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Corporate Travel Rewards Startup Tripkicks Emphasizes Risk-Free Pricing, Configurability

Even if plenty of managed travel professionals reject the concept, players that incentivize corporate travelers to beat trip budgets have gained investors, partners and some user acceptance. The latest to market is Tripkicks, which was founded this year with backing from Acquis Consulting to set trip budgets and offer monetary rewards to managed travelers who come in under budget.

Amadeus Teams With UNICEF To Furnish Traveler 'Micro-Donations'

Amadeus this week announced a new charitable initiative, this time partnering with the United Nations Children's Fund to raise funds from the travel industry.

Amadeus, Iberia Kick Off UNICEF Donation Drive

Amadeus has made good on its plans to furnish micro-donation technology to support the United Nations Children’s Fund. The travel technology firm teamed with Iberia to enable visitors to the airline's website to donate between €3 and €20 as they complete a ticket purchase.

Millennium Pulls Plug On Massivegood

The Millennium Foundation For Innovative Finance For Health pulled the plug on Massivegood, a fundraising project meant to collect charitable donations from travelers when they book travel services. "The board does not see sufficient enough returns for such a micro-philanthropy initiative in today's economic climate," according to a Millennium Foundation statement. "Local and 'green' causes often took precedence for travel industry partners over the global health causes championed by the foundat

THE BEAT SHEET: Jacques On Concur; CWT's Mobile Strategy; Direct Travel's GDS Plans

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

Another CSR Survey... Different Results?

Will green initiatives/CSR Survive a Down Economy? I ask my Magic 8 Ball for today’s outlook and it says: Not likely. If I ask for the future it says: Probable. This is common sense, right? But in actuality, a recent poll of corporate travel managers in the U.S. and Europe for The Wire ... from AirPlus shows that 41% have increased their commitment and/or awareness during this down economy. And another 56.8% feel that a corporate commitment to CSR/green initiatives will increase a company’s bran