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Travel Policy Rogues

Mavericks have been around since travel programs were invented; where there are rules, there are those who will break, ignore or circumvent them. UK TMC Clarity is still tackling the problem, and terms its mavericks the good, the bad and the ugly, referring to compliant, deliberately non-compliant and ignoring the rules, but as director of sales Paul Casement points out: …

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Corporate Travel in 2019

Nick Evered, SVP and General Manager, APAC, at SAP Concur recently shared his thoughts about the trends we’ll see in the travel industry during the coming year. The way professionals travel for business is constantly changing, and 2019 will be no exception. With growing economic interdependence, the rise of the sharing economy and advancements in technology, the typical business travel …

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The Rental Car of the Future

The traditional car rental business is changing at warp speed these days, peddling as fast as it can to compete with new peer-to-peer offerings. One strategy that permeates the response of majors such as Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, Sixt and others is to offer a product line that runs the gamut. Consider the assessment of Alexander Sixt, member of the Sixt …

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Is Amtrak Becoming Like the Airlines?

For millions of travelers who live along the Interstate 95 corridor – Amtrak is the quickest, easiest, least stressful, most productive and often cheapest mode to get from Connecticut to downtown Washington. The same is true in many other communities nationwide. But is “airline creep” working its way into Amtrak’s policies, pricing, fees and service? It’s a reasonable question, since …

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Airports Move to Protect Parking Revenue

Loyalty programs, half-off sales and even free coffee. These are some of the measures airport executives are considering to encourage travelers to park in their lots and garages, as ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have surged in popularity. Parking is an important source of revenue for airports, sometimes second only to the fees airports collect from airlines, such as …

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Duty of Care: Solo Female Business Travelers

For women, the fastest-growing group of business travelers, the usual fatigue and frustrating logistics of visiting a foreign country may be the least of their problems. There’s personal safety to be considered as well. And how companies are dealing with this Duty of Care issue is a mixed bag, at best. Sixty-nine per cent of U.S. travel buyers (who are …

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GBTA: Corporate Travel Costs Expected to Rise in 2019

In a report issued last week, the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) warned corporate travel managers that business travel costs are expected to rise in 2019. Hotel room rates are expected to rise by more than 5% in Asia and Europe and by 2.1% in North America. Hotels in Latin America may experience a dip of 1.3%. Hotel groups have reported …

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The Importance Of Company Travel Policies

Does your company have a written, cohesive travel policy? Is the policy up to date? Does it address the needs of contemporary corporate travelers? These are key questions to answer if you’re a business owner or manager. Good travel policy makes travel cheaper for your company and easier for you. The Purpose of a Company Travel Policy Travel policies are multifaceted, …

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GenX More Likely to Overspend on Vacation than Boomers & Millennials

With its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10 percent of Americans admit to going over budget while on vacation last year, and those who did, on average, overspent by 27 percent ($534). Breaking down by age group, 92 percent of Millennials (ages 18-34) and 91 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55+) did not overspend, while 87 …

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Uber Gets London License Back, On Probation

A London court gave ride-hailing firm Uber a shorter than usual license to keep operating in the capital, accepting Tuesday the firm’s claim that it has changed its aggressive corporate tactics and is now a more responsible corporate citizen.Email Address But Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot granted an operating license lasting just 15 months, short of the five-year permit Uber had …