Corporate Travel

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Lola Pivots to Travel Management With New CEO

Lola Pivots to Travel Management With New CEO

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Lola has struggled to catch on as it now pivots to provide travel management tools to small companies. Mobile booking through travel agents never broke through and it's hard to see a path forward for Lola in the extremely crowded market for managing small group travel.

1 month ago

TripActions Expands Globally With a Focus on Service

TripActions Expands Globally With a Focus on Service

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

TripActions is investing big in customer service unlike many other players breaking into corporate travel. The truth is that it's hard to land larger customers unless you can service their travelers wherever they are, no matter how cool your app is.

1 month ago

Amazon and the Future of Business Travel

Amazon and the Future of Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As Amazon pushes into hospitality, a battle will take place over who owns the business traveler's wallet. Travel managers will have to deal with Amazon and hotel loyalty programs pushing travelers to spend more on their platforms. Ubiquitous voice-powered travel booking, though, remains a distant reality.

1 month ago

Delta Continues Strong Growth Despite Higher Fuel Costs

Delta Continues Strong Growth Despite Higher Fuel Costs

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As Delta goes, so goes the rest of the U.S. aviation sector. While the conversation will be centered around dealing with increased costs, all the fundamentals are still in place for Delta to continue growth across the board and expand abroad.

1 month ago

Travel Managers Should Get Used to Data Privacy Restrictions

Travel Managers Should Get Used to Data Privacy Restrictions

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

While Europe’s new data regulations may only apply to one continent, they’re expected to form the blueprint for similar legislation in other countries. Travel managers everywhere should get used to them.

1 month ago

Amazon’s Alexa for Business Travel Doesn’t Compute Right Now

Amazon’s Alexa for Business Travel Doesn’t Compute Right Now

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The big global travel management companies have pivoted to become more like technology companies in recent years. Despite the usual bromides about innovation and user experience, they're unlikely to invest in voice-powered automation right now. Personalization needs to come first.

1 month ago

Outsourcing Security Has Big Implications for Business Travel at Smaller Firms

Outsourcing Security Has Big Implications for Business Travel at Smaller Firms

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Not every company can afford a dedicated security director. There are services out there, though, that are evolving to offer more automated security solutions that aren't just for multinational corporations and global operations.

2 months ago

Doing More for Female Business Travelers

Doing More for Female Business Travelers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Companies need to ensure the safety of female business travelers on the road, but most don't have specific policies that are attuned to their needs.

2 months ago

Serviced Apartment Demand Rises Despite Headwinds

Serviced Apartment Demand Rises Despite Headwinds

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The serviced apartment sector appears to be thriving, although it faces a challenge from reduced growth among corporations. The bigger threat could be the mainstreaming of homesharing services like Airbnb at a time when serviced apartment providers are in the midst of a building boom.

2 months ago

Few Corporate Travel Policies Specifically Address Female Safety

Few Corporate Travel Policies Specifically Address Female Safety

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel managers know they need to focus on safety as more women travel for business, but seem to be unwilling so far to make specific changes to their policies. Hopefully, this trend won't continue.

2 months ago

The Plight of the Millennial Business Traveler

The Plight of the Millennial Business Traveler

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Business travel is obviously a great way to advance your career, but few talk about the negative effects like weight gain, stress, and problems with personal relationships. As younger professionals enter the workforce, more travel managers and corporate leaders should pay attention to the ways that business travel can lead to a problematic lifestyle.

2 months ago

Young Professionals Are Stressed Out But Still Love Business Travel

Young Professionals Are Stressed Out But Still Love Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It’s no surprise that business travel is seen as a great way to help launch your career, but it also stresses out young professionals and negatively impacts their personal lives.

2 months ago