Blog posts • May 29, 2018 07:08 GMT
We care about our customers, and every decision is made with them in mind. But we also care about each one of our employees by being inclusive, celebrating diversity, and standing together as one. Or, as Sir Richard Branson puts it: “Learn to look after your staff first, and the rest will follow.”
Blog posts • May 28, 2018 09:33 GMT
“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,” said Malcolm X. This is certainly true of planning a major meeting or event. Strategic planning is key. If you want to organize a captivating experience for over 2,000 people, you better plan the coup well in advance.
Blog posts • May 22, 2018 08:23 GMT
According to research by the Ethics & Compliance initiative (ECI): “In 2017, 16% of employees experienced pressure to compromise standards; a 23% increase over the last measurement. This is part of an ongoing trend, as pressure has increased substantially in the last decade. These findings are troubling, because increases in pressure have shown to precede a weakening of ethical cultures.”
Blog posts • May 18, 2018 14:38 GMT
The health of our planet is deteriorating fast and concern for the environment is growing worldwide. According to NASA, carbon dioxide levels are at their highest in 650,000 years; 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Artic ice is melting at 13.2% per decade, and global sea levels have risen nearly 178mm over the last 100 years.
Blog posts • May 16, 2018 09:29 GMT
In the second of our series aimed at debunking myths around the General Data Protection Order (GDPR) that comes into effect on 25 May, let’s examine another misconception: Myth #2: GDPR is a privacy revolution and a huge burden for companies, in terms of resources and budget
Blog posts • May 15, 2018 10:47 GMT
A couple of weeks ago, a colleague played us a video of Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo working her magic. We watched, mesmerized, as she conjured the most neatly organized closet from what looked like a department store hit by a hurricane. She started by asking the owner of the said closet to imagine her “ideal lifestyle,” and then proceeded to discard everