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July 28, 2015 - 01:10 PM ET

Orlando – Visa and Orbitz for Business launched Visa Travel Manager, an end-to-end travel booking and expense management solution for the unmanaged middle market, the companies announced during the Global Business Travel Association conference. Visa clients with revenue between $25 million and $500 million can book travel on Orbitz for Business through Visa’s portal and fill out expense reports through Visa’s own expense tool. In August, the card network also will launch a single-use virtual card solution powered by Conferma.

July 26, 2015 - 11:30 PM ET

Orlando – Travel management company Adelman Travel and expense management firm Chrome River each now interface with U.S. Bank, the companies announced Sunday during the Global Business Travel Association conference. Using U.S. Bank’s Access Online platform, joint clients of Adelman Travel can access the bank's suite of products—including corporate, purchasing and virtual cards, central billing accounts and e-paybles solutions—according to a U.S. Bank spokesperson. Credit card data also will be integrated into Adelman’s platform to provide a clear picture of a company's entire spend, according to the TMC. For no additional fee, joint clients get U.S. Bank’s virtual card product and virtual card spend count toward the company’s rebate, which previously was not an option. U.S. Bank also now allows Chrome River joint clients to track expenses, make payments and reconcile through the expense tool, expanding on the companies’ 2013 partnership.

July 26, 2015 - 05:55 PM ET

Orlando – Concur TripIt and TripIt Pro users now can call their travel management company with one click from the itinerary-capturing tool’s mobile app, the travel and expense technology provider announced Sunday during the during the Global Business Travel Association conference. The app displays the contact details of the TMC associated with the booking, making it easier for travelers to make changes to trips during disruptions, said Concur senior director of business development for TripIt Jugdeep Bal. Concur TMC launch partners include Adelman, Christopherson Business Travel, FCm Travel Solutions, Frosch, Travel Inc. and WorldTravelService. The functionality is free and requires no additional download, but regular TMC phone service fees apply.

July 23, 2015 - 12:55 PM ET

Expense management software provider Expensify announced integration with several travel service and booking providers, including Egencia, Hipmunk, Locomote, NexTravel, nuTravel, Priceline, Rocketrip and Uber. The firm also plans travel and expense integration with Airbnb, Amadeus, Atlas Travel and GetThere.

July 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM ET

American Express Global Business Travel named Cindy Allen chief marketing officer to lead the travel management company's "brand positioning, marketing, product marketing, corporate communications and industry relations on a global level." At the end of April, Allen left Concur, where she served as vice president of TMC services. Previously, she was CEO of agency software provider GDSX, which Concur acquired in 2013. Allen and Kathy Burns also co-founded PayForTrip, a virtual payments solution set to launch its initial beta customer in August.

July 20, 2015 - 04:00 PM ET

SutiSoft’s expense tool now integrates with Google Maps to automatically populate mileage expenses, the expense management provider announced Monday. Other updated features include optical character recognition to match corporate card transactions with emailed or uploaded receipts in SutiExpense’s receipt repository. Additionally, as a user enters an expense item manually, the solution will search the repository to suggest a receipt match, according to a SutiSoft spokesperson. If no match is found, the system now offers the user the ability to drag and drop a receipt from the repository to a line item. Spendvision, Concur and Insperity also interface with Google Maps.

July 20, 2015 - 03:35 PM ET

Expense management firm Coupa Software acquired New York City-based travel technology provider TripScanner for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced Monday. Launched in 2013, TripScanner is an "open-booking" system that enables clients to capture data, apply policy controls and analyze off-channel bookings. Coupa plans to incorporate TripScanner features into its expense management offering for "select" customers by the end the year.

July 08, 2015 - 05:00 PM ET

The Trump Organization confirmed it is conducting “a thorough investigation” following alerts of “potential suspicious credit card activity,” according to a prepared statement attributed to executive vice president of development and acquisitions Eric Trump. The suspected data breach of the owner of 12 hotels, including meeting venues, highlights concerns about hotels’ point-of-sale credit card security. Breaches similarly targeted Wyndham and White Lodging last year.

July 02, 2015 - 10:40 AM ET

Travel agency clients of eMerchantPay can accept UATP cards, the companies announced Wednesday. Payment solution provider UATP will integrate with eMerchantPay to process claim submissions, authorizations, transactions and settlements as part of UATP’s master merchant network. More than 400 travel agencies accept UATP through master merchants, according to UATP’s website. UATP is a low-cost alternative payment network privately owned by 21 airlines worldwide and accepted by more than 260 airline merchants.

June 25, 2015 - 02:30 PM ET

Commerce platform Deem updated its mobile app, enabling optical character recognition to populate receipt data into an expense report, the company announced Thursday. Deem employees will verify the receipt data's accuracy. Deem also will automatically integrate transaction data from corporate and personal cards into expense reports this year. Concur announced plans for a similar function in April.

June 25, 2015 - 12:30 PM ET

Following the death of American Express president Ed Gilligan last month, CEO Kenneth Chenault announced organizational changes on Wednesday that go into effect immediately. Among them, 30-year Amex vet Steve Squeri has become American Express Co. vice chairman, and global banking and global network business president Paul Fabara will be elected an officer. Amex announced no new hires.

June 09, 2015 - 12:15 PM ET

Expense management provider Certify launched new functionality on Tuesday that automatically calculates the complex U.S. General Services Administration's per-diem rates. Those rates represent the maximum allowances for federal employees and contractors and are based on dates, destinations, meal combinations, incidental expenses, travel days and other considerations.