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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.

Short's Travel Launches Ground Transportation Management Division

Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters.

Amex GBT Hooks Up With Lyft For Mobile Booking, Data Capture And Promotions

American Express Global Business Travel has partnered with Lyft to extend ride-booking within the GBT mobile app, to capture data for corporate clients when rides are booked either through Lyft or GBT and to push special offers to client travelers.
INTERVIEW: Travel And Transport Chief Information Officer Mike Kubasik

INTERVIEW: Travel And Transport Chief Information Officer Mike Kubasik

Travel and Transport chief information officer Mike Kubasik spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about mobile strategy, its mobile patent and API connectivity with travel suppliers through the Dash Mobile app. An edited transcript follows.

BCD, CWT To Launch Mobile Air Booking As TMCs Evolve Role In Mobile Transactions

Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to introduce full airline shopping and booking capabilities within its CWT To Go app later this year. BCD Travel, too, confirmed mobile "air booking in TripSource is in development." Those megas are among several travel management companies evolving their mobile wares to include further booking capabilities. If the first generation of TMC apps were informational and focused on itinerary management, the next is increasingly transactional.

United Tests Blockchain Settlement With ARC, Blockskye And A Large Client

United Airlines, airline settlement clearinghouse ARC, a large corporate client of United and travel blockchain entrant Blockskye have completed a proof of concept to examine reporting and settlement through a blockchain ledger for flights booked on the airline's website.

PwC Cancels Whisk Ground Transportation App Pilot Program

PricewaterhouseCoopers this week discontinued a pilot program with mobile ground transport tech platform Whisk, according to an internal memo from the firm's U.S. travel department sent to employees and obtained by The Beat

Journera Takes In Funding, Locks In Deals And Eyes More Participants

Journera, the travel data exchange co-founded by Jeff Katz, has taken in $9 million in Series A funding and firmed up commercial agreements with six major airlines and hotel operators, the company announced Thursday.

Deem Lawsuit Against Travelport Won't Interrupt GDS Ground Access

Deem filed a lawsuit against Travelport in a U.S. district court in California this week over a disputed payment structure related to their Deem ground service agreements. The lawsuit will not immediately impact Travelport subscribers' access to Deem's ground platform, which connects ground transportation service providers with intermediaries and buyers.

GUEST: Travelport CEO On Airline Control And Commercial Models In An NDC World

Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson kicked off The Beat Live event this month and addressed airline control and commercial models in the context of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard-making endeavor.