December 2013 News Archive

Business travel to face major changes by 2060

Business travel will look very different by 2060
Monday 30th December 2013

Corporate travel and the way it is managed are both likely to change beyond recognition between now and 2060, according to a new whitepaper from AirPlus.

The document includes a series of predictions for the future of business travel, some of which are more surprising than others. For example, the document suggests that travelling for internal meetings will be neither financially...

UK OFT consults on online hotel bookings

UK online hotel bookings could be set for reform
Monday 23rd December 2013

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is calling for opinions on proposals for changes to online hotel booking.

Booking.com BV, Expedia Inc and InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG) have put forward the plans to allay what OFT describes as “competition concerns” regarding online travel agencies offering room-only hotel bookings.

The two travel agencies each...

World Travel Awards recognise industry’s leading lights

Graham Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards, at one of the awards ceremonies
Friday 20th December 2013

ProCon Solution clients have featured among the travel companies recognised at the World Travel Awards throughout 2013.

The awards see some of the biggest names in the travel industry coming together to recognise excellence across a wide range of categories at a number of ceremonies held over the course of the year.

Among the winners was FCm Travel Solutions, which picked up...

Cost and security top travel priorities for business

Wider seats make for better sleep in-flight
Thursday 19th December 2013

Companies continue to pay most attention to cost management and passenger safety when they send employees on business trips, according to new research from American Express.

The Global Business Travel 2013 EVP Barometer shows that nearly nine out of ten companies cited measures designed to control and manage the cost of corporate travel as a top priority for the coming year,...

Online travel market set for further growth

Travellers are turning to mobile devices to make bookings
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Europe’s travellers are increasingly turning towards online booking, as a new report shows the market is set to grow in the next few years.

Web-based travel purchases are expected to outstrip the market as a whole in the next couple of years, according to the research from PhoCusWright. In fact, they are expected to achieve average expansion of eight per cent a year through to...

Amadeus and AirPlus team up for payment offering

The new payment card will generate single-use credit card numbers
Monday 16th December 2013

Payment provider AirPlus International and travel technology company Amadeus have joined forces to offer a new payment solution for travel agencies.

The Amadeus Airplus Travel Agency Card enables travel management companies to create a virtual credit card number during the process of making a travel booking and then use that number in the payment transaction. Beginning with Italy,...

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