April 5, 2023

New ITM Taskforce Aims to Tackle Concerns Over Changes in Airfare Distribution

The Institute of Travel Management (ITM) has created a new taskforce of buyers to help tackle the “major headache” of changes to airfare distribution, including the impact of NDC (New Distribution Capability).

The UK-based buyers’ organisation said that its members’ concerns over these changes had led to the creation of the Airfare Distribution Taskforce, which is made up of seven buyers from different sectors.

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TripStax Adds Emissions Data with Thrust Carbon Partnership (BTN EUROPE)


Tripkicks Helps Bring Visibility into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Business Travelers (ACCESS WIRE)

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CO2 Emissions Display in the OBTs: Is the Information Good Enough?

April 19, 2023
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For a long time, online booking tools (OBTs) have used generic methodologies to calculate CO2 emissions at point of sale. While they allow to estimate the level of CO2 emissions, these methodologies do not allow travelers to accurately compare several airlines on a same route, and make educated choices on the greenest airline to use. At the same time, travel buyers and travel managers improve the quality of the reporting to report on air CO emissions in a more granular way, using different methodologies.

Where do the key market leading OBTs stand today in terms of CO2 emissions display, and what are they working on in terms of roadmap? Are there other solutions available today to nudge the travelers to greener behaviors, thanks to improved information?

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March GBTA Volunteer of the Month

Makiko Barrett,
Sr. Director, Global Procurement & Travel

Makiko Barrett is currently the Sr. Director of Global Procurement & Travel for Automation Anywhere, Inc., a leader in Robotic Process Automation, based in San Jose, CA.

Makiko’s career spans over 25 years managing procurement and corporate travel. Before Automation Anywhere, Inc., Makiko has managed the global travel program for a variety of companies including Verizon Media, Yahoo, LSI Logic and Elan Pharmaceuticals. In addition, she is currently serving the GBTA Silicon Valley Chapter as the President.

Makiko holds a B.A. in English from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She is originally from Japan but was raised in Houston, TX and Yokohama, Japan. When she is not at work, she is busy volunteering for the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Severe weather forecast across much of southeastern Europe through at least April 5. Transport, business, and utility disruptions possible.

Japan - Japan to further ease COVID-19 measures for international travelers from mainland China effective April 5. Other domestic measures ongoing.

Turkey - Thunderstorms, strong winds forecast across parts of Turkey (Turkiye) through April 5. Possible transport, business, utility disruptions.

Vietnam - Heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast across central and southern Vietnam through April 4. Flooding and associated disruptions possible.

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