BCD Travel takes majority stake in Colombia as part of ongoing investment growth strategy in South America

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BCD Travel takes ownership of its Colombia operations.pdf

BCD Travel takes majority stake in Colombia as part of ongoing investment growth strategy in South America

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, July 16, 2018 – BCD Travel today announced that it has taken a majority ownership stake in its operation in Colombia, a BCD partner since 1999. Longtime BCD Travel Colombia partner Andres Mongui will continue as country manager under the new ownership structure, reporting to Rob McTeague, Managing Director, Latin America.

Colombia will join Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru in BCD’s owned markets in Latin America. The Colombia operation plans to retain the current workforce and expects to continue growing the business.

“Ownership in Colombia made a lot of sense for us because of the outstanding work Andres has done in building a successful agency with a reputation for excellence,” said Mike Janssen, BCD’s Global COO and President of the Americas region. “Our M&A strategy prioritizes acquisitions in markets with significant customer transactions that also represent large growth and revenue potential. Many of our global customers invest significant travel spend in Colombia, and we project long-term growth in the country.”

The fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent’s most populous nations with 47 million people, Colombia attracts major global corporations with its substantial oil reserves and major production of gold, silver, emeralds, platinum and coal.

BCD’s investment in Colombia is the latest in a multi-year series of expansion moves. Other acquisitions of majority stakes and full ownership include travel operations in Brazil, China, Dubai Hong Kong and Poland, Acendas Travel and World Travel Services in the U.S., Nordic travel agency Ticket Biz, global Grass Roots Meetings & Events, U.K.-based international events agency Zibrant, marketing logistics agency Plan 365 Life Sciences and mobile technology company GetGoing.

“My partnership with BCD Travel for nearly 20 years has helped my agency reach a leading position  in the Colombian market, and we’ve developed a high level of trust in the entire global organization,” Mongui said.

McTeague added: “Based on our track record of successful travel management consolidations, I have extremely high confidence in our ability to continue offering businesses from around the globe the highest service quality available in Colombia without compromising savings.”

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel shares ‘7 steps to making companies more sustainable and competitive,’ and releases 2018 Sustainability report

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BCD Travel Issues Seven Steps To Corporate Sustainability

BCD Travel shares ‘7 steps to making companies more sustainable and competitive,’ and releases 2018 Sustainability report

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, June 28, 2018 – Global travel management company, BCD Travel has issued a set of guidelines for companies looking to develop and implement a corporate sustainability program. Released in conjunction with BCD’s 2018 Sustainability Report, the guidelines are intended to encourage other companies to join the travel management company in creating better businesses, workplaces, communities and a healthier planet.

“Having now spent many years building a successful global sustainability program, we’re eager for others to join us,” said Sharon Dirks, director of sustainability for BCD Travel. “Although our efforts have already shown tremendous progress, including multiple gold ratings from the sustainability auditing company EcoVadis, we don’t consider our work ever completely finished. We will look for even more ways to improve again next year.”

The 2018 Sustainability Report confirms BCD’s commitment to all aspects of sustainability and covers the TMC’s goals and achievements in the areas of governance, ethics & compliance, workplace practices, environment, sustainable procurement and service performance. It highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to give back to communities by supporting global and local charity initiatives. The report also fulfills BCD’s annual commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Based on its own experiences, BCD recommends seven steps to developing and implementing a successful sustainability program:

  1. Get executive buy-in. Ensure company leaders incorporate social responsibility into global business strategy.
  2. Create a cross-functional sustainability leadership team. To maintain ongoing support, assemble an executive sustainability committee made up of leaders from across the organization.
  3. Engage and educate employees. Employee participation in sustainability doesn’t happen automatically. Use educational programs to win support.
  4. Be global and local. It’s essential to have employees in each country committed to the success of the global program
  5. Tap into industry best practices. For companies just getting started, begin with the priorities that third-party firms like EcoVadis focus on in their assessments.
  6. Be realistic. It takes time and effort to implement a global sustainability program. Plan a phased approach from the start.
  7. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Emulate companies that demonstrate sustainability success. The United Nations Global Compact website offers information on thousands of businesses, including BCD Travel, who are committed to the world’s largest sustainability initiative.

