The Latest Travel Technology: Hotel Self-Check-In Kiosks

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Excuse Me, Kiosk, Can You Recommend A Restaurant?

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Tags: Travel Technology

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Speak Mandarin! - Duty of Care

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand@travizon.com on Mon, Nov 3, 2014

 

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Tags: Travel risk management, Risk management solutions, Duty of Care, International Business Travel, international traveler, Global risk management solution, Travel Technology

The Sharing Economy and Travel Management

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand@travizon.com on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Sometimes it feels like it would be a lot easier, not to mention cheaper, to borrow a neighbor’s car, in lieu of relying on a rental company—behold the "sharing economy," also known as the "peer economy" or "collaborative consumption." Nowadays sharing is no longer confined to the realm of friends, family, and neighbors. Entire megalopolises are linking electronically, to allow those in possession of key goods and services to share with those seeking to buy them.

In the world of corporate travel, this funnels down to services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. Uber and Lyft both work to connect drivers to riders, providing an alternative to the traditional taxi. Airbnb is a lodging service in which private residences/rooms are rented to guests. There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the sharing economy, with claims that the businesses impact personal safety and have regulatory issues. Advocates for the marketplace counter that these business actually increase safety, by having more readily available assistance in emergency situations.

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Tags: Benefits of a Managed Travel Program, Business Travel Management

The Sharing Economy and Travel Management

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

 Sometimes it feels like it would be a lot easier, not to mention cheaper, to borrow a neighbor’s car, in lieu of relying on a rental company—behold the "sharing economy," also known as the "peer economy" or "collaborative consumption." Nowadays sharing is no longer confined to the realm of friends, family, and neighbors. Entire megalopolises are linking electronically, to allow those in possession of key goods and services to share with those seeking to buy them.

In the world of corporate travel, this funnels down to services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. Uber and Lyft both work to connect drivers to riders, providing an alternative to the traditional taxi. Airbnb is a lodging service in which private residences/rooms are rented to guests. There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the sharing economy, with claims that the businesses impact personal safety and have regulatory issues. Advocates for the marketplace counter that these business actually increase safety, by having more readily available assistance in emergency situations.

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Tags: Business Travel Services

Collaborate with Event Management Companies

Posted by Christine Sherman, CMP on Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Today’s executive assistants wear a lot of hats. When they’re not managing day to day operations, compiling reports, drafting presentations, coordinating calendars; they’re putting out fires or anticipating and researching the next big project. And now that meetings planning has fallen onto many EAs’ to-do list, we think it’s time to focus on how administrators can work with event management companies to achieve more efficient, seamless programs.

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Tags: Event Management solutions, Meeting Management Solutions, meetings management

Leveraging Opportunities for Business Travel in APAC, Russia and UAE

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Business travel in APAC and surrounding markets is changing fast.  Did you know, for example, the number of passenger aircraft in China will grow by about 325 percent between 2012 and 2032, eventually accounting for 17 percent of global air travel? Did you know India is on pace to become the world’s youngest country—with nearly two-thirds of its population set to join the working age group by 2020? Facts like these, combined with unique cultural shifts, will increasingly change the way we approach global travel management.

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Tags: global travel management, Travel Management in Asia Pacific, International Business Travel

5 Business Travel Costs Your Company Is Ignoring

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Flights. Lodging. Meals. You’ve got the big ticket T&E items covered, right?  Not so fast…

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Tags: corporate travel policy compliance, travel and expense, unused ticket management

Hotel RFPs: “Checking In” on Your Managed Hotel Program

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

It’s that time of year again: the pre-work window for hotel RFPs and the ideal juncture for a complete review of your managed hotel program. Last year we talked about key opportunities to be explored during hotel RFP season. This year we’re adding some tips to the list, based on the following hotel sourcing predictions:

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Tags: Hotel program savings, hotel program, hotel sourcing

Travel Management 2.0: The Open Booking Debate Continues

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Wed, May 28, 2014

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Tags: Duty of Care, Travel Policy, Travel Management

6 Questions to Ask When Weighing Event Management Services

Posted by Christine Sherman, CMP on Mon, May 19, 2014

Whether you’re on your way to establishing a full-fledged SMMP (strategic meetings management program) or you simply need to execute two or three events next year, it’s important to remember that event services represent a distinct discipline. Your travel management company can help support your conference goals—particularly if the TMC houses a separate meetings management division—but MICE (the acronym for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) is not the same, well… species of work.

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Tags: Event Management solutions, Meeting Management Solutions, meetings management

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