Blog posts • Dec 21, 2018 11:38 GMT
If you read our previous blog where we asked what you value most from an airline, the next logical question for travelers is, 'what do you value most from a hotel?' While away our hotel is our home. It's important that it offers a certain level of comfort. But what is your definition of comfort?
Blog posts • Dec 20, 2018 08:06 GMT
The use of payment methods other than corporate cards is a pain point for travel managers, travelers and Travel Management Companies (TMC) alike. For the former, it makes tracking expenses more difficult; and for the latter it means wasted time in filing receipts. For the TMCs, spending time on admin tasks doesn’t add much value for customers – so all round, a lot of wasted time.
Blog posts • Dec 14, 2018 13:43 GMT
If, like George Clooney in Up In the Air, you spend a significant chunk of your time at work riding the clouds (hopefully not doing so to fire people), I am quite sure any improvement that airlines do to pump up their services is music to your ears.
Blog posts • Dec 10, 2018 09:18 GMT
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” This quote from Nelson Mandela is the perfect opening to celebrate a very special day that we, at CWT, hold very dear: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which this year celebrates its 70 anniversary.
Blog posts • Dec 07, 2018 08:43 GMT
“If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.” Since the beginning of times, humankind has been obsessed with predictions. Fortunately, nowadays we don't need to rely on oracles or witches of any sort. We have powerful algorithms that allow us to predict the future and even change it.
Blog posts • Dec 05, 2018 08:05 GMT
Once upon a time the term foodie was associated with high culture and an elite fortunate enough to eat Michelin Starred chef-d’oeuvres while the rest of us ate cold sandwiches. But the frenzy for fine cooking has seen dramatic growth and democratization on a global scale.
Blog posts • Dec 04, 2018 08:09 GMT
You have probably heard the news recently that we have expanded our mobile air booking offering in 20 key markets around the world, giving travelers the option of securing their flights directly on the myCWT™ app. But, why is this such a game changer? Here’s 5 reasons to embrace this new way of making reservations. If you try it, there will be no going back.
Blog posts • Nov 30, 2018 10:45 GMT
Extended-stay properties are sprouting up with increased regularity. It feels as if sharing economy and apartment properties receive daily attention, and traveler demand appears to be keeping pace. Travel buyers have certainly taken notice too, as 94% believe they will have to allow more flexibility, or maintain current levels of flexibility for extended-stays and for alternative lodgings.
Blog posts • Nov 29, 2018 10:02 GMT
With Delta Air Lines’ CEO, Ed Bastian, announcing recently that the company is working towards offering free Wi-Fi on all its flights, and with several airlines already offering the service – including low-cost carrier, Norwegian – one can only wonder if internet access is going to become the latest must-have when choosing an airline.
Blog posts • Nov 22, 2018 08:05 GMT
After decades of being powered by fossil fuels, technological advances are making the entelechy of electric commercial aviation a reality. According to the global consultancy Roland Berger, “the number of electrically propelled aircraft around the world now exceeds 130.”
Blog posts • Nov 21, 2018 08:07 GMT
Ancillary revenue in the airline industry – generated by activities and services that yield revenue for airlines beyond the simple transportation of passengers from A to B – has increased dramatically over the years.
Blog posts • Nov 20, 2018 08:05 GMT
In the second of our Open Innovation series, CWT’s Brandon Balcom, senior director of Open Innovation, shares his top tips on successfully working with startups. While a travel management company (TMC) and a startup may seem an unlikely cultural fit, Brandon focuses on what each brings to the table, while sidestepping stereotypical traps.
Blog posts • Nov 15, 2018 09:44 GMT
RoomIt by CWT just published a study with GBTA asking travel buyers and travelers about their hotel program to understand goals, policies, traveler behavior, and future program considerations. Reducing program costs remains the top goal for many travel buyers, and, despite great effort, many are frustrated that their efforts have not been more impactful.
Blog posts • Nov 13, 2018 08:01 GMT
With Brexit fast approaching and with it concerns over the complexity of visa processing, it seems like an apt time to look at the latest edition of the Henley & Partners Passport Index published at the beginning of October. According to the latest data available, if you hold a Japanese passport, you can visit 190 countries without the need to get your passport stamped.
Shanghai Nights: Adventures in Asia Pacific’s top city for 2019 with Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events APAC
Blog posts • Nov 08, 2018 11:22 GMT
“Shanghai was a waking dream where everything I could imagine had already been taken to its extreme,” said novelist JG Ballard. It’s an accurate description of a city that’s singular in its vivacity. A magnet for migrants from all over China, the nation’s biggest city is a modern powerhouse and financial hub as much as it is a historical treasure trove.
Blog posts • Nov 05, 2018 11:39 GMT
Simon Goldie is a global program director in the Energy, Resources and Marine sector at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Experiencing life as a miner has always been one of his goals. When the opportunity came to explore a copper mine in the Australian Outback, Simon was more than ready to go. Below is his first-hand account.
Blog posts • Nov 02, 2018 10:19 GMT
In the fourth blog in our Brexit Impact series, we are looking at how the divorce bill could impact the meetings and events industry.
Blog posts • Oct 30, 2018 09:52 GMT
Average ticket prices (ATPs) for air are forecast to drop globally in November and December following a sell-off in oil prices in mid-to-late October, coupled with traditionally slower months for business travel around the holidays that is expected to dampen demand.
The Latin American Experience – Top tips from our local expert for unforgettable meetings and events
Blog posts • Oct 29, 2018 08:06 GMT
According to a recently published CWT Meetings & Events’ trends report the top destinations for 2019 in Latin America (LATAM) will be Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Bogota, Rio de Janeiro, Ocho Rios, Lima, Nassau, Cali, Curitiba, and Medellin. We interviewed Gustavo Elbaum, Latin America Senior Director at CWT Meetings & Events, to find out which is his favorite destination in the region and why.