The Business Travel Magazine April/May 2019

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THE REVIEW

T H E L O W D O W N

TMC NEWS

Miles ahead

Australia’s 1000 Mile

Travel Group is plotting

expansion in the UK this

year by establishing a

London headquarters. The

network of independent

travel businesses was

founded in Australia in

2015 and posted 200%

growth in the last year.

Belfast opening

Ireland-based TMC

Hannon Travel is setting

up offices in Belfast to

serve the Northern Ireland

and Great Britain market.

More for Dawes

Gray Dawes has extended

its regional reach with the

acquisition of INC. Travel

Group’s corporate and

marine business in

Manchester. It has also

purchased VIP Leisure

Travel Ltd. They are the

TMC’s seventh and eighth

acquisitions in the last

four years.

Going Dutch

Reed & Mackay is

launching in the Netherlands

through an alliance

with long-term partner

Munckhof Business Travel.

The two TMCs have opened

a co-branded office at

Amsterdam’s Schiphol

Airport which will serve

the legal, insurance and

finance markets.

TMCs lay down a

marker with new tech

TRAVEL management companies have rolled-out a raft of

new technology, tools and functionality this spring as

agencies clamour to demonstrate their superiority.

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) released

several tech upgrades including a new mobile experience, a

new benchmarking service – called Peer Travel Insights –

and its own re-shopping tool, Hotel Re-Shop Expert.

Corporate Travel Management, meanwhile, has introduced

'next generation' tech suite, CTM Portal. The end-to-end

management platform includes fare forecasting, booking,

pre-trip approval, traveller tracking and business intelligence

reporting. It is for bookers, managers and travellers alike.

Clarity has also upgraded its tech offering with the relaunch

of its Go2Book booking tool. The TMC held a series of user

workshops to inform the overhaul, with personalisation and

NDC developments taking centre stage.

airbnb signals

move into

transport

AIRBNB is accelerating plans

to offer an ‘end-to-end’ travel

platform by appointing a Global

Head of Transportation. It intends

to provide a single platform that

combines “where you stay, what

you do and how you get there, all

in one place”. It has hired Fred Reid,

once CEO of Virgin America, to

head up the new division. Airbnb

CEO Brian Chesky, says: “We’re

going to explore a broad range of

ideas and partnerships that can

make transportation better.”

12%

of buyers have faith in

Artificial Intelligence

Only 12% of travel

managers believe that

AI has the potential to

revolutionise the travel

industry by 2022

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