Each new year brings a new outlook, and by measures both anecdotal and numerical, corporate travel demand is off to a strong start in 2019. This is on top of what has proven to be a healthy 2018 for corporate travel demand.
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.
Cornerstone Information Systems has acquired Topaz International, a corporate travel auditing and benchmarking firm that works directly with travel buyers.
Australia-based Corporate Travel Management by the end of the year plans to launch its full suite of client-facing technologies in the U.S., including its online booking system, managing director Jamie Pherous said during the travel management company's fiscal-year earnings call Wednesday.
BCD Travel plans to roll out a merchandizing platform this year to support sales of in-trip services to travelers on their mobile devices, executive vice president of global supplier relations and strategic sourcing Rose Collazo Stratford said during a Travelport customer conference in Miami this week. BCD's mobile system is powered by Travelport-owned Mobile Travel Technologies.
Ever since it launched, Jay Walker's business travel startup Upside has gone directly after the end-user business traveler. More recently, the company has added a few tools and perks for the employer, including employee onboarding support, reports on spending and a cashback rewards program for participating companies.
WhereTo began as a leisure startup that helped would-be vacationers decide where to travel based on air and hotel budgets. When founder and CEO Ryan Wenger demoed the concept at South by Southwest a couple years ago, it caught the eye of a travel buyer from a large corporation. That's when everything changed.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to roll out flight booking capabilities on its CWT To Go mobile app in the second half of the year, CEO Kurt Ekert said. Already, mobile flight booking is testing with clients in what Ekert called an "aggressive pilot phase."