To learn more about the seven steps, visit BCD Travel’s news site, www.bcdtravel.com/move-global, and read 7 steps to making companies more sustainable and competitive.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

Partnership Travel Consulting Founder and CEO Andrew Menkes joins BCD Travel as Senior Vice President of Global Client Solutions

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BCD Travel names Andy Menkes SVP Global Client Solutions

Partnership Travel Consulting Founder and CEO Andrew Menkes joins BCD Travel as Senior Vice President of Global Client Solutions

UTRECHT, Netherlands, June 08, 2018 – Global business travel management company BCD Travel today announced the appointment of former Partnership Travel Consulting Founder and CEO Andrew Menkes to the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Global Client Solutions, effective June 11.

In his new role, Menkes will be charged with helping to grow BCD Travel’s global market share by strategically aligning the corporate travel company’s offerings with the evolving needs of corporate travel buyers. The role will include collaboration with BCD’s regional leadership as well as working directly with clients and prospects to develop and review corporate travel policies; assess and select risk management services; choose corporate credit card systems, and other buyer challenges. Based in Cape Coral, Fla., Menkes will report to Mike Janssen, Global Chief Operating Officer and President of the Americas region.

A business travel pioneer, Menkes led creation of the first internet-based electronic ticket purchase with British Airways and initiated a similar web-based program with JetBlue Airways in the U.S. In addition, he was the first travel manager to be accredited by the Airline Reporting Commission, ARC, to operate a Corporate Travel Department (CTD).

“Andy’s expertise in client effectiveness is widely respected in the corporate travel industry,” Janssen said. “Throughout his career, he’s worked extensively with both customers and suppliers across the world. We can’t wait to tap his deep well of ideas for building successful travel programs that address each company’s unique challenges.”

A 30-year travel industry veteran, Menkes has built a reputation for success in the airline, travel agency and corporate travel management sectors. He founded Partnership Travel Consulting, PTC, in 2001, a full-service travel consultancy serving a client base representing billions of dollars in annual Travel and Entertainment spend. He began his career with a nine-year stint at TWA, including roles as Regional Manager of Interline Sales, and later as the first Regional Manager of Automation. In 2009, he co-founded PTC International, a global sales and marketing company based in Baltimore, MD.

“Having spent the last 18 years helping travel buyers from the consultant perspective address a broad scope of challenges—including sourcing travel management companies—I’m now eager to leverage the capabilities that a truly global TMC brings to the table,” Menkes said. “In terms of culture, management team, strategic vision and flexibility to treat each client with a unique combination of customization and creativity, BCD Travel and I align very closely. This made the opportunity to once again work on the TMC side very appealing.”

Menkes has twice been named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Travel Executives’ by Business Travel News – in 1998 and 2000. The same publication named him Travel Manager of the Year in 1999. He has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and as a member of their Executive Committee. He has also served on the Technology Committee of the Corporate Travel Association of New York as well as the Board of Directors of the Global Business Travel Association. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of IBTM.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel names Jorge Cruz executive vice president, Global Sales and Marketing

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BCD Travel names Jorge Cruz EVP Sales and Marketing

BCD Travel names Jorge Cruz executive vice president, Global Sales and Marketing

UTRECHT, Netherlands, May 22, 2018 – Global business travel management company BCD Travel today announced the appointment of Jorge Cruz to the role of executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing effective June 1.

With more than 35 years of industry experience, Cruz has a long track record of engineering client success—for both mid-sized and large global clients across a wide range of industries. In his new role, he will report directly to Mike Janssen, BCD Travel’s global chief operating officer and president of the Americas region.

