Second Life Targets Corporate Sector as Travel Lockdown Bites

A virtual meeting in Second Life. Second Life Linden Lab Skift Take: Second Life has every right to reach out to businesses figuring out new ways to work remotely and to better engage potential customers, but there’s a lot of competition right now. — Matthew Parsons Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Skift Take: Travel companies today are more dependent on moving money around the world than ever before. Minimizing the friction caused by foreign exchange fees, regulatory surcharges, and other international fees requires a secure and streamlined global payment solution. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Hipmunk Co-Founders Spurned by SAP Concur in Attempt to Buy Back the Company

Hipmunk co-founders Adam Goldstein (left) and Steve Huffman tired to buy back the company from Concur. Hipmunk Skift Take: It isn’t very unusual for a company like Hipmunk to get acquired and then to fade into oblivion in the clutches of a much larger corporation. That’s the way it goes in the heartless mergers-and-acquisitions game. … [Read more…]

Singapore Launches WeChat Mini Program Catering to Chinese Bleisure Travelers

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Sinapore’s Chinatown. Chinese Singaporeans make up more than 75 percent of the country’s population, a factor that has driven its China-smart approach. Inna Felker / Adobe Skift Take: Singapore is ahead of the curve when it comes to its Chinese inbound strategy. It’s the first country destination to roll … [Read more…]

Forecasting the Future of Business Travel in Asia

Joe Green on Unsplash Skift Take: As business travel surges in APAC, the tech tools needed to manage that travel have fallen behind. But new innovations — like those from Travelstop — are beginning to meet the ever-changing needs of this soon-to-be $900 billion market. — Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

Ebix to Acquire India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $338 Million

Ebix chairman and CEO Robin Raina talks at Ebix Presents TV18 India Rising Summit 2019, a pan-India thought leadership effort sponsored by Raina’s U.S.-based software company. Ebix, an Atlanta-based tech company, is buying Indian-based travel services provider, is acquiring India’s online travel company Yatra for about $380 million. Ebix Skift Take: Corporate travel and event … [Read more…]

South Africa’s Travelstart to Buy Corporate Travel Agency Club Travel

Pictured is Travelstart’s headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The online travel agency is expanding into managed travel. Travelstart Skift Take: Travelstart is taking a logical next step in expanding from its core leisure travel business into corporate travel through an acquisition. — Richard Holmes Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]

Why Ebix Wants to Buy India’s Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $336 Million

Ebix chairman and CEO Robin Raina talks at Ebix Presents TV18 India Rising Summit 2019, a pan-India thought leadership effort sponsored by Raina’s U.S.-based software company. Ebix has bid to acquire Yatra, an online travel company in India, as part of Ebix’s expansion into travel services. Ebix Skift Take: Ebix has made a generous takeover … [Read more…]