Matthew Parsons

Matthew covers the corporate travel sector, with his eye on the intersections of procurement, technology and culture. He was previously editor of Buying Business Travel, overseeing its transition to BTN Europe before becoming a Skifter. He lives in London with his young family, but as a self-confessed Francophile loves to hop across the channel for a taste of the good life.

Latest Stories

Airlines

JetBlue’s Long Game Involves More International Flights

The airline’s planned takeover of Spirit will give it a bigger footprint in the U.S., but destinations including Africa are part of a bigger, bolder plan — one, however, that could take several years to materialize.

JetBlue’s Long Game Involves More International Flights

Business Travel

In Search of Corporate Travel’s Elusive Recovery

Most industry forecasts point to an eventual recovery — even to the 2019 high of $1.4 trillion in annual spending — as business trips start to bounce back. But many underlying trends are emerging in a fragile global economy. How we travel, and for what purpose, is far from certain as we enter a new era of accountability.

In Search of Corporate Travel’s Elusive Recovery

Tourism

Baltic States and Poland Now Turning Away All Tourists From Russia

Finland remains the only neighboring country that still issues visas to Russian tourists, as Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania impose new restrictions. The opportunities Russians now have to fly from other countries is more restricted than ever.

Baltic States and Poland Now Turning Away All Tourists From Russia

Business Travel

Singapore Regains Title as Conference Hotspot for Dealmakers and Investors

Business travel is booming, and rival financial hub Hong Kong can only look on in frustration as the international banking community flies in for some long overdue networking.

Singapore Regains Title as Conference Hotspot for Dealmakers and Investors

Business Travel

Remote Work May Win New Advocates Over Rising Energy Costs for Offices

Coronavirus threw traditional work and travel patterns into disarray last winter, forcing people to stay at home. But this time around concerns over sky-high energy bills could push people into co-working spaces to keep costs down.

Remote Work May Win New Advocates Over Rising Energy Costs for Offices

News Blog

Sonder Adds Former CWT CEO Michelle Frymire to Its Board

In a further sign of its push into business travel, Sonder has added Michelle Frymire, the former CEO of corporate travel agency CWT, to its board of directors. The next-generation hospitality company this month also announced it has a chain code, SS, in the Sabre and Amadeus global distribution systems, and earlier this year expanded…

Airlines

Lufthansa and Amadeus Reset Their Distribution Relationship in Revamped Pact

The two European heavyweights claim they now see eye to eye on the future of airfare retailing. Just don’t expect pay-as-you-fly to take off just yet.

Lufthansa and Amadeus Reset Their Distribution Relationship in Revamped Pact

News Blog

Former Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser Returns to Travel

Peter Fankauser is marking his official return to travel after a three-year absence, as he takes on the role of chairman at Germany's itravel Group. He has also previously been an investor and consultant at the Cologne-based tour operator. Fankauser was CEO of Thomas Cook Group from 2014 up until its collapse in September 2019.…

News Blog

Expedia Vet John Kim Leaving to Be PayPal Chief Product Officer

Expedia's John Kim is stepping down to take a new role at PayPal as executive vice president, chief product officer, beginning Sept. 26. Kim, who was once in the running to replace CEO Mark Okerstrom after his shock departure in 2019, leaves after a stint of more than 10 years at the travel brand. He…

Business Travel

Black Entrepreneurs Receive Support for Ideas Focused on Travel

The inaugural Build In Tulsa Techstars Accelerator has group travel, payments and even networking in its sights as it builds on the Black Wall Street legacy.

Black Entrepreneurs Receive Support for Ideas Focused on Travel