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Mega TMCs Tout Social Responsibility Cred With Ecovadis Ratings

Last August, BCD Travel announced it was the first travel management company to reach an Ecovadis gold rating, recognizing its corporate social responsibility credentials. This April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel announced its own Ecovadis rating went from silver to gold. American Express Global Business Travel, meanwhile, reached silver this year.

Travelport Grows, Diversifies Revenue Amid Flat Q2 Bookings

Travelport reported flat year-over-year booking trends for the three months ending June 30, with declines in the United States and gains generally elsewhere, according to second-quarter results released Thursday. As in quarters past, the global distribution system operator continued to offset no-growth transaction trends with higher revenue per segment and big gains in "Beyond Air" revenue, which includes payments as well as hotel and car streams.

Serko Finds Wider Appeal For 'Mass-Booking' Function

Serko has been busy. The New Zealand-based corporate travel and expense system provider has claimed serious inroads in the Asia/Pacific region and a slowly growing global presence via an alliance with nuTravel and KDS.

Three Myths About Sourcing Airlines - Part 1

Given that air travel is typically a large spend item for most companies, it makes sense for procurement folks to attack it with extra energy and creativity. Here are three ideas that often come up:
Interview: WestJet President And CEO Gregg Saretsky

Interview: WestJet President And CEO Gregg Saretsky

WestJet during the past few years has undergone a number of changes, including introducing its Encore regional service, becoming a UATP issuer and, most recently, adding a first-checked-bag fee for its lowest fares.

ANALYSIS: Will Shopping Automation Change Hotel Pricing?

Being fickle often pays when looking for the best hotel rate, but some industry leaders wonder whether technology developed to take advantage of constantly fluctuating hotel rates soon may inspire hoteliers to alter their revenue strategies.

Cisco, Others Target Travel Emissions

Private enterprise is taking on energy efficiency and pollution in a big way as Cisco Systems, Interface Inc. and Virgin Group last week announced participation in the Clinton Global Initiative, which describes "increasing energy needs" as one of "the most serious issues affecting the world today."

Hotel Newspaper 'Fees' Should Rank Low On Buyer Concerns

An unwanted copy of USA Today has prompted a $100,000 lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide, but in terms of targeting what some see as runaway fees in travel bills, it's a bit of a misfire.A Sacramento man, Rodney Harmon, recently filed a class action lawsuit against the hotel giant in response to the newspaper delivery policy at Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel does not charge 75 cents for guests’ daily USA Today per se. It's not something that will appear on a folio at the end of the stay. Guests wh

Surveys Show Corporate Travel Interest In CSR/Sustainability Still Growing

"Despite the economic recession, the concept of corporate social responsibility is still alive and well in many organizations," according to AirPlus International, which last month surveyed 76 corporate travel buyers and found that one in five during the next 12 months plans to add CSR criteria to airline requests for proposals; 14 percent already include them.

Travel And The Environment

We have seen reports on environmental issues as they relate to travel. We have heard rhetoric, statements of intent, proud boasts, thinly veiled self promotion statements and promises of a ‘greener’ future. There have been board level corporate policies, conferences, business ventures linked to sustainability and a large number of ‘holier than thou’ declarations between competing companies. Strange how many of the leading standard bearers might be viewed as causing the problem like the fuel and