“For many years, Jorge has been focused on helping businesses achieve more with their travel programs, especially in North America. He’s established our strong presence in the region while building an incredibly strong portfolio of clients in the tech, pharmaceutical, retail and auto sectors, among others,” Janssen said. “We’re very excited to deploy his expertise and energy in an expanded role that includes oversight of our global sales efforts across all regions of the world.”

Cruz previously led sales and retention activity as senior vice president in the Americas region and managed employees and client programs from California to New York. Under his leadership, BCD strengthened alignment between regional and national teams and increased BCD’s focus on helping companies leverage travel intelligence. During his 18 years serving in senior management at BCD Travel, he has overseen operations and account management, business development, budgeting and profitability.

“Industry consolidations, new communication technology and aggressive supplier marketing threaten to erode price transparency and drive up travel costs. My goal is to make sure that the substantial investment companies put towards travel produces the largest possible return,” Cruz said. “Whether it’s using hotel choice to strategically win over travelers, influencing spending decisions using mobile communication or adjusting sourcing based on data and analytics, we have a compelling story to share with businesses.”

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel names three recent graduates for international business travel immersion program

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BCD Travel announces 2018 management associates

BCD Travel names three recent graduates for international business travel immersion program

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, April 19, 2018 – Global business travel management company, BCD Travel, today announced the names of three recent university graduates chosen to participate in its highly selective Management Associate Program (MAP). The graduates will travel across the world for six weeks to learn from travel industry professionals, experience diverse cultures and get firsthand exposure to corporate travel.

“One of BCD Travel’s great strengths is our ability to attract and retain exceedingly talented people needed to fulfill our mission of  helping businesses to travel smart and achieve more,” said Christian Dahl, SVP of Talent Management and Global Human Resources for BCD Travel. “This program attracts exceptional recent graduates and prepares them to embark in successful careers in the corporate travel industry. It also positions BCD Travel as an employer of choice for other bright and talented people looking for satisfying careers.”

BCD Travel partnered with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) to develop MAP. The three associates will meet with executives in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and New Delhi. Upon their return, they will begin internships at BCD Travel, with an opportunity to earn offers for permanent positions with the company.

“Despite its size and importance to every economy, the corporate travel industry often escapes the awareness of many students as an opportunity for building a career,” says Dahl. “Travel and Entertainment represents the second largest single expense for many companies, and total global expenditures on business travel exceed $1.2 trillion each year.”

The associates chosen for the 2018 MAP include.:

Jenn O’Connell – a graduate in digital marketing from The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, in Athens, Ga. A student of advertising and marketing, she has developed a passion for effective communication and building strong, lasting relationships.  A volunteer swim coach, she hopes through MAP to build a greater understanding from different cultures and to boost her ability to identify and leverage the strengths of team members. “I want to learn from my peers and colleagues across the globe about how travel changes people’s perspectives of the world around them,” says O’Connell.

Chad Palucka – a graduate in international business from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa. The former soccer captain plans to apply lessons about teamwork and performing his best on the field to his professional career. He will join BCD following an internship with an engineering and electronics company in Germany.  “I am fascinated by other cultures, and feel that working with people of various backgrounds is an important part of any company’s or individual’s growth,” he says.

Korie Wilson – a graduate in hospitality and tourism management with a business minor from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. From an early age, Wilson learned the fundamentals of business and leadership through her experience working for her mother’s business. She looks forward to the insight to be gained through exposure to various cultures after a service trip to Zambia reaffirmed her passion for crossing borders. Says Wilson, “I hope to build a career that is constantly challenging me and pushing me to grow as an individual and professional who makes a difference in the lives of others.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel agreement with AFKL lets clients book reservations on Air France and KLM without incurring distribution surcharge

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BCD Travel agreement with AFKL lets clients book reservations on Air France and KLM without incurring distribution surcharge

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 30, 2018 – BCD Travel has reached an agreement with Air France and KLM that will let its clients book reservations on the airlines without incurring a distribution surcharge.

