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BCD Travel has launched a marketplace of third- party travel technology solutions called Solution- Source. The platform is
geared toward travel managers and
sourcing professionals and joins
BCD’s TripSource and DecisionSource platforms.
BCD SVP of product planning
and development Yannis Karmis
said the travel management company has seen a pickup in the pace
of new technology entrants in the
managed corporate travel space
in recent years, which is exciting
for BCD and its customers. At the
same time, it creates challenges for
how to work with providers and
deploy technology effectively.
“We’ve had relationships with
third parties for a long time,”
Karmis said. “But we really
haven’t had a consistent en-
gagement model for how we
put these relationships in place,
how we manage the flow of data,
how we manage the implemen-
tation process with these stan-
dards in place.”
The platform, Karmis said, is
“an express lane” for deployment,
which gives visibility to BCD
clients and eases adoption.
SolutionSource has nine launch
• Freebird, a solution that allows
business travelers to instantly book
a new ticket after a flight disruption
via their mobile device.
• Rocketrip, an incentive platform that rewards employees for
saving money on business trips.
• Yapta, a platform with airfare
and hotel rate tracking tools that
identify savings opportunities.
• iJet, an integrated risk management provider.
• FairFly, a tool to monitor drops
in airfare to capture savings.
• Tripbam, a hotel reshopping tool
that captures savings after rates
drop at a single property or in a
• Anvil, a travel risk solutions provider.
• Taxeo, a solution for VAT reclaim.
• CIBTvisas, a travel visa and passport company.
BCD director of product plan-
ning Irina Matz said some of those
providers come from longstanding
BCD partnerships already in place
while others are new and based on
potential client need. “As we con-
tinue to bring partners on board, we
look at each of them to make sure
that they bring value to our clients,”
Matz said. “We make sure that we’ve
done a security technology assess-
ment, make sure that we’ve got a
really defined workflow for them
and make sure that they can
integrate across all of our plat-
forms.” There is a large pipeline
of additional partners poised to
join the platform, Matz said. Such
partners could include niche book-
ing providers, chat technologies
and other solutions for corporate
All BCD clients have access to
SolutionSource, much in the way
they all have access to TripSource
and DecisionSource. The three platforms work together, Karmis said.
For example, reservation data that’s
viewable to the traveler through
TripSource is also fed into DecisionSource and then may flow back out
to Tripbam for price monitoring or
iJet for safety and security. “These
platforms are very interconnected
and will continue to get more and
more interconnected as the technology evolves,” Karmis said.
SolutionSource is live for BCD
clients. Matz declined to provide
details on the revenue model but
said BCD does have commercial
agreements in place with all its
— Additional reporting by
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look at each
of them to
bring value to
—BCD’s Irina Matz