Instead of creating standalone portals for airlines to support business booking and rewards, NuTravel's Universal Connect product lets carriers deliver business program perks and travel management features—from preferred rates to policy—through their consumer dotcom sites.
NuTravel president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano will readily admit that the corporate booking tool business is tough, especially for a small company going toe-to-toe with a well-capitalized giant like Concur.
Corporate booking system provider NuTravel and expense system operator Interplx have formed a joint venture that will offer integrated booking and expense as well as joint pricing, contracting and servicing for travel management company resellers.
New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko is establishing North American operations and named former NuTravel executive Rich Miller to lead the charge as general manager of U.S. market sales.
New Zealand-based corporate T&E tech provider Serko is bringing on corporate travel vet Tony D'Astolfo to lead its push in the U.S. and Canada. D'Astolfo left another T&E tech provider, Deem, three months ago. Effective April 16, he'll be SVP of North America for Serko, which is publicly traded on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Seeing demand from airlines to build direct Web portals for business customers, travel tech firm nuTravel hired Southwest Airlines veteran Rob Brown to lead its recently launched Airline Solutions Group.
In 2012, three regionally dispersed booking tool providers banded together to take on what they called the "global" competitive set. The Mundi Global Alliance—United States-based nuTravel, France's KDS and New Zealand's Serko—formed to share sales leads, provide multinational client support and integrate technology, data and content. Now, as KDS pursues its own path, especially in the United States, the alliance is acting more like a party of two, based on characterizations by nuTravel and Serko.
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.
New Zealand-based travel and expense automation provider Serko this month issued a series of announcements about its forthcoming mobile app, including how it'll leverage near-field communication technology and be resold by U.S.-based partner nuTravel.
NuTravel wants to create a fully automated "end-to-end" process for rebooking hotel reservations when lower rates are found.