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Entrants Seek To Threaten Air Canada Monopoly
January 18, 2012 - 09:40 AM ET
Canada's WestJet now accepts UATP cards "to offer more options for corporate travelers," according to UATP president and CEO Ralph Kaiser.
Asked to highlight a primary goal for 2014, many respondents to BTN's Small & Medium Enterprise Report survey cited their desire to contain travel costs. It's no surprise. Cost containment is a perennial challenge and annual objective for travel programs of all stripes—from big spenders like IBM to small businesses with only a few travelers.
Corporate housing supplier Oakwood Worldwide in
recent years has expanded its global footprint not only through the growth of
its own brand but also through its 2012 acquisition of Marriott International's
ExecuStay brand. Oakwood president Ric Villarreal spoke recently with Business
Travel News lodging editor Michael B. Baker about Oakwood's growth plan, recent
changes to its sales structure and initiatives related to booking technology
and duty of care.
Los Angeles - Two years into his position, Loews
Hotels president and CEO Paul Whetsell is ready for what he calls a "stabilizing"
year. During that time, the upper upscale hotel company has invested about $250
million in renovations and technology upgrades across its portfolio and added
locations in a few U.S. gateway cities. Whetsell said he also "made a lot
of changes those first two years on the operating and marketing front, and now it's
more or less time to let them take root." Speaking with Business Travel
News lodging editor Michael B. Baker at the Americas Lodging Investment
Conference here in late January, Whetsell talked about Loews' plans for 2014 as
well as its recent decision to make basic Wi-Fi a free amenity across all its
Los Angeles – As Choice Hotels International
continues to expand its upscale footprint through growth of its Cambria Suites
brand and the Ascend Collection, travel buyers are taking sharper notice of the
largely midprice hotelier when it comes to creating preferred hotel programs,
according to president and CEO Stephen Joyce. Cambria in the past few years has
attracted several developers with multi-property deals, most recently a joint
venture between Driftwood Hospitality Management and Pacrim Hospitality
Services to bring the brand to Canadian urban markets. Ascend, meanwhile, has
given Choice a quick foothold in urban markets where it formerly had little
presence. Joyce spoke with Business Travel News lodging editor Michael B. Baker
at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit here in January about how corporate
buyers are responding to the brands as well as updates on renovations of its
Comfort Inn and Suites portfolio and Choice's recent decision to market its SkyTouch
Technology property management technology to the wider hotel industry.
Colorado-based hotel collection Destination
Hotels and Resorts traditionally has targeted mainly group and leisure
business, but in recent years has begun focusing on corporate transient travel.
President and COO Jamie Sabatier recently spoke with Business Travel News
lodging editor Michael B. Baker about the company's urban growth and the impact
it has had on its participation in managed corporate travel programs.
York - The Association of Corporate Travel Executives in 2013 reversed two
years of financial losses and will report positive net income of "a few
hundred thousand" dollars, according to executive director Greeley Koch. "To
us that's very good, because we have always run lean and mean and never had
that large rainy-day fund." BTN editors last month spoke here with Koch
about the association's turnaround.
Extended Stay America just completed a watershed
year in its post-bankruptcy turnaround, with the completion in November of a
$565 million initial public offering. Work continues on portfolio-wide
investment and renovation to which the brand already credits a significant
uptick in rates, revenues and guest satisfaction ratings. Extended Stay America
CEO Jim Donald recently spoke with Business Travel News lodging editor Michael
B. Baker about the progress in renovations and the response he's seen from the
corporate travel community.
Asked to highlight a primary goal for 2014, many respondents to BTN's Small...