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

Feeling Classy: The Affairs of Corporate Airfares

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Delta is paving the way for US carriers, following the lead of European counterparts, with the addition of their uber restrictive - Basic Economy - class of service, affecting corporate airfares and leisure airfares alike.

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Tags: Business travel

Mobile - The New Frontier for Travel Policy

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Business mobile travel is becoming more prominent; “…the Enterprise Mobility Exchange predicts that by 2015, 1.3 billion workers or 37 percent of the global workforce will be considered mobile,” (Porter-Rockwell, 2014). Due to the change in how and where they work, corporate travelers are increasingly more reliant on mobile devices for use in accessing the most current business and travel information. This shift is causing a change for businesses, who must find a balance between facilitating conveniences for their travelers and maintaining executive financial control.

Mobile Policy Example 1:

If a company owned device must travel with you internationally, you are required to notify your manager for approval at least two weeks prior to departure. Notification should include:
Dates of travel (start and end)
Devices traveling
Each international destination
This will ensure the most cost effective plans/features can be added to the mobile number. The Company will approve costs for additional international plans/features and usage based on the end user’s position and length of travel.
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Tags: travel policy compliance, Mobile travel

Because We’re Appy About Mobile Travel Tools

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

What do TripIt, TripLingo, and FlightView have in common? They are all on Travizon’s list of business traveler must have apps and corporate mobile travel tools. Technology and corporate travel go hand-in-hand, and there are a plethora of mobile apps available to business travelers. Apps are not only helpful to travelers, they are also beneficial to executives and travel managers, allowing simple and convenient tracking and acquisition of information that helps to drive travel policy compliance.

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Tags: Mobile travel

Cross Cultural Training and Duty of Care, A Wise Investment

Posted by Sarah dePontbriand on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

A company’s staff is always its greatest investment. In order to yield business and financial growth, you need a strong committed group of employees, helping to complete the daily tasks that allow your business to function. In order to maximize employee productivity, safety and wellbeing employers must invest in Duty of Care and cross culture training.

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Tags: Risk management solutions, Duty of Care

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