The airlines announced late last year that they would introduce a distribution surcharge beginning April. 1. The charge per one-way segment is applied to all bookings made in the global distribution systems. The surcharge won’t apply to sales via an NDC API connection, the Air France KLM Agent Portal or to Air France and KLM direct sales channels. Under the multi-year deal, BCD Travel is strongly committed to working with AF and KL, as well as technology providers, to determine how new technologies and distribution capabilities can be implemented to improve the travel experience for mutual clients and travelers. BCD is also committed to ensuring that companies retain the benefits of traditional distribution channels and will continue exploring the option of GDSs providing a viable NDC solution.

Both Travelport and Amadeus have supported this agreement, which will allow AF and KL to waive the distribution surcharge for bookings made through these GDSs from April 1. BCD is optimistic that similar support will be forthcoming from the other major GDS, Sabre.

“We are committed to ensuring that our industry moves forward and that new technologies are used to improve the customer experience for travel buyers. This agreement helps do that,” said Rose Stratford, BCD Travel executive vice president, Global Supplier Relations and Strategic Sourcing. “It ensures that airline distribution channels will continue to provide corporate travel buyers with all the benefits they currently enjoy.

“This includes the ability to shop from among multiple competing offers between like city pairs and to capture essential data needed to keep travelers safe on the road. We applaud AFKL’s willingness to work with BCD Travel to reach an agreement that mutually benefits our customers.”

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with BCD Travel which is great news for our mutual customers,” said Soline de Montremy, senior vice president of Global Sales and Partnerships for the Air France-KLM Group. “BCD Travel has given a strong commitment to NDC, and we look forward to working in collaboration with them and their technology partners in developing plans and delivering enhanced experiences for customers.”

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel Industry Forecast predicts a 1% rise in airfares, and hotel rate increases of 2-4%

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BCD Travel Industry Forecast update predicts further rise in airfares and hotel rates

BCD Travel Industry Forecast predicts a 1% rise in airfares, and hotel rate increases of 2-4%

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 19, 2018 – Airfare prices are slowly climbing in markets with the strongest demand, according to BCD Travel’s midyear update to the 2018 Industry Forecast. Meanwhile, the outlook for global hotel rates in 2018 remains unchanged with a 2-4% increase predicted over last year.

BCD’s airfare forecasts have increased in a number of markets compared to predictions when the 2018 Industry Forecast was originally issued in September 2017. As the economic outlook improves, strong global air travel demand and rising oil prices are helping to push up fares. In response to supply constraint and increasing demand, BCD raised its oil price assumption from US$50 per barrel to US$60.

“Our initial forecasts for 2018 remain largely on target. Intercontinental economy airfares will increase slightly more than our original forecast as the global economy continues to strengthen,” says Charuta Fadnis, BCD Travel’s senior director of research and analytics.

The forecast reviews airfares in seven major regions for regional and intercontinental flights in business and economy classes, as well as projections for average daily hotel rates and economic growth assumptions. Midyear adjustments to the forecast with details by market are available in the full update. Previously published by Advito, BCD’s consulting group, the forecast is now being produced by BCD Travel’s Research & Intelligence team.

The BCD Travel 2018 Industry Forecast update also takes a closer look at some emerging trends of interest to travel managers, including:

  • The impact of surcharges resulting from airlines’ efforts to lower their distribution costs
  • The benefits of integrating travel and expense management, and the options for extending this to other activities in an end-to-end solution.

Disrupting Airline Distribution

Airlines are eager to lower distribution costs and develop better ways of marketing their offerings across their own sales channels. Some major European-based airline groups, such as Lufthansa Group and two IAG airlines (British Airways and Iberia), have started to levy surcharges for tickets bought through non-direct channels. Air France-KLM will follow suit soon. This has led to increased costs for customers buying tickets through third-party channels, like global distribution systems (GDS). The report further explores the implications and impact of this development.

