26 episodes

BTN Europe gathers a panel of managed travel experts to discuss the industry's current events and how they impact travel managers and travellers alike.

BTN Europe Week in Review BTN Europe

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BTN Europe gathers a panel of managed travel experts to discuss the industry's current events and how they impact travel managers and travellers alike.

    Episode 26: Are we entering a golden age for NDC?

    Episode 26: Are we entering a golden age for NDC?

    With airline revenues decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic, it would seem that investment in rolling out IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC) has come to a standstill. 

    A Sabre executive recently said that "the vast majority of airlines have paused or completely stopped their NDC activity".  

    Certainly, there has seemed to be little public activity around NDC. But is that really the case?  Has Covid derailed NDC or has it spurred airlines and intermediaries into working harder behind the scenes to make it a reality?
    IATA recently held its Business Travel summit and NDC developments mentioned there show that things have moved apace. Many airlines have also announced new NDC-powered initiatives. 

    On the latest episode of the Week in Review podcast, regular host Mark Frary is joined by Claudia Adams of Allianz , Lydie Charpin of Amadeus, Aman Pourkarimi of Gray Dawes Group and  Paul Tilstone of Festive Road.

    They discuss GDS strategies around NDC, the version 21.3 standard coming in September and whether corporates really are seeing the benefits.

    • 44 min
    Episode 25: Will double vaccination plans reopen business travel?

    Episode 25: Will double vaccination plans reopen business travel?

    Last week, the UK’s transport secretary Grant Shapps announced a change to the entry regulations for England, meaning that anyone who has completed a full course of vaccinations against Covid will now be allowed to enter the country without having to self-isolate.
    Yet business travel has been on its knees for 15 months and even this reopening comes with barriers. We have heard again this week that another TMC has ceased trading. Is it all too little, too late for the sector.
    We discuss the implications of the UK Government's decision for business travel with Cilla Goldberger of ABT UK and the Focus Travel Partnership and Clive Wratten of the Business Travel Association along with regular host Mark Frary.

    Our experts look at whether the cost of testing will still dissuade business travellers, whether the end of furlough is going to cause a cliff-edge and more businesses in the sector will fail and how long the sector will take to recover. Our panellists also share their sense of optimism for the future despite the challenges.

    • 22 min
    Episode 24: Is the future online or offline in business travel?

    Episode 24: Is the future online or offline in business travel?

    The Covid crisis has brought the question of how your bookings should be serviced under greater scrutiny. Regularly changing regulations and border closures now mean that many bookings now require some hand-holding in a way they did not before.
    Recent years have seen many corporates shift their programme from offline to online in order to drive savings but has that now been reversed?
    The rise of online travel management platforms has also led corporates to question whether there should be a gap between online and offline transaction fees.
    The question of online vs offline is discussed by our expert panel of Adrian Witschi, global lead travel, expense and card programs at Mondelez International, Carlos Delatorre,  chief revenue officer of TripActions, David Bishop, chief commercial officer of Gray Dawes Travel and Leigh Cowlishaw, global supplier partnership director of the Advantage Travel Partnership.  

    • 35 min
    Episode 23: Is it time to change TMCs?

    Episode 23: Is it time to change TMCs?

    Business travel has been decimated over the past 15 months but that hasn’t stopped some companies from changing their travel management company. Indeed, some corporates have taken the time when things have been quieter to rethink their relationship with their incumbent TMC.
    The pandemic has also seen some TMCs fail, others to look shaky and more to consolidate, causing their clients to have to think about a new TMC. 
    In the latest edition of our Week in Review podcast we talk about what is causing corporates to look at their TMC relationship and whether the pandemic means that they are looking for different things from their travel provider.
    Our panel of experts - Katie Virtue of Festive Road, David Bishop of Gray Dawes Travel, Jean-Michel Kadaner of Areka Consulting and Chris Vik of TripActions along with regular host Mark Frary - talk about what is making corporates go to market.

    The panel discusses transaction fees, the financial viability of TMCs, why only 15-20 per cent of corporates change TMC after an RFP and the role of technology in making and preventing corporates from switching.

    • 49 min
    Episode 22: Working with the supply chain to meet sustainability goals

    Episode 22: Working with the supply chain to meet sustainability goals

    Despite, or is it because of, Covid, the corporate focus on sustainability has continued. Barely a day passes without someone in the business travel sector announcing a new sustainability initiative – whether that’s a new commitment to sustainable aviation fuels, a TMC announcing that it has set up a new carbon offset scheme or a corporate saying that business travel is going to be replaced with video-conferencing in order for it to meet its strategic net zero targets.
    Just recently, we have heard that sustainability is going to be a core focus for broadcaster ITV as it has awarded a multi-year travel contract to ATPI. Meanwhile, Amex GBT has announced a tie-up with Shell Aviation to aggregate the buying power of its corporate clients.
    We have also seen oil and gas companies taken to task by governments and shareholders on their own emissions.
    In our latest podcast, host Mark Frary talks to Francesca Mendola of the Global Travel Collection, Adam Knights of ATPI, Daniel Tallos of Nike and Paul Tilstone of Festive Road to discuss how corporates can work with the supply chain to meet sustainability goals.`

    The panel discusses the role of TMCs, what KPIs corporates need to be setting, demand management and whether offsetting and SAFs are the answer.

    • 48 min
    Episode 21: Who's buying whom? TMC consolidation gathers pace

    Episode 21: Who's buying whom? TMC consolidation gathers pace

    The Covid pandemic has caused a crisis in the TMC sector. The decimation of business travel and the lack of any real signs of when things will return to some form of normality has meant that many TMCs have failed – companies like Horncastle Executive with long proud histories went to the wall.
    Ever since the start of the pandemic it has seemed inevitable that there would be a wave of consolidation as owners and investors wanted to cash out of an industry that may take years to recover and, indeed, may never do so.
    In the past few weeks we have seen Amex GBT buying Egencia and old school Reed & Mackay being bought by new kid on the block TripActions.
    In our latest podcast espide this week, we discuss whether this is the beginning of a new wave of consolidation and what buyers and sellers of TMCs might be looking for.

    We look at why TMCs need to sell, how much they can expect to get when they do and whether today's big name TMCs will still be around int he face of well-funded comeptition from digital upstarts.
    The podcast features Julia Lo Bue-Said of the Advantage Travel Partnership, David Bishop of Gray Dawes Group, Steve Allen of the Firebird Partnership and Jean-Michel Kadaner of Areka Consulting, along with regular host Mark Frary.

    • 51 min

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