Monthly Archives: November 2009

Unexpected Airline Innovations

Two airlines are taking a broader view of their mission.  Virgin Atlantic and Emirates have recently helped bring two innovations to the market, and neither has anything to do with moving people from one airport to another. Virgin Atlantic has … Continue reading

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Cutting Taxi Costs and CO2

You’re in a long line outside an airport, waiting for a taxi and wondering how many people in front of you are going to the same place.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could pair up?  Save time, money and … Continue reading

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Verbal Translation via iPhone

Here’s a cool – bordering on bizzare – new app that your international travelers will want to check out, assuming they have an iPhone: It is designed to translate spoken English into spoken French, German and Arabic.  It was developed … Continue reading

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Better RFPs for Meetings via SpeedRFP

This looks like it will be a very useful tool:  SpeedRFP is creating a standard platform for populating and managing RFPs for hotel meetings and events.  Any buyer who needs to get quotes from several hotels will appreciate this.

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Pre-Trip Approval Done Right

Here’s a success story that fits well with Procurement’s role in managing travel costs. Business Travel News describes how Deloitte achieved huge savings from implementing a pre-trip approval system.   So what, you say?  How hard can it be to turn … Continue reading

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Yvonne Kerns Wins ACTE Award

Yvonne Kerns, Global Travel Manager for CIBC, the large Canadian bank, was honored by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) last week.  ACTE gave Yvonne its Ambassador Award, the highest honor the association can bestow upon one of its … Continue reading

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Social Scanning, Fuzzy Shopping and More Travel Innovations

**Update: The four finalists are noted below in bold purple text.** The Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit showcased 34 firms yesterday. Each has an interesting new angle on some aspect of the travel business. For me, the firms in the social … Continue reading

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What’s Next in Travel Innovation?

Today I watched 34 firms pitch their innovations at a major travel industry conference. Nearly all were aimed at the leisure travel segment, but keep reading…because innovations in the consumer market will shape the face of business travel.

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Buying After-Hours Services

When your flight gets canceled, or your trip gets extended for two more nights and three more cities, who do you call?  If this happens after normal business hours, your travel agency may pick up the phone – or they … Continue reading

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Free Webcast on Travel Data

** Update:  The original webcast is no longer available.  Here’s the portion of the webcast that I presented.  It gives a few examples of anlyses that have some element of added value in them: MasterCard ProMedia Webex v2

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