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Are Last Room Availability Rates Overvalued?

Last Room Availability rates (LRA) can often be “over-valued” and could be costing some companies up to $1 million each year in their hotel program. Research from Hotel Solutions (a CWT consulting arm) has shown a 5 per cent gap between the perceived and actual value of LRA – for a company that spends $20m…

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Hotels Call Out OTAs for Deceptive Practices

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has launched a new Search Smarter consumer awareness campaign aimed to put a halt to what it describes as misleading marketing strategies by online travel agencies and travel search sites, as well as to fight rampant bookings fraud. The group particularly focuses on Expedia and Priceline’s dominant control…

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How Real Time Travel Data Helps Managers Control Expenses

Managing travel programs is a complex, time consuming process that involves ensuring travelers have a safe, pleasant travel experience while managing the variable finances associated with business travel. Today, with more and more travelers self-booking or going outside of pre-set policies, measuring travel spend becomes increasingly difficult. Expense reporting systems are giving travel managers vital…

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Ritz-Carlton Goes Cruising

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is making waves as it unveils its newest brand extension. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is the first foray by a luxury hotel operator into the cruise industry. The first of three Ritz-Carlton cruising yachts is scheduled to take to the seas in 2019, with two others coming on board in 2021…

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The Best of South Africa

South African safaris are a great value! They have the same animal experiences as the inland safaris, but also feature great sightseeing along the coast, winery tours and a fabulous luxury hotel to rest up in after your transatlantic flight! This package includes 4 nights in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel close…

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Are You Leaving Airline Points on the Table?

No matter the size of your travel program, there’s a chance your company is missing out on thousands of dollars in benefits by neglecting to maximize savings through corporate airline loyalty programs. Even if you have enough volume to score multiple discount rates with different carriers, it’s still possible you could be leaving airline points…

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Risk Management: Plan to be Prepared

The landscape of today’s competitive marketplace depends on executives, assistants, and travelers being able to conduct business throughout the United States and the world alike. As political climates shift within the U.S. and abroad, corporate travelers are subjected to emerging policies that affect the ability to increase their presence across geographical and economic borders. Working…

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Upgrade Adds Personal Touch to Delta Crew App

Analysts say a new feature on the Delta SkyPro app, which is used by the carrier’s flight attendants, could be an important step forward in airline customer service. The feature, which the airline rolled out in December, mines Delta’s storehouse of data ahead of each domestic flight and gives flight attendants a prioritized list of…

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How to Avoid Caribbean Hurricane Season

Caribbean hurricane season is prime time for landing a deal. Sure, there’s some risk involved, but with smart planning and a bit of luck you can end up with a sunny and affordable tropical vacation … or get a refund if Mother Nature is seriously uncooperative. Here are tips from meteorologists, a travel insurance agent,…

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