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Wanted: 24/7 Digital Support AND Human Advice

Millennial business travelers in the UAE are driving an evolution in corporate travel by demanding both cutting-edge digital support throughout their trips and on-demand advice from human consultants, according to an independent global study commissioned by Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform. The research, which surveyed 11,000 travelers in 19 countries who took at least one return flight in the …

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New Airlines Set to Shake Up International Travel

A new crop of startup carriers is seeking to challenge the status quo in the airline industry, both in the U.S. and abroad. While scrappy budget lines like Spirit and Ryanair have long been a presence on shorter routes—where passengers are more likely to put up with the no-frills service—what’s different this time is the emergence of a new breed …

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Bunkbeds in the Cargo Hold?

Airbus and aircraft interiors supplier Zodiac Aerospace plan to offer bunk-bed sleeping berths in the cargo space of Airbus A330 widebodies by 2020. The modules are to be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers, the companies said, allowing airlines to exchange sleepers for cargo space during the typical interval of an aircraft turnaround. The companies said the sleeping berths would …

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Adventure Trips Are the New Business Dinners

For Tom Hogan, chairman and CEO of Kony, Inc., an enterprise mobility company based in Austin, Texas, work dinners lost their lure years ago. “At some point, most people in the corporate world have been to a million four-star restaurants,” he says. “It gets old. People quasi-resent the forced march of the old, tired approach.” That’s why he’s looked far …

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New TSA Procedures: Food

Liquids. Laptops. Batteries. Shoes. We’re used to separating pretty much all our stuff into bins when we’re walking through airport security. But there’s one more thing that might be next on the Transportation Security Administration’s list of items you’ll have to pull out of your carry-on bag: your snacks. For the record, it’s totally fine to have food in your …

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Teplis Sponsors ACTE Summit

Teplis Travel is excited to participate as a sponsor of this year’s ACTE Global Summit & Corporate Lodging Forum, April 29 – May 1, 2018 in New York. As a leading corporate travel agency, Teplis understands the importance of continued education, exploring best practices and recruiting strategies to help travel buyers and travel planners stay one step ahead. We are …

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Hotel Rates Rising in Key Markets

According to the latest edition of Business Travel News’ Corporate Travel Index, the average cost of a hotel room in the U.S., including taxes and fees, rose from $177.36 in 2016 to $180.12 in 2017. Perennial gateway cities topped the chart. New York’s average daily rate was $392.95, followed by San Francisco at $387.20, Boston at $344.49 and Washington, D.C., …

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Companies Say No to Basic Economy Fares

When companies set policy guidelines for their business travelers, many of them have traditionally required employees to book “the lowest available air fare.” But now that is changing. Why? Because major airlines have deployed highly restrictive Basic Economy fares on many domestic routes in recent months, and are now spreading them to international routes as well. Those are now the …

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Uber Ends Testing of Self-Driving Cars

Ride-hailing firm Uber has suspended testing of self-driving cars after a woman was killed in an accident this weekend. The Uber test vehicle was in “autonomous mode” – although a human operator was in the front seat – when it struck pedestrian Elaine Herzberg who was crossing the road in Tempe, Arizona. The 49-year-old who had been using a pedestrian …

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Schumer/ASTA Concerned About Dynamic Pricing

Dynamic airfare pricing, an emerging methodology in which airlines tailor ticket offers based upon who is making the inquiry, has sparked concern from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as well as ASTA (The American Society of Travel Agents). Schumer is calling for a federal investigation into airlines mining personal data in order to charge higher fares to certain customers. …