News in brief: TAG, Focus, Click Travel and more

By Bev Fearis, published 28/10/20

Here’s a round-up of other business travel news this week:

TAG has joined forces with CargoLive, the largest touring freight operator in the world. “We have worked with some of the largest names in entertainment over the years, moving hundreds of thousands of people around the globe” explains Shane Barr, TAG Managing Director for APAC. “This joint venture with CargoLive will now give us the opportunity to be able to consolidate the work of already overstretched tour managers, allowing them to come to one place for all travel and freight needs.”

Click Travel has become one of the first companies globally to provide customers with Lufthansa Group’s Continuous Pricing, which is now live in the Click Travel booking platform. It expects customer savings to be significant, with 5% of annual flight bookings through Click Travel for Lufthansa Group Airlines, which includes Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings.

VistaJet has launched Private World, a gateway to the world’s most high-end properties and destinations. Starting with over 50 partners and properties across suites, islands, slopes, estates and yachts, the Private World collection will expand to more locations across the globe. Matteo Atti, EVP of Marketing and Innovation, said “Private World marks the start of a radical transformation of the top end of the travel industry, a shift in the business model not governed anymore by volumes of booking, but led by quality, trust and shared values.”

U.S. health and safety accreditation scheme ‘WELL Health-Safety Rating’ has been launched in the UK. The rating system, from the International Well Building Institute, has already been signed up by Loews Hotels and the Yankee stadium in the States. It is now open to all British travel businesses who want to prepare for re-entry in the post Covid-19 environment.

Travelogix, a specialist in the development of data, reporting and analytics platforms to TMCs, has become a preferred partner of the Focus Travel Partnership. It means 60 Focus partners will benefit from a preferred pricing model for the entire suite of Travelogix products.

American Express Global Business Travel has added a green hotel badge to its proprietary travel and expense software, Neo. A specially-designed badge will be displayed next to hotel options that meet a company’s environmental standards. Neo has long included carbon emission details for flights and trains and recently added a filter to this feature. Upcoming versions of Neo will highlight electric and hybrid vehicles in the search display, making it possible for travellers to easily recognise more sustainable options.