Category Archives: Hotels

Hotels and CO2: Good Green Metrics

Are you factoring carbon emissions into your travel procurement decisions? It doesn’t yet seem to be a strong trend in the U.S., in part due to the lack of good metrics.  Here’s a company that is taking on the hard … Continue reading

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Trippy – Tomorrow’s Biz Trip Planning Tool?

Take a look at how we might be planning business trips in the very near future.   The video below plans some ground-based activities of a leisure trip, but you’ll quickly see how this tool could be used in a business … Continue reading

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When Travel Suppliers Look The Same – Beware!

This post continues the thread from “Deciding How to Decide”.  Here, I deal with the common case of having to choose from suppliers that seem comparable on non-price dimensions. One of the things that makes sourcing the travel category unique … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 4): Travel Analytics

Today we’ll look at data reporting’s sexy cousin, analytics.  Well, “sexy” may be a stretch, but my point is that data reporting is not very interesting, while good analytics can make you say “Wow – look at that!” Travel category … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 2): Data Scrubbing

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Let’s assume that you’ve collected all your travel data – now what?  Just like with your other categories, you now have to … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 1): Best Sources of Travel Data

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Sourcing the travel category is the same as most other procurement categories – you need to start with good spend data.  The … Continue reading

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Leveraging Travel Data: 3 Examples

The good folks at ITM hosted the education session “Sweating The Numbers”, in which three of us gave examples of how to leverage travel data.  The slides I presented are here.  They show how to progress from ordinary hotel data … Continue reading

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Hotel Sourcing Technology Contacts

If you’re about to source hotels, you (or your TMC) will likely want to use one of these Hotel RFP platforms.  By platform, I mean the technology that allows you to upload a bid list (the list of hotels to … Continue reading

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Slides from “Travel Procurement 411″

We had a great CCTE session at the NBTA conference this week.  Many thanks to Roger Hale and his terrific staff from AdTrav, who sponsored and helped facilitate the workshop. Fifty-five folks contributed to an engaging day-long session.  We covered … Continue reading

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Clusters and Hotel Sourcing Innovation

As promised, here’s more on the story of hotel clusters and why it’s so relevant to your hotel sourcing efforts.  The link above takes you to the must-read Procurement.travel‘s online site, where you’ll get an in-depth look at what clusters … Continue reading

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