Travel and Expense: Go Further with an End-to-End Approach

Approximately 60% of companies surveyed by BCD Travel use an online booking tool (OBT) and the same proportion have introduced an expense management system (EMS). Surprisingly, less than a third of those companies have integrated the two. Implementing an end-to-end system helps reduce the stress of business travel, while improving travel program effectiveness. The update further delves into options and advantages.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

With the debut of the SolutionSource® marketplace, BCD Travel offers clients access to leading partner technology solutions

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BCD Travel debuts technology marketplace SolutionSource

With the debut of the SolutionSource® marketplace, BCD Travel offers clients access to leading partner technology solutions

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, February 6, 2018 BCD Travel today unveiled its newest product platform, SolutionSource®, a one-stop shop of third-party travel technology solutions. The marketplace, aimed at business travel managers and sourcing executives, provides recommendations and enablement of innovative third-party technologies geared towards program optimization.

“It’s a tremendous time for innovation in travel. By building an open platform, SolutionSource opens the door to emerging technologies for our clients,” says Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel’s senior vice president of product planning and development. “Our open ecosystem allows technology providers to integrate with our proprietary platforms to create a seamless travel management experience.”

The travel landscape has changed significantly over the past few years, with a surge of technology providers offering unique and targeted travel solutions. This wave of innovation brings new capabilities that allow travel managers to optimize spend, influence traveler behavior, drive operational efficiencies, and more. BCD Travel has made it easy for their customers to discover and integrate some of these best-of-breed technology partners into their program.

“As the global travel operations manager for the leading business social networking service, I pride myself in my knowledge of travel technology,” said Leslie Hadden, global travel operations manager at LinkedIn. “Keeping up with technology is time consuming. SolutionSource will not only help me identify relevant travel technology, it will also give me confidence that the solutions I choose for LinkedIn will easily integrate into my travel program.”

With SolutionSource, travel buyers gain quick access to expansive technologies in key categories including: risk management, price assurance, flight disruption, program optimization, and more. Freebird, Rocketrip, Fairfly and Yapta are among the initial SolutionSource Authorized Partners.

  • Freebird is a simple mobile solution that empowers business travelers to skip the line and instantly book a new ticket after a flight disruption in just three taps on their phone.
  • Rocketrip reduces corporate travel costs by rewarding employees for saving.
  • Fairfly ensures you always pay the fairest price for airfare.
  • Yapta’s corporate travel solutions provide price assurance for both air and hotel.

Expansion with additional partnerships will continue throughout 2018.

“We’re excited that BCD is launching SolutionSource to provide corporate travel buyers with a marketplace where they can easily identify the products and services that will add unique value to their programs,” said Dan Ruch, Rocketrip’s Founder and CEO. “With its global presence and reputation as a trusted advisor, BCD Travel is in a unique position to introduce travel buyers to Rocketrip’s Incentivized Behavioral Change platform and other truly innovative and valuable technology.”

“For technology partners, SolutionSource provides a platform to integrate their solutions and grow their reach within BCD’s global client base,” says Irina Matz, BCD’s director of product planning.  “To enable these partners, we recognize the need to expose the right technology in a way that’s easily consumable and scalable.  We’ll continue to develop standard APIs and developer tools to support our SolutionSource strategy.”

Beginning today, clients can browse SolutionSource to identify travel technology solutions to customize and improve their travel programs.

SolutionSource becomes the third product platform offered by BCD Travel. It joins a portfolio that also includes TripSource®, a platform to increase traveler engagement, and DecisionSource®, a platform to use travel data to drive intelligent programs. For more information about SolutionSource, visit solutionsource.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel and Concur partner to deliver greater hotel content to Concur Travel

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Release TripSource Hotels integrates with Concur Travel

BCD Travel and Concur partner to deliver greater hotel content to Concur Travel

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, Nov. 17, 2017 – BCD Travel’s clients who use Concur Travel will gain access to the same expansive hotel choices already available to travelers who book hotels using a BCD agent or the TripSource® app and website, BCD’s traveler engagement platform.

