Tag Archives: Business travellers

AccorHotels signs agreement to acquire Gekko

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AccorHotels has signed an agreement to acquire Gekko, a major player in the business travel hotel reservation segment. This transaction is in line with the strategy aimed at strengthening AccorHotels’ leadership across the entire customer experience by enhancing the range of services offered to business travellers. Gekko offers search and reservation solutions via an interface connected to more than 500,000 hotels worldwide, ranging from budget to luxury. Its turnkey management tools allow business travellers to manage their online payments, offering them the option of tracking and optimising their costs. The transaction, which values Gekko at €100 million, will have an accretive effect on AccorHotels’ financial performance from 2018. Stephane de Laforcade and Olivier Delouis will remain at the head of Gekko and will continue to run the group independently. Thibault Viort, Chief Disruption & Growth Officer, AccorHotels, says, “We are very pleased to have Gekko’s team join our Group. AccorHotels’ extensive global footprint, together with Gekko’s technological leadership, today paves the way for the creation of a global leader in B2B hotel distribution. Since business travellers represent a key segment in the Group’s business, our capacity to respond to the specific requirements of this segment across the entire value chain is a factor that really sets us apart.” The transaction is subject to approval of competition authorities and has already been approved by AccorHotels’ employee representative bodies.

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Simplifying business travel experience is vital, states Sabre and Egencia anaylsis report

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Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, and Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, Inc., have released analysis and recommendations on ways companies can support their business travellers through focusing on the perks and travel policies. The joint whitepaper titled, “The Year of the Business Traveller: Four keys to utilising data to support road warriors in 2017”, states that based on Sabre’s global air, hotel and ancillary booking data, companies have the opportunity to increase traveller satisfaction in several areas, and can simplify the experience for all frequent travellers with fairly minor updates to their programmes. “Smart businesses can leverage travel insights in more creative ways to strengthen corporate programmes, while making trips more productive and travellers more satisfied. With the data, we have today, the strategic approach is simplifying the travel experience by putting the business traveller first,” said Wade Jones, interim President of Sabre Travel Network. “Business travel is projected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2020. Historically, as spend increases, companies increase their travel policy constraints. Egencia helps clients drive compliance without mandates, without constraints.  We do this by focusing on the business traveller, by offering solutions that guide efficient decisions without sacrificing choice,” said Rob Greyber, President of Egencia.

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Emirates unveils business rewards for corporate travellers

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Emirates has revamped its corporate loyalty programme to provide more value added incentives for business travellers. Emirates Business Rewards, the new programme has been simplified and made more competitive to allow for easier redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings. One of the biggest features in the newly improved programme is the ability to use Business Rewards Points to book any commercially available seat at any time giving members cash-like convenience. Emirates offers flexibility as part of its corporate loyalty programme – improving cost-effectiveness for business travel.

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Sabre ‘SafePoint’ for business travellers

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Sabre Corporation has launched a new mobile care solution tool called SafePoint  to help business travellers monitor business trips in a hassle-free manner. The announcement was made at the GBTA Convention 2016. Sabre selected iJET International as the exclusive provider of travel and security intelligence to SafePoint . The traveller during his trips will be automatically notified via the TripCase mobile app, through SMS, and email on the details about the destination.

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Airbnb and GBT make traveller tracking accessible

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American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) announced a commercial agreement with Airbnb. The partnership will have Airbnb make business accessible to GBT customers through data transfer and traveller tracking. “Business travellers want the freedom to choose accommodations that align with their personal and professional tastes,” said Wes Bergstrom, Vice President, Global Supplier Relations, American Express Global Business Travel.

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