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Christopherson Business Travel & Travel GPA Team Up To Reduce Client Travel Costs

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Christopherson Business Travel and Travel GPA have announced an agreement that will allow Christopherson to maximize cost savings for its clients through Travel GPA’s performance benchmarking analysis. Christopherson will enhance its existing proactive account management program to include improved effectiveness in managing a client’s travel policy and overall travel program by pinpointing potential and missed savings opportunities using Travel GPA’s policy compliance management and Best Practices/ROI Analysis.
“Travel GPA allows us to increase proactive savings opportunities for our clients rather than just ‘after-the-fact’ missed savings reports,” said Mike Cameron, president of Christopherson. “We are focused on providing the best technology and proactive travel management solutions for our customers and the benchmarking and compliance offered by Travel GPA is a great enhancement to our services.”
Christopherson is ranked among the top 15 U.S. corporate travel management firms and has developed 11 powerful proprietary travel tools to improve business travel management and the traveler experience. Christopherson is also well known for its use of the latest Internet-based technology solutions.
Travel GPA provides real-time, in-depth policy and benchmarking analysis on corporate travel spend. The data is live and can be scored against internal goals or benchmarked against the Travel GPA database of more than 32,000 companies and totaling more than $4 billion in spend. Travel GPA’s Dashboard 360 provides access to fully-customized online reports detailing corporate travel spend and cost savings.
“Corporate business travel professionals need real-time business intelligence so they can make the best use of their budgets and deliver value to their clients,” said Rock Blanco, president of Prime Numbers, producer of Travel GPA. “Travel GPA provides tools that deliver them the real cost analysis and savings they need.”
About Christopherson Business Travel
Christopherson Business Travel, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the independently owned leader in business travel management in the western U.S. With over 210 team members and 35 offices, the company supports more than $240 million in annual travel bookings. Christopherson Business Travel provides intelligent travel management to more than 800 successful companies. Christopherson is an affiliate of BCD Travel, the leading provider of global travel logistics. BCD operates in 90 countries with $14 billion in annual travel management bookings and a combined worldwide workforce in excess of 13,000. To learn more about Christopherson Business Travel, visit www. christophersontravel.com.
About Prime Numbers Technology and Travel GPA
Boston-based Prime Numbers Technology provides industry leading technology solutions for the travel community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 27, 2011 Media Contact: Krista Maurer 801-327-7615, Krista.Maurer@CBTravel.com
and was founded by industry veteran Rock Blanco. Travel GPA provides real-time corporate travel spend analysis and benchmarking. Prime Numbers also offers a suite of document delivery and productivity products and services including eInvoice and Profile Manager.
To learn more about Prime Numbers Technology, visit www.PrimeNumbersTechnology.com, email marketing@primenumberstechnology.com, or call 1-800-595-4923 X-3. To learn more about Travel GPA, visit www.TravelGPA.com.
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Travel Management

Airport Gate Semiotics

What do you do while waiting for your flight?  Bloomberg Businessweek observed 250 people waiting at airport gates this winter, and then analyzed their behavior for this funny article that really rang true with me.  I think I might fit into three of their categories…  Fortress Builders, Tabloid Readers and Food Stuffers.
I definitely don’t fit into the CNN Segment Chortlers category (I’m far too absorbed in my US Weekly magazine for that), but that one made me laugh because I just could just picture that person.  Which category are you?

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Travel News Travel Technology

SkyTeam launches iPhone app for passengers

Business travelers are now able to access flight information for any of the SkyTeam Airline alliance members through the launch of their new eSkyGuide  iPhone app.
The new app allows its users to look-up flight schedules, as well as seven-day weather forecast, an airport locator and contact phone numbers for airlines. The app also notifies travelers if the status of their flight changes.
The 13 member SkyTeam Airlines are comprised of Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines.
Click here for more complete details about the SkyTeam app.

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Travel News

Chef Rick Bayless opens airport restaurant at Chicago O’Hare

I’ll admit it.  I’m a reality TV junkie.  One of my very favorite shows is the Top Chef series on Bravo.  Regular Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef: Just Desserts…  I adore them all.  Anyway, I’ve gotten to know chef Rick Bayless (well, as much as you can get to know someone by watching them on TV) from his many appearances on the series, and been lucky enough to eat his food a time or two. 
How does this relate to business travel, you ask?  Well, if your business travel takes you through Chicago’s O’Hare airport at all, consider yourself lucky!  I just learned via Gadling that Rick Bayless opened a new eatery, Tortas Frontera, in the Chicago airport, found past security in Terminal 1.  Make sure to check it out next time you’re killing time there, and in the mood for excellent Mexican cuisine.

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Travel News Vacation Travel

Next time – Consider Shipping Your Baggage

After reading up (Googling) on the possibility of shipping luggage, I decided to seriously consider this for my next vacation.
All baggage shipping services end up using FedEx, UPS, or DHL so going directly through them will save money. With FedEx you can go through a “what-if” scenario to estimate the cost involved. A home delivery 2-day service for my average bag, (normally through Delta $25), estimated on the FedEx calculator at $22.92! This was for a trip from SLC to Castle Rock, CO, dropping off at the Salt Lake Airport FedEx office a few days prior. Not bad. For the pros and cons take a look at www. SeatGuru.com. FedEx also has some great information.
The airlines are also encouraging travelers to consider this possibility.

