Tripism, BCD Travel | May 26, 2021
Tripism, a leading business travel planning platform provider, today announced a collaboration with BCD Travel, one of the world's top corporate travel management companies. Tripism will use BCD Travel's Travel Data API to integrate joint client booking data back into its platform as part of this partnership.
Tripism can identify when a traveler is returning from a trip using this trip data from BCD Travel, triggering a communication at the ideal moment to request feedback. It is therefore extremely simple for a traveler to share reviews, feedback on Covid-19 safety measures, and other insights to enable better trip planning. As travel returns, this information will be invaluable in rebuilding traveler confidence and building supplier relationships.
The complexity and rate of change in the information that travel teams need now communicate to passengers exceed traditional, high-touch approaches. Many organizations try to maintain a travel intranet that can capture and organize the information employees need to travel safely. Tripism's personalized platform effortlessly combines information from multiple sources and presents it appealingly, engaging travelers and ensuring they get the information they need, when they need it.
Tripism joined BCD Travel's SolutionSource Marketplace as a result of this new collaboration. The SolutionSource Marketplace allows BCD Travel clients to browse for and select third-party solutions that easily connect to their travel package to fit their corporation's particular needs.
“Traveler reassurance is critical as we prepare to return to travel. “The Tripism partnership gives our clients a platform to engage with their travelers and build trust,” said Yannis Karmis, Sr. Vice President, Product Planning & Development at BCD Travel. “As travel increases in 2021, information will be more important than ever, changing on an hourly basis. Tripism combines dynamic, travel-critical data in a simple and relevant manner, allowing our clients and their workers to make informed decisions when planning their trips.”
“Tripism and BCD Travel are strong believers in the value that technology can bring to the future of travel management,” said Tripism CEO Adam Kerr. “Through this collaboration, more corporations will have access to all of the trip planning information employees need to safely re-enter the world of business travel, re-establishing travel as a productive, enjoyable, and safe part of working life.”
Google Travel | June 01, 2021
Google is making moves that further blur the line between hotels and private accommodations.
The search giant says searches for “beach rentals” and “staycations” grew by more than 100% globally in the last year. It wants to better serve that interest by combining vacation rentals and hotels in one comprehensive search result for a destination.
The “vacation rentals” filter – launched in 2019 – remains for users that want to limit results to only non-hotel properties. Still, without that filter, the default display will show both types of accommodations.
Google says results are ranked organically based on relevance to the user’s query. The company would not provide a list of current supply partners, but searches on the site show listings from Tripadvisor, Vacasa, Red Awning, Sonder, Rentals United, and others.
Vrbo listings had been on the site for nearly two years but in its earnings call in February, Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern announced the company had pulled them, saying, “We didn’t find investment in the Google vacation rental product particularly incremental, we didn’t think the customer experience was precious, and we are of course also having a period where we see great direct traffic for Vrbo. So we found other ways, and I’d argue more profitable ways, to drive traffic.”
It’s unclear at this stage whether properties from Booking.com and Airbnb are participating in the vacation rental search.
Google announced the new combined hotels and vacation rental search product Thursday morning during its Google Marketing Live online event.
“We’ve seen growing and sustained interest in vacation rentals since the start of the pandemic and have evolved our product accordingly to meet those user preferences. This launch is the first time that we’re showing results that combine both hotels and vacation rentals when a user is trying to find a place to stay,” says a company spokesperson via email.
Sabre Corporation | October 22, 2020
Sabre Corporation the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, today announced that Sabre and Google are developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technology platform that is an industry first in travel. The technology, known as Sabre Travel AI™, is infused with Google's state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning capabilities that will help customers to deliver highly relevant and personalized content more quickly, deliver personalized content that better meets the demands of today's traveler, and create expanded revenue and margin growth opportunities. The Company is integrating Sabre Travel AI into certain products in its existing portfolio, with plans to bring those to market in early 2021.