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Just what is it with all these New Year resolutions?

Just what is it with all these New Year resolutions?

Blog posts   •   Dec 31, 2018 10:52 GMT

So this is Christmas, And what have you done? Another year over, And a new one just begun. So sings John Lennon around this time of year on almost every radio station into which you can tune. But just why do we ruminate on what we have achieved in the previous twelve months, and feel the need to look forward and make a fresh start?

​Top tips for effective networking from Íñigo Montoya

​Top tips for effective networking from Íñigo Montoya

Blog posts   •   Dec 28, 2018 09:52 GMT

“Hello. My name is Íñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” It’s the holiday season, the week for watching cult movies and eating chocolate. It’s also the week for pondering how to improve your business skills in 2019.

​Travelese for Beginners – Decoding the language of corporate travel

​Travelese for Beginners – Decoding the language of corporate travel

Blog posts   •   Dec 27, 2018 09:21 GMT

If you just started a career as a procurement manager or your company’s travel budget was assigned to you for 2019, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the baffling amount of acronyms synonymous with the business travel industry.

Rest for Success  – 9 essentials for an enjoyable stay

Rest for Success – 9 essentials for an enjoyable stay

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?

Free & Equal - Supporting 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Free & Equal - Supporting 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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.

Travel Management Of The Future – 3-ways predictive analytics can transform your program

Travel Management Of The Future – 3-ways predictive analytics can transform your program

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.

Room with a (long-term) View: ​When to book extended-stay

Room with a (long-term) View: ​When to book extended-stay

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.

Give me Wi-Fi! – Is the promise of free internet on board a blessing or a curse?

Give me Wi-Fi! – Is the promise of free internet on board a blessing or a curse?

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.

It’s Electrifying – Will we assist to the end of fossil fuels propelled aircraft any soon?

It’s Electrifying – Will we assist to the end of fossil fuels propelled aircraft any soon?

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.”

Six steps to working effectively with startups (if you’re a TMC)

Six steps to working effectively with startups (if you’re a TMC)

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.

​Shanghai Nights: Adventures in Asia Pacific’s top city for 2019 with Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events APAC

​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.

Into the Deep: My day as a copper miner

Into the Deep: My day as a copper miner

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.

​The Journey of a Diamond - From mine to mine

​The Journey of a Diamond - From mine to mine

Blog posts   •   Nov 01, 2018 09:49 GMT

When one thinks of diamonds, one imagines brilliant stones cut and polished to perfection, emitting cool points of light against the warmth of bare skin. They evoke romance and love, commitment and happiness.

CWT Solutions Group predicts air travel prices to drop in the next two months as oil prices tumble

CWT Solutions Group predicts air travel prices to drop in the next two months as oil prices tumble

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.

Always Alert –The importance of having the right information at your fingertips

Always Alert –The importance of having the right information at your fingertips

Blog posts   •   Oct 25, 2018 07:10 GMT

​If you are a certain age you might find the sight of commuters with their noses glued to their phones on the metro every morning, of people walking in the street like pinballs or, your kids treating their smartphones like a precious limb, annoying. Like it or not, mobile technology has changed our lives immensely, but when it comes to travel, I believe it’s for the best.

Rising Power – Women in the energy, resources and marine sectors

Rising Power – Women in the energy, resources and marine sectors

Blog posts   •   Oct 24, 2018 07:09 GMT

​According to the World Economic Forum, the participation of women in the oil and gas industry remains below 20% and between 10% and 15% at senior level. To celebrate National Business Wome​n’s Week® we had a chat with some of the top executives at CWT Energ​y, Resources & Marine to gather their views on this particular universe still very much dominated by men.

Is there a business case for creating a better traveler experience?

Is there a business case for creating a better traveler experience?

Blog posts   •   Oct 22, 2018 16:03 GMT

Leading organizations know there’s a strong business case for putting traveler experience at the center of their strategy. Data shows it improves retention, boosts performance, and even lifts the bottom line. These lessons now need to be applied to travel, says CWT’s new Senior EVP Chief Travel Experience Officer. Here, he tells us why.

Staying Power - ​How your hotel policy can help win the battle for top recruits

Staying Power - ​How your hotel policy can help win the battle for top recruits

Blog posts   •   Oct 19, 2018 09:36 GMT

For those who travel frequently, a good travel policy is essential to work-life balance and can be a key factor when determining whether to stay in a job or accept a new one. In fact, 59% of North American business travelers and 66% of Latin American travelers told GBTA that a company's travel policy is an important factor when deciding to take a job with a new employer.

On The Ground – Assessing the impact of Brexit on business travel

On The Ground – Assessing the impact of Brexit on business travel

Blog posts   •   Oct 18, 2018 09:18 GMT

This is the third in our series of blogs on the impact of Brexit on business travel and a timely day in which to delve into border concerns for corporate travelers.

Perfect Pairings – Industry collaboration meets travelers’ changing tastes

Perfect Pairings – Industry collaboration meets travelers’ changing tastes

Blog posts   •   Oct 12, 2018 09:51 GMT

Tastes and trends change over the years. Just look at food. When you were a kid, “Eat your brussels sprouts” was something you had to do, not something you ever wanted to do. Then, chefs started roasting brussels sprouts topped with bacon and they became a food you actually craved.