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Travel Management Travel News Travel Technology

Concur to acquire mobile trip management company TripIt

January 13, 2011 — Fusion DigiNet

Concur, a provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, has agreed to acquire privately held TripIt, a mobile trip management company that helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where they book.
Concur will pay approximately $27 million in cash and approximately $44 million in Concur stock at closing, plus a contingent cash amount settled upon 30 months from closing of up to approximately $38 million, subject to certain adjustments and escrow provisions set forth in the definitive agreement.  As part of the acquisition, Concur will exchange unvested TripIt options into Concur restricted stock units having an aggregate value of approximately $11 million at closing.  All components of consideration bring the total deal value to as much as $120 million.  However, there is no payment of the contingent cash amount if the value of the approximately $44 million of stock consideration issued exceeds approximately $82 million during the 30 month period following closing, subject to limitations.  In addition, individual holders of the approximately $44 million in stock consideration will lose their rights to payment of the contingent cash amount if they sell their holdings of such stock.  Though the payment of the contingent cash amount is uncertain, the maximum contingent cash amount to be paid, if any, at the end of the 30 month period is approximately $38 million.  The contingent cash amount will be recorded as a liability at fair value and marked-to-market each quarter through GAAP earnings. The acquisition of TripIt is expected to close in our second quarter of fiscal 2011 and to be dilutive to our pro forma operating margin for fiscal 2011.  Concur will provide more details in early February at their earnings conference call for the first quarter of fiscal 2011.
Concur was advised by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Fenwick & West LLP, and TripIt was advised by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP on the transaction.
“The advancement of mobile solutions has changed the way business travelers buy, share, manage and expense their travel plans,” said Steve Singh, Concur’s chairman and chief executive officer. “There is a universal need to bring order to the chaos of travel and make life better for business travelers. That is true for both managed and unmanaged travel. Together, we solve challenges along the entire business travel process – from booking, through in-trip activities and sharing trip information, to post-trip expense management and reconciliation. We welcome the entire TripIt team to Concur and look forward to working together to deliver even more value to travelers, our customers and our partners.”
“This is great news for the millions of travelers who trust TripIt as a better way to manage travel and the hundreds of third party developers who are a part of the TripIt API ecosystem. Together with Concur, we can move even faster to realize our vision of making travel easier for even more people and companies around the world,” said Gregg Brockway, TripIt co-founder and president. “It’s also a testament to the passion, hard work, and commitment to excellence the entire TripIt team has demonstrated since day one to be the best at solving tough travel problems to help improve the lives of travelers everywhere.”

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Vacation Travel

Whale Watching on Maui

If you were in Maui right now you very likely would see a humpback whale. Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world.
The waters off of West Maui and South Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600 feet deep, making Maui an ideal spot for the most spectacular whale watching.
Expert guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales.
Lahaina Harbor is home to a wide range of whale watching tours. From charter boats to passenger rafts, a stroll past the whale watching kiosks lining Lahaina harbor reveals a variety of whale watching options. During the peak of whale watching season between January and early April, the pier is abuzz with activity. Tours last roughly 2 – 4 hours long and some even offer early bird specials.
But you don’t have to go on a whale watching tour to spot whales. In fact, there are plenty of areas on Maui where humpbacks can frequently be seen from the shore during whale season. The scenic McGregor Point lookout west of Maalaea and the beaches of Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea are also great spots to see whales.

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Travel News Vacation Travel

New St. George, Utah airport opens today, January 13, 2011

It is an exciting day for St. George and the Zion’s National Park area of Utah. After 20 years of setbacks and controversy, the new St. George airport officially opens today.
The old airport had its charm and a unique experience as planes landed atop a plateau overlooking St. George. But the plateau provided limitations of a short runway and no option for expansion, limiting air service to the region.
The limitations are now things of the past. The new airport is considerably larger, and its runway can accommodate much larger aircraft such as 737’s and bring more services to the area. SkyWest plans to increase services in St. George by 16% tomorrow and another 30% on March 1 when they begin offering daily flights to Los Angeles.

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Travel News Travel Technology

Air Canada-Travelport GDS deal enables selling of optional services

Great news!  According to a Travel Weekly article, Travelport has signed a new GDS deal with Air Canada that includes a connection with the airline’s API (application programming interface).
The connection will enable travel agents who use the Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan GDSs to sell a range of Air Canada fares, plus optional services such as paid seat assignments, prepaid meals and lounge passes.
Travis Christ, Travelport GDS’s president of the Americas, called the integration of fares and optional products on a single GDS screen an “industry first.”
This is something the travel industry has been working on for a long time, and we are excited it is finally happening.

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Travel News

Travel Tips to Reduce Health Risks of Extended Air Travel

Holiday travel often means overbooked flights and passenger traffic – these elements are unavoidable. However, health risks from air travel can be minimized.
The following travel information and tips for reducing your air travel health risks are provided courtesy of Ames Walker, specialists in support hosiery.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
DVT (also known as economy class syndrome) is a serious, potentially fatal condition. It is a blood clot (thrombosis) that forms in the vein system of the lower leg (usually between the ankle and the upper calf). DVT can form from sitting for long periods of time. Symptoms may or may not occur, and might include muscle tension in the leg, a dull ache or sudden pain, a cramp in the calf, and elevated body temperature.

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Travel News Travel Technology

Clear is Back. Is it Secure?

Remember Clear?  The little biometric card that helped you speed through airport security?  
In June 2009 the original Clear closed its doors and left 200,000 traveling members stranded.  Recently Clear was purchased and relaunched by Caryn Seidman-Becker, Chairman & CEO and Ken Cornick, President & CFO.  They have recruited team members with resumes of success in many different areas, including the travel and airline industry. 
Currently Clear is available in the Orlando International Airport and the Denver International Airport, with more to come.  This team of experts is honoring memberships purchased prior to their venture and are offering new memberships and corporate programs. This new ownership and team appear to be committed to making your travel experience pleasurable, safe and secure.  To learn more about Clear you can visit their website at www.clearme.com.