Corporate booking and travel management startups are ten a penny right now. But SalesTrip has a distinct point of differentiation. Launching in February 2019, the startup claims to be the first native booking and expense offering built within Salesforce, the huge customer relationship management platform with 150,000 customers of its own.
Corporate travel industry veteran Andy McGraw joined Milwaukee-based Adelman Travel as CEO in May 2017. Since then, the travel management company has positioned itself as a mobile-first "platform as a service" operator, underpinned by its mobile app, Adelman Virtual Assistant, or AVA, and an upgrade to its workforce management and agent-facing technology. He spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer.
Metaplanner sees the calendar as the logical place for corporate travelers to shop and book travel, as well as manage their itineraries during the trip.
Australia-based travel management company Corporate Travel Management and Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate-focused brands this week reported solid growth in corporate travel transactions across their multinational operations and laid out further growth ambitions for the U.S. corporate market.
After wondering the travel startup wilderness for a couple years, Pana in 2017 landed on guest travel as a use case for its trip planning, booking and journey support system that blends technology with offline agents. This week, the startup announced it landed $10 million in funding to go deeper in addressing the headaches guest travelers and the companies paying for their trips face.
Since American Express Global Business Travel shifted five years ago to a joint-venture structure and took a big injection of capital, the question has been asked time and time again: How will the mega travel management company use the money? In addition to a couple splashy acquisitions—last year's HRG deal and 2016's purchase of corporate booking and expense provider KDS—Amex GBT also has been working behind the scenes for years to upgrade its core technology stack.
Not content with having raised $21 million in Series B investment in April 2018, new-gen travel management platform TravelPerk has successfully passed the hat around a second time in the same year. The company announced this week that it has drummed up Series C funding of $44 million, backed by technology investors such as Kinnevik, Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford.
Expedia Group-owned travel management company Egencia is finalizing a direct-to-hotel communications system that enables client travelers to chat with hotel property representatives through the Egencia mobile app. Tapping in to established technologies and supplier relationships of its parent company, Egencia plans soon to give managed travelers a unique conduit to pose questions, make special requests, heap praise or lodge complaints related to their hotel stays.
Girding for a shakeup in the way major airlines distribute content to the corporate market, travel management company HRG is advancing efforts to facilitate direct connections between airlines and corporate clients.