Research Shows Strict Corporate Travel Policies Don’t Really Work

A business class passenger on a Cathay Pacific flight. Business travelers polled for this report indicated they are willing to book whatever they want regardless of their company’s travel policy.

Skift Take: Nobody wants to deal with a restrictive travel policy, and new research shows business travelers will make the choices they want regardless of what they’re told to do. Strict policies, though, can create a great awareness, but that doesn’t mean they work.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Skift Tech Forum Preview: Travelport’s CEO on a New Era for Airline Merchandising

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson will speak about next-generation airline retailing and distribution at Skift Tech Forum in Silicon Valley on June 12, 2018.

Skift Take: CEO Gordon Wilson of Travelport says his technology company is making it easier for airlines to display on travel agency “shelves” their content in the way they want. If true, that could significantly help airlines maximize their revenue.

— Sean O’Neill

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Creating Standards to Prevent Bad Behavior at Events

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An opening reception for an event in Australia. Meeting planners are devising new methods to limit sexual harassment during events. Engineers Australia

Skift Take: It’s an open secret that meetings and events are often rife with sexual harassment and other types of unsavory behavior. The industry wants to do more to create safer environments, but is only in the early stages of what will have to be a widespread cultural change.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Not Just For Hotels — Booking Holdings Has a Direct Strategy of Its Own

Pictured is a still from Booking.com’s Water Sports TV ad. The company thinks TV advertising will be key to win customer allegiances and capture more direct bookings.

Skift Take: With less fanfare than hotels, but with a ton of TV spend, Booking Holdings is intent on increasing its share of direct bookings. Anything that gets in its way, including metasearch sites that go out of favor, will be collateral damage.

— Dennis Schaal

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One Airplane Seat Manufacturer Promises ‘Germ-free Travel’ Within a Few Years

In the future, Recaro’s business class seats may be able to clean themselves, the company’s CEO. Pictured is one its existing seats, the CL6710.

Skift Take: The average airline seat is probably gross, filled with germs passengers don’t even know are there. But while some passengers get sick, most handle air travel just fine. It begs the question: Is this technological advance necessary?

— Brian Sumers

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Agoda Names New CEO as It Aims to Go Global

A photo of the entrance at Agoda’s large Bangkok office. The company aims for global expansion.

Skift Take: Agoda’s new CEO John Brown will be leading the company to increasingly push into Europe and the Americas, beyond its traditional online travel agency turf of Asia Pacific. The early numbers show that parent company Booking Holdings is putting its money where its mouth is.

— Sean O’Neill

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