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Tripism CEO Kerr Assesses Travel Management Evolution
Tripism CEO Kerr Assesses Travel Management Evolution

Business travel booking and planning platform Tripism this month reported activity levels on its platform are now 250 percent higher than their previous pre-Covid-19 high point. The booming demand, however, is also adding to the stress on travel suppliers that still have not returned staffing levels to what they were prior to... Keep Reading

DRCT Aims to Bridge Airline, TMC Connections
DRCT Aims to Bridge Airline, TMC Connections

Airline content aggregator startup DRCT is positioning itself as a "neo-airline," connecting its airline partners directly to travel sellers with AI technology to optimize demand and pricing, including New Distribution Capability content. DRCT managing partner and cofounder Viktor Nekrylov spoke with BTN executive editor... Keep Reading

Ramp Takes Travel Plunge with Managed and Unmanaged Offering
Ramp Takes Travel Plunge with Managed and Unmanaged Offering

Corporate spend management startup Ramp last month leapt into the travel management space with the launch of the Ramp for Travel tool, designed to let clients set policies and spending limits, monitor compliance and view data via a dashboard. Ramp head of partnerships Benjamin Alderman spoke with BTN executive editor Michael... Keep Reading

UATP Stays Focused on Unused Ticket Management, Adds Full PSP Offering
UATP Stays Focused on Unused Ticket Management, Adds Full PSP Offering

As travel buyers continue to grapple with unused flight credits lingering from the early days of the pandemic, UATP has played a key role in developing a platform to help buyers and airlines manage those credits. UATP president, CEO and chairman Ralph Kaiser recently spoke with BTN executive editor Michael B. Baker to provide... Keep Reading

After Public Debut, Sonder CEO Details Push for Corp. Travel
After Public Debut, Sonder CEO Details Push for Corp. Travel

Short-term rental provider Sonder this week debuted on the Nasdaq stock exchange after shareholders approved its merger with special purpose acquisition company Gores Metropoulos II. The day after, Sonder founder and CEO Francis Davidson talked with BTN lodging editor Terri Hardin about the importance of... Keep Reading

Latam Charts Recovery as it Prepares to Exit Chapter 11
Latam Charts Recovery as it Prepares to Exit Chapter 11

Latam Airlines Group on Friday announced that it has filed a reorganization plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection via an $8.19 billion infusion to the airline group through new equity, convertible notes and debt load reduction. Over the course of that process, Latam has been cutting costs and adjusting its fleet, but... Keep Reading

New Best Western CEO Targets Loyalty, Corp. Transient
New Best Western CEO Targets Loyalty, Corp. Transient

Larry Cuculic took over as BWH Hotels president and CEO on Dec. 1. He's been with the hotel company for more than a decade, as part of the general counsel's office, making his selection to succeed long-time leader David Kong not the most predictable choice. He spoke with BTN senior editor Donna M. Airoldi in early November... Keep Reading

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