Three Ways Corporate Travel is Learning from Leisure Travel Technology

Corporate Travel

Corporate travel, at least until recently, has not been known for its innovative technology. While the leisure travel industry has rapidly evolved to make booking travel easy and seamless, corporate travel has lagged behind. As the travel technology gap continues to widen, the result has been that business travelers skirt the established rules and tools… Read more »

Corporate Travel Managers Beware: Your Business Travelers Keep Booking Direct

corporate travel managers beware

Open booking policies are far from the norm for corporate travel policies. While most companies allow for some off-channel booking, they prefer travelers to schedule their flights or stays with preferred suppliers using their corporate travel management or booking system. But it’s getting so much easier for travelers to book directly with suppliers—via websites or… Read more »

The Corporate Travel Manager’s Guide to Bleisure Success

Travel Managers Guide

Plenty of corporate travel managers today are doing more than making room for bleisure travel in their policies—they’re actually encouraging employees to tack some personal days onto business trips. Yet for anyone who is still wondering if enabling employees to mix business with pleasure is akin to awarding “free vacations,”… not so fast. When a… Read more »

Sharing Economy Continues to Shape Business Travel

business sharing economy

Whether an employee takes a ride-share to the company’s holiday party across town or books a home-share for a trip across the country, he or she demonstrating his or her preference for alternative travel accommodations. A corporate traveler may opt for sharing services as a way to save money or to meet a more personal… Read more »

Common US and Europe Corporate Travel Trends and Notable Differences

US and Europe Trends

If asked to describe today’s corporate traveler, most people would probably say something along the lines of, “a professional-looking man or woman holding a mobile device, briefcase in tow, stepping out of a taxi (or ride-sharing vehicle) on route to a business meeting.” That’s a fair enough generalization, regardless of whether said professional is in… Read more »

Helping Hands: Robots in the Travel Industry

They’re cute. They work hard to delight customers. And they don’t require any employee benefits. The newest workers on the payroll—well, not exactly—are robots. Today’s travelers can find them on the scene, carrying luggage, providing directions, mixing drinks, and more. They’re quite literally changing the face of customer service in the travel industry. Are Travelers… Read more »

3 Ways Airlines Upgrade Business Travelers’ Long-Haul Experience

Air carriers around the globe are serving up luxury to win the business of corporate travelers. In a competitive marketplace, offering unique, value-added services is critical to both attracting new customers and retaining existing ones. So considering that business travelers spend their time primarily sitting, sleeping, working and eating (especially on long flights), airlines have… Read more »

Prioritizing Wellness in Your Corporate Travel Program

prioritize wellness

Companies continue to invest in health and corporate wellness programs, helping their workforce get and stay healthy. Employees who travel for work, however, face particular challenges in this arena and could likely use additional support from their employers. Company road warriors are often out of their regular routines, away from their homes, health clubs and… Read more »

Tips for Effectively Communicating Your Corporate Travel Policy

corporate travel policy

Do your organization’s globetrotters regularly book their flights out-of-channel, traverse destination cities using noncompliant ride-sharing services or submit expense reports containing non-reimbursable purchases? If so, they’re not necessarily looking for trouble. A study conducted by the GBTA Foundation in partnership with HRS concluded that business travelers’ out-of-compliance behaviors do not usually represent an unwillingness to… Read more »

What Will Drive Consumers to Traditional Travel Agents in 2017?

drive travel agents

In both the leisure and corporate travel markets, travel planners today aren’t short on options for ways to research, plan and purchase their trips. Traditional travel agencies have held a place in travelers’ hearts, phone books (and browser bookmarks), and even policies for as long as they’ve been providing their services. Let’s explore what’s going… Read more »