Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is the CEO of Miami-based PASS Consulting Corporation. He has been the driver behind PASS's success and continued growth in the travel and telecommunications industries. He is also Head of the Business Unit Travel worldwide for PASS Consulting Group. Michael started his professional career in 1993 at Siemens Mobile Germany as a developer for cordless phone systems. He soon was in charge for product development and strategic relationships with leading customers. Later he was responsible for both strategic market and trend analysis for Siemens' cell phone network division and worked closely with the Siemens executive leadership team. In 2000, Michael Strauss joined PASS Germany, where he developed and managed the telecommunications division. In 2004 he was named CEO of PASS North America and at the same time Head of the Business Unit Travel. Since then Michael has been instrumental in scaling PASS's technology solutions while maintaining a culture of innovation within the company. Michael holds a Masters degree in Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich.

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Corporate Travel

How to Make the Most Out Of Corporate Travel

Did you know that for every dollar invested in corporate travel, companies can increase their revenue by an average of $9.50 and $2.90 in new profits? No wonder that Americans went on more than 452 million corporate trips in 2014, with almost 40% going to meetings and events.

Even though corporate travel is not about the employee’s pleasure and serves a greater purpose, there are still some easy ways to make the most out of your trip and even save your company some money. Continue reading 

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IPOs and Fierce Competition Force GDSs to Withdraw From the Battlefield

The historical development of travel is based on human mobility. In the beginning this travel was done for practical reasons, such as the search for places with food and water and escaping from natural catastrophes, but it quickly grew to include travels for cultural reasons.

In the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks, excursions to particular events, such as the Olympic Games and all manner of competitions, was a routine ritual of the rich upper class. Continue reading 

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The Apple Watch: Between Revolution and Exaggerated Expectations

Even though the Apple Watch won’t be available until April 24, it is already being celebrated as a huge game changer. But what can wearables provide smartphones can’t? How can a simple watch revolutionize the way people travel?

When Apple announced the release date for the Apple watch, many people around the world were either joyfully gasping for breath or shaking their heads in disbelief. The competition is fierce, yet the consumers don’t seem to be completely ready for the concept of an all-round watch. Continue reading 

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2010 vs. 2015: Is 6% The Magic Number For Corporate Travel Growth?

Last week we were talking about corporate travel expenses and how to manage them in the most effective way without spending thousands of dollars on pricey software. Since the corporate travel volume is constantly growing, it is time to have a closer look at some facts about U.S. travel spending in the past, as well as projections for 2015.

When I published my book about the developments in travel distribution back in 2010, I took a closer look at the U.S. travel market in one of the first chapters.
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Having A Closer Look: Why Expense Management Is Overrated

About four months ago SAP announced its agreement to buy Concur for 8.3 Billion Dollars. Many industry professionals –including myself- were intensely debating about the reasons and consequences of this acquisition.

Since SAP already had its own expense management tool and Concur hasn’t made profit in years, the question we all had in mind was obvious: What were they thinking?! Continue reading 

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The Day Uber Introduced the Panic Button In India and Annoyed Taxi Drivers All Around the World

It almost seems like Uber’s risk management department read my previous article about the missing safety arrangements for travelers using the controversial transportation service.

That’s why I was more than surprised when I checked my Twitter timeline last week and saw the big news: Uber is launching two new security features, the “panic button” and the “safety net”, which allow riders to immediately call for help and inform up to five people in case of an emergency. Continue reading 

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Uber: Why a Driver’s License and 4 Doors Can’t Guarantee Safety for Travelers

“Do you take a cab sometimes?” I randomly asked one of my employees this morning. “Actually not”, she replied, slightly confused. “It is too expensive!”.

Interesting, I thought to myself, while I walked back into my office and tried to make a list in my head of all the things I do expect from a good transportation service. It should be safe, reliable and bring me from point A to point B for a reasonable price, that much was clear. Continue reading 

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Travel Safety Tips: The 101 For Corporate and Leisure Travelers (Part 1)

No matter if you are a corporate or leisure traveler, safety should always be your number one priority when going abroad. Especially when you are traveling alone, you are vulnerable and should prepare in advance to protect yourself, your baggage and important documents.

The more you know about your destination, the safer your trip will be. The following tips will help you to plan your trip better and minimize the typical risks of travelers on the road. Continue reading 

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How To Survive The Thanksgiving Terror: 8 Travel Tips To Make Your Holiday Trip Easier

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many people are already packing their bags to visit their friends and loved ones. It is no surprise that this week is known to be the busiest travel time of the year.

AAA predicts that the Thanksgiving travel volume will reach the highest level since 2007 and more than 46 million Americans will travel from Wednesday through Sunday, which is a 4.2 % increase compared to 2013. Continue reading 

Travel industry disruption

Ready For Disruption: How Travelers Are Changing The Travel Industry

In the last years, technologies have advanced and outdated business models have been replaced or updated. This so called disruption is shaping the future of travel – not just technologically, but also economically, geographically and socially.

The survey makes clear that personalization and mobile are two important areas of the travel industry and will experience the most disruption. Continue reading 

Economic Impact of Tourism

The Economic Impact Of Tourism

The tourism industry is known for the many economic benefits it can bring to a country.

It does not only create jobs, but also lead to a better cultural understanding and improvement of the infrastructure. Tourism generated sales, employment, taxes and many other factors do have a great economic impact and effect the GDP noticeably. Our colleagues from online-accounting-degrees.net recently created an interesting research graphic which I would like to share with you. Continue reading 

Risks and Advantages Of BYOD

The Risks and Advantages Of BYOD For Companies and the Travel Industry – Part 1

During the last few years companies around the world have experienced a controversial kind of blending that could not only affect the security of sensitive data, but also raise licensing issues – If not used correctly.

More and more employees find it easier to use a single cloud for private and business purposes instead of organizing different clouds which can be very time-consuming. The lines between the private and business use of mobile devices have become blurred and are not clearly separated. Continue reading 

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SAP Acquires Concur For $8.3 Billion

How come? What were they thinking? Wasn’t SAP already in bed with Amadeus e-Travel? Didn’t SAP have their own expense management tool? Now all being replaced by Concur. What a great tool must Cliqbook be?

Well, wait a second: Have we heard of record breaking innovations by Concur? Oh yes, they offer Triplink an open platform where everybody can hook into – what an innovation. Continue reading 

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Reasons for the Growing Importance of the Mobile Internet: Mobile Browser vs. App

The initially quoted report by whatech.com not just indicated that mobile internet usage was higher than internet access by desktop PCs, but that accessing the internet by use of mobile apps has exceeded both, stationary and mobile browser internet access.

This trend is not really surprising when looking at the amount of apps available on the two major app stores, Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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Reasons for the Growing Importance of the Mobile Internet: Daily Life and Travel

Welcome to a three part series on the growing importance of the Mobile Internet. The first part will focus on Mobile vs. Desktop Internet.

Looking at a recent report by whatech.com indicating that mobile Internet access has overtaken desktop Internet access for the U.S. the question arises of how big the impact of mobile Internet really is.Various sources have already reported this happening for countries like China and India. Continue reading 

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Amadeus Secures Southwest Airlines Domestic Contract

This Monday, Southwest Airlines announced to have selected Amadeus as the sole provider of its reservation system. This is a deal that had been long in the making.

In 2012, Southwest Airlines had picked Amadeus to build it a new system to handle international reservations and itineraries and to use Altea technology for the international part of its system, whereas their domestic reservation technology was based on a modified Sabre product which has been limiting to the Airline.

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