The Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is a weekly newsletter focused on the future of corporate travel, the big fault lines of disruption for the travel managers and buyers, the innovators emerging from the sector, and changing business traveler habits that are upending how corporate travel is packaged, bought, and sold.

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Late last year we wrote about expanding our coverage into the complex world of corporate travel.

Now, we’re ready to go deeper into it. Corporate Travel Innovation Report is our new weekly newsletter written and curated by Skift editors Hannah Sampson and Andrew Sheivachman. You can contact them at hs AT skift.com and as AT skift.com.

The newsletter will be delivered in your inboxes every Thursday, full of news, views, analysis and ideas on the changing business of corporate travel. We will look closely at the various players in the business, from the buyers to the sellers and, ultimately, the business travelers who feel the impact of these decisions.

Expect thorough coverage of the changing ways of selling corporate travel and what’s happening at travel management companies (TMCs), as well as insight into the changing habits of business travelers and the startups that are seeking to disrupt the established players. We’ll do all of this through Skift’s distinctive lens of looking at the world.

-Rafat Ali, Skift

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Corporate Travel Tech

Survey: Business Travelers Are All Over the Place When it Comes to Booking:
If companies want their employees to comply with travel policies, they should make it as easy as possible to do so. Read more at Skift

What Corporate Travel CEOs Are Saying About the Sharing Economy: Risk-taking innovation in the corporate travel space is hard to find. Sharing economy services with robust reporting and safety tools, however, will make change inevitable. Read more at Skift

U.S. Continues Dominance of Long-Haul Business Travel: America continues to be the most popular long-haul business travel destination for UK workers. Travel to emerging markets is led by Asia. Read more at Buying Business Travel

Business of Buying

Report: Corporate Travel Buyers Don’t Understand What Business Travelers Want: More corporate travel managers should collect a wider range of data on their travelers and better negotiate contract add-ons like free Wi-Fi, according to a new report from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Read more at Skift.

The Rise of Virtual Meetings: The process of virtualizing meetings is still a work in progress. Advito managing director April Bridgeman weighs in on the big growth in the digital meetings sector and the potential upside for travel managers; less travel means bigger savings for corporate clients. Read more at Business Travel News

Disruption + Innovation

Competitors Close in as Marriott and Starwood Loyalty Programs Come Together: Competitors are hungry for Starwood and Marriott’s customers. Travel managers should pay attention to upcoming shifts in loyalty program quality. Read more at Skift

China, India Set to Lead Corporate Travel Growth in Asia: Not surprisingly, Asia’s top two growing economies are expected to spend the most on travel and expenses in 2016 by a wide margin. Read more at Meetings and Conventions

Uber’s Stealth Rival Juno Is Wooing Drivers First: Uber and Lyft have created a new generation of drivers that understand on-demand services but are fed up with how they are treated and paid. This is a great opportunity for a new rival with money to invest.

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The Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is curated by Skift editors Hannah Sampson [hs@skift.com] and Andrew Sheivachman [as@skift.com]. The newsletter is emailed every Thursday.

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