The way global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates figured it, Managed Travel 2.0 is a suitable option for about 20 percent of the 202 travel programs it studied.
You, The Beat's readers, have spoken. After another very tight race, Concur's Mike Koetting will deliver the closing keynote presentation at The Beat Live on Oct. 8 in New Orleans.
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Your feedback will determine one keynote speaker, identify the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards and formulate questions for the industry influencers taking the stage at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile from Oct. 18 to 20.
United Airlines late last month replaced its worldwide sales strategy and sales operations groups with new sales and distribution departments. The changes, including a general head count reduction, came two years after the airline launched a "strategic sales transformation."