5 Considerations for Travel Policy in the Sharing Economy

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Wed, May 20, 2015

The sharing economy (or peer-to-peer service) is gaining prominence, and changing the face of many markets, including travel. What was once the “norm” for hotel reservations and car rentals is beginning to broaden with the emergence of a myriad of new companies, who focus on directly connecting one individual able to supply a service to a singular consumer. Two of the most popular peer-to-peer services (in the travel market) are Uber and Airbnb.

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Tags: Travel Policy, Sharing Economy

Business Travel Planning in Policy and Practice: Survey Says…

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Mon, May 18, 2015

What makes the modern business traveler tick? What do they like about traveling? And what drives them crazy? As a leading company in travel and technology, it’s important for us to stay as up-to-date as possible, and know exactly what our prospects and customers take into consideration when evaluating corporate travel options. Therefore, we took the liberty of digging into these issues by creating the 2015 Business Travel Survey.

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Tags: Business travel, business travel policy

5 Tips for the Global Traveler in Asia

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Mon, May 11, 2015

The world is changing, and as power shifts and new trends emerge we find ourselves on the precipice of what is being called Globalization 2.0. Globalization 2.0 (sometimes referred to instead as Globalization 3.0) denotes the movement from Western dominated economic culture to the rapidly developing Asian market, and the shift in power that this brings.

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Tags: Travel Management in Asia Pacific, Global travel

Unused Ticket Management: Three Best Practices for Business Travel Savings

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Tue, May 5, 2015

Corbis-Tkts_and_moneyDo you know where to find the largest opportunity to save money for your business travel program?

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Tags: unused ticket management

A Mobile Travel App to Save Time at Customs

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Tue, Apr 14, 2015

There’s now a new mobile travel app in limited use designed to skirt the irksome, and often lengthy, airport customs queues. Mobile Passport App is designed to let users get their questionnaire forms and passport information sent to the customs database, prior to standing in front of a customs agent.

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Tags: Mobile travel

Proof in the Pricey Pudding – The Expense of Travel Dining

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Thu, Apr 2, 2015

We all know that travel can be a huge expense. Airfare and hotel rates are constantly rising, as are the additional charges for things that were once included. Airlines—in particular—are known for their, shall we say creative, sources of added fees; Ryanair’s famous scheme to charge passengers for bathroom use, for instance. Yet one of the priciest travel costs, is also one of the most often overlooked: “dining spend can be one of the largest line items on the expense report, just below air and hotel,” (Gould).

When you think about it, it makes sense. Think back to the last vacation you had. Unless you’re like my parents (who invested in a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly to keep us fed at the hotel on family vacations), you aren’t preparing your own food. You dine out and indulge when you’re vacationing, right? Well studies show that it is not the vacationers but the business travelers, who are really eating up the big bucks. “Business diners spend 6% more than leisure diners,” (Fast Casual).

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Tags: travel and expense

Business Airfare Savings: A Tale of Two Ticket Prices

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Thu, Mar 19, 2015

Companies are saving 1.1% of their total annual air spend…without lifting a finger. This blog outlines how and why airfare savings from $10K to $100K are well within reach.

What goes into your company’s airline spend? Maybe more than you realize. Countless factors influence that annual figure—including airlines’ operational costs; how the airlines sell; and how your travel managers, procurement teams, or TMC agents buy. And if you’re not paying attention, it could be “the worst of times” for your budget…

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Tags: Airline Negotiations, corporate agreements, Travel cost monitoring

5 Hotel Purchasing Tips to Stay Smarter

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

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Tags: Hotel program savings

Mobile Data Security for Business Travelers

Posted by Anita Salvatore on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

A recent survey of travel managers across 56 countries and more than 500 organizations found that mobile data security is the number one concern in 2015.

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Tags: travel policy compliance, Mobile travel, Travel Technology

Incentive Travel

Posted by Liz Rees-Jones on Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Employee incentive travel program budgets are up and companies are investing more in robust experiences for top performers. The proof shows it more than pays for itself!

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Tags: incentive travel

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