The integration between TripSource and Concur Travel will provide business travelers with access to over one million unique property options across the globe, letting them choose from over 15 million hotel rate shopping choices. Ensuring availability to desirable rooms and rates is critical, because the success of a company’s travel program depends on earning the confidence of travelers that they can find what they want in-program.

“Travelers should have access to the same rooms and rates whether they’re booking through an agent, their online booking tool or their mobile device,” said Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel SVP, Product Planning & Development. “Our integration with Concur Travel reflects our progress in meeting that marketplace expectation.”

In addition to helping ensure that travelers can find the hotel accommodations they expect when traveling on business, the integration will also help fix the problem of inconsistent content across booking channels.

The BCD hotel program combines content from Global Distribution Systems with that of leading hotel booking aggregators and private hotels. It lets travelers book client-negotiated rates and offers from hotel chains and private hotels alike— including fully flexible, restrictive, pre-paid, package, wholesale and mobile rates.

“Concur and BCD have a shared goal of offering comprehensive, competitive properties and rates.  Supplementing GDS content with BCD’s hotel program is a great win for our mutual clients and travelers.”  We are pleased to work together to bring this solution to clients worldwide,” said Mike Koetting, Concur EVP, Supplier and TMC Services.

BCD Travel’s integration with Concur Travel will launch with a pilot group of users. BCD’s hotel booking engine will integrate with Concur Travel by utilizing a proprietary Concur Hotel API. BCD Travel’s reporting and analytics platform will capture traveler data, ensuring accessibility to important business trip information.

In addition to greater hotel content, BCD Travel’s relationship with Concur offers businesses a powerful way to bring more travel spend and trip components under management —air, hotel, car and rail inventory, parking, ground transportation and dining. In combining BCD’s full-service travel management with Concur’s online booking and expense solutions, the two companies provide among the broadest offering for capturing, measuring and managing travel spend in the market today.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

About Concur

For more than two decades, Concur, an SAP company, has taken companies of all sizes and stages beyond automation to a completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk. Concur’s global expertise and industry-leading innovation keep its customers a step ahead with time-saving tools, leading-edge technology and connected data, in a dynamic ecosystem of diverse partners and applications. User-friendly and business-ready, Concur unlocks powerful insights that help businesses reduce complexity and see spending clearly, so they can manage it proactively. Learn more at concur.com or the Concur blog.

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BCD Travel takes full ownership of Brazil operations

BCD Travel increases investment in Brazil in a move that strengthens South American presence as part of ongoing growth strategy

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, November 9, 2017 – BCD Travel today announced it has taken full ownership of its operation in Brazil after purchasing all outstanding shares from its current joint venture partner, Antonio Fernando Slomp. The acquisition positions BCD strongly for further growth in Latin America’s largest economy. The company’s Brazil operation employs approximately 300 people.

“Our additional investment strengthens our strong presence in a market where our clients need to be, and it allows us to enhance our product and service offerings in Brazil and grow our business in a key emerging market,” said Mike Janssen, BCD’s president of the Americas region.

This week’s announcement follows the establishment in October 2013 of a new Brazilian joint venture, and BCD’s subsequent acquisition of a controlling interest in it. Since acquiring that controlling interest, BCD upgraded telephony infrastructure, instituted new workflow management processes, implemented a world-class back-office system and improved training and development. With this move to full ownership, BCD will continue investing heavily in technology and solutions that enhance service, improve data and offer other benefits for clients in Brazil.

Slomp and his Brazilian travel management company, Avipam, has been part of the BCD Travel network since 2006. With offices in both São Paulo and Rio, Avipam is a strong local player in Brazil.

“We have enjoyed many years of cooperation with BCD Travel as a partner and shareholder, and we welcome this change.  The strong relationship and trust between Avipam and  BCD Travel will position us to collaborate on any mutually beneficial opportunities that arise in the future, for either Brazilian or global corporations,” said Slomp.

The largest economy in Latin America and ninth largest in the world, Brazil provides significant opportunities for companies doing business there. The country has the world’s fifth largest population, with almost 210 million people.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,500 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$27.9 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.