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• Troop Travel was crowned winner of the 2018 Business Travel Disrupt Award. The company processes a wide range of data to recommend meeting locations for employees coming together from around the world, based on criteria such as cost, convenience and visa requirements. TBTM editor Andy Hoskins was on the judging panel: “The six finalists all had great products, but Troop Travel and runner-up flightsayer were deemed the most innovative, and could make a big impression on the industry,” he said.
• United Airlines’ UK Managing Director Bob Schumacher said the airline is now enjoying the manifestation of significant investment in recent years. “It’s night and day compared to where we were ten years ago,” he said, highlighting the roll-out of new Polaris seating, lounge refurbishments, improved customer service and the imminent announcement of a premium economy product. The airline is launching seasonal services between London Heathrow and Denver (March 25 to October 27) and from Edinburgh to Washington DC (May 24 to October 4) this summer.
• Amadeus is integrating its Cytric self-booking tool into the Amadeus mobile platform. “We have combined both products from business and leisure into the Amadeus platform”, says Ghassan Teffaha, Global Head of Sales & Partnerships of Amadeus' mobile division. “Customers are excited as the app was missing the corporate stamp and this is the first piece of the puzzle that goes into it.” He added that in March they will add in expense capture and push messaging will be available from April. “We are seeing a demand for travellers to have one app to rule them all.”
• FCM and Corporate Traveller, sister companies in the Flight Centre Travel Group, launched new booking tools and tech suites at BTS. FCM introduced a new online booking platform called Seeqa, giving users access to increased options and functionality, aggregating GDS and non-GDS content, as well as FCM’s own content, all within one access point. Meanwhile Corporate Traveller, which specialises in clients with an annual travel spend of between £50,000 and £2million, says its new YOUR.CT platform gives travellers, bookers and managers access to a booking tool, approvals system, profile management, traveller tracking and alerts, travel policy, reporting and invoice data all through one portal.
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