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INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

Corporate travel industry vet Rock Blanco this month joined World Travel Inc. as chief innovation officer. He caught up to discuss his new role.

CWT Sidelines Travelport With New Amadeus And Sabre Deals

This morning, Amadeus announced Carlson Wagonlit Travel entered into "a multi-year renewal and expansion of a long-term business partnership." Sabre, too, inked CWT to "a new long-term agreement that broadens their long-standing business partnership and deepens the companies' close collaboration on technological innovations being developed for mutual growth and success."
INTERVIEW: Deem CEO John Rizzo

INTERVIEW: Deem CEO John Rizzo

Last week, Enterprise Holdings—parent of the Alamo, Enterprise and National rental car brands—completed the acquisition of corporate travel booking, ground transportation and expense reporting technology provider Deem. CEO John Rizzo spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer.

Cash Flowing, Startups Growing In A Big Year For Corporate Travel Venture Funding

A few years ago, startups going explicitly after the corporate travel market were few and far between. Now, the number of new entrants and tech providers entering is growing, and so is the sum of venture capital behind them.
INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel.
INTERVIEW: Egencia President Rob Greyber

INTERVIEW: Egencia President Rob Greyber

Egencia president Rob Greyber recently caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to talk about Egencia's growth trajectory and technology investments.

Time To Vote For Your Favorite Keynote Pitch For The Beat Live

Your feedback will determine one keynote speaker, identify the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards and formulate questions for industry executives taking the stage when The Beat Live comes to Atlanta from Oct. 3 to 5.

LETTERS: Two Responses On Third Parties And Innovation

Agency Technology president Lee Brubaker and Cornerstone Information Systems CEO Mat Orrego respond to a guest column by AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg, who argued that an over-reliance on third-party technology inhibits travel management company innovation.

New CWT Deal Starts To Move Share To Sabre

Total bookings processed via the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the third quarter to 140 million, the company reported Tuesday. Air bookings rose 8 percent to 123 million, while non-air bookings, including lodging and ground, rose 7 percent to 17 million.

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections.