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Wex Enters Japan

Business Travel News (BTN) 5 November 2018
Wex Inc. is making its first foray into Japan. It will issue virtual payment cards for Japanese payment network JCB. Set to launch in the second half of 2019, the partnership makes Wex JCB’s first issuer of virtual cards.

Delta Enters Bidding for Alitalia

Business Travel News (BTN) 2 November 2018
Delta has emerged among the latest round of bidders for Alitalia, and low-cost carrier EasyJet also remains interested in the Italian carrier, according to Bloomberg. Italian state-owned railroad company Ferrovie dello Stato has made an offer, as well.

Travel & Corporate Solutions Continues Driving Strong Growth for Wex

Business Travel News (BTN) 1 November 2018
Wex Inc.'s travel and corporate solutions revenue surged 36 percent year over year during the third quarter to $82.8 million. The segment's performance helped revenue jump 18 percent to $382.7 million, marking Wex's ninth straight quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

Uber Adds Uber Eats to Business Platform

Business Travel News (BTN) 1 November 2018
Uber has launched a business management offering for its Uber Eats food delivery service as part of the Uber for Business platform. Uber Eats, a separate app that provides delivery service from participating restaurants, launched in 2014.

Air France-KLM Q2 Revenue Rises

Business Travel News (BTN) 31 October 2018
Air France-KLM revenue increased 5.1 percent year over year to 6.43 billion euros in the third quarter as the carrier resolved labor disputes that have hindered its performance significantly.

Uber Turns Key on Rydoo Integration

Business Travel News (BTN) 30 October 2018
T&E platform Rydoo can automatically populate Uber for Business receipts into Rydoo's expense app. Employees then can submit those expenses with a single click. In August, Uber for Business announced its intention to integrate with Rydoo, along with Expensya, Happay, Zeno by Serko and Zoho Expense.

Omega World Travel Releases Mobile App & Alexa Data Analytics Capability

Business Travel News (BTN) 26 October 2018
Omega World Travel has released a mobile app for traveler use called Omega Go. The app links out to the apps for online booking tools SAP Concur Travel, Amadeus Cytric Travel & Expense and Sabre GetThere. The travel management company also can connect to other mobile-friendly OBTs. The app also can be customized to include a client's logo and include agency contact information specific to that client, said Omega VP of IT and data analytics Nadim Hajje.

Fuel Cost Increases Offset American Airlines' Q3 Corporate Revenue Growth

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 October 2018
Strong corporate travel demand helped propel American Airlines to record third-quarter revenue this year, though higher fuel prices ate up those gains.

Hilton CEO Speaks to Corporate Sentiment & Rate Negotiations

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 October 2018
Hilton president and CEO Christopher Nassetta pegged 2019 corporate rate increases in the 2 percent to 3 percent range during the company's third-quarter earnings call. Last year, Hilton projected rates to end the year between 1 percent and 3 percent higher than in 2016, and the actual increase landed on the modest end of that range, close to 1 percent. However, the outlook is improving and business travel is looking strong for next year, based on "the latest and greatest update" Nassetta received from Hilton's corporate sales team this week.

Travel and Transport Assumes Full Ownership of Radius Travel

Business Travel News (BTN) 22 October 2018
Travel management company Travel and Transport has fully acquired global travel agency network Radius Travel, having completed the process over the past few years of buying out the network's other two owners. As Radius Travel president and CEO Shannon Hyland moves to his new title of SVP of global services for Travel and Transport, he said it "first and foremost will be business as usual."

United Will Realign Premium Codes This Weekend

Business Travel News (BTN) 18 October 2018
This weekend, United Airlines will realign some of its premium booking codes, partly in preparation of the launch of its Premium Plus premium economy cabin.

Event Tech Company Raises $6.3 Million

Business Travel News (BTN) 16 October 2018
Event management technology provider Hubb has raised $6.3 million in a Series B funding round led by Five Elms Capital.
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Virgin Atlantic Launches First Flight with 'Recycled' Fuel

Business Travel News (BTN) 4 October 2018
Virgin Atlantic on Tuesday had its first flight using a sustainable fuel. It hopes its partner LanzaTech eventually will produce enough fuel that all the carrier's outbound flights from the U.K. will run on a 50-50 mix of sustainable and traditional fuel.

Nexonia Launches Corporate Travel Booking Tool

Business Travel News (BTN) 25 September 2018
Expense manager Nexonia has stamped its ticket into the travel booking space with the launch of the Nexonia Travel platform. The first significant product since Nexonia merged with Certify in June 2017, Nexonia Travel marks a major step in the combined company's efforts to serve larger corporate clients and challenge Concur's dominance in the T&E management market.

Will Embedded SIM Cards Relieve Corporate Travel Roaming Charges?

Business Travel News (BTN) 21 September 2018
A feature in the iPhones that Apple unveiled this month could drastically reduce high international mobile roaming charges, a major hidden cost of business travel. The Apple XS, XS Max and XR phones include embedded subscriber identification modules, or eSIMs. Price per minute of talk time on foreign trips typically is measured in dollars rather than cents, but an eSIM allows the user to download a local calling plan when he or she arrives.

DHS Steps Up Real ID Education Efforts

Business Travel News (BTN) 20 September 2018
As another deadline for state Real ID compliance creeps closer, Department of Homeland Security officials are hoping travelers and traveler buyers start paying more attention to the "real" deadline looming just a bit farther in the distance.

Tortorich Pioneers Concepts & Products & Advises New Entrants

Business Travel News (BTN) 14 September 2018
Discovery Inc. global travel services VP Yukari Tortorich is in a good spot. Her company awards her for taking risks with her travel program. "Not everything is successful," she said. "But my innovation performance is measured on how well I try new things, not on whether we keep everything. It would be hard to take risks in a different kind of environment."

Amaral Leverages Virtual Cards to Reduce Risk & Save Tax Dollars

Business Travel News (BTN) 14 September 2018
"It started in 2014 when we were looking at a way to relieve the pain that many departments were feeling around reconciliation of the hotel direct bill process," said state of California business partnership and travel manager Bill Amaral. "We were in the middle of a procurement for travel payment, and virtual card rose to the top as a solution."

Advito Develops Tool to Analyze Future Airfare Trends

Business Travel News (BTN) 12 September 2018
BCD Travel consultancy group Advito has developed an airfare prediction tool to help clients negotiate with airlines and manage policy. Advito built Air Predictor with airline business intelligence firm Air Cube and has been testing it with pilot clients since early August. The tool collects and analyzes airfares six months into the future.

Jet Airways Plans Large-Scale Cost Reduction

Business Travel News (BTN) 29 August 2018
Jet Airways plans to cut more than $283 million in costs over the next two years, following a reported loss of 13.3 billion rupees, almost US$188 million, in its fiscal-year first quarter, which ended June 30.

Travel Agency Sourcing: Don't Forget Data Security

Business Travel News (BTN) 28 August 2018
How do you know your travel management company has a secure data environment? A simple assurance that "We take data security seriously" is not enough for you to know an agency is following all recommended guidelines.

Yapta Arms Travelers with Point-of-Sale Data & Analytics

Business Travel News (BTN) 27 August 2018
Yapta is putting in the hands of travel buyers the point-of-sale data and rate-tracking data on which it has long based its reshopping prowess. It now feeds the data into an analytics platform powered by business intelligence company Tableau and hosted on Amazon cloud data warehouse Redshift. Travel buyers can use the analytics to target supplier negotiations and benchmark their rate competitiveness. "This is highly actionable pricing intelligence that can help companies move towards dynamic pricing technology, rather than negotiating every supplier contract through an RFP," said president and CEO James Filsinger.
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Sam Meets Claire: FCM's Travel Assistant & 30SecondsToFly's Chatbot Integrate

Business Travel News (BTN) 24 August 2018
FCM's mobile travel assistant, SAM, has integrated with artificial intelligence startup 30SecondsToFly's chatbot, Claire, according to FCM. FCM is piloting an AI-enhanced self-booking air and lodging capability via Claire on SAM with interested clients.

Blockchain's Early Travel Industry Movers

Business Travel News (BTN) 21 August 2018
More concept than concrete. That’s blockchain’s place right now in the world and in travel. Here, though, are three companies bringing blockchain to life in the travel industry.

Southwest Invests for Corporate Sales Growth & New Distribution Strategy

Business Travel News (BTN) 17 August 2018
Southwest Airlines is on track to quadruple year over year its number of new corporate contracts in 2018, armed with a bigger and newly structured sales force and a distribution strategy leveraging new capabilities unlocked by its recent reservation system switch, sales executives told BTN.

STR & Tourism Economics Update U.S. Hotel Industry Forecast with Improved Projections

Business Travel News (BTN) 17 August 2018
STR and Tourism Economics have revised their joint 2018 and 2019 forecasts for the U.S. hotel industry, noting record-breaking performance is expected to continue through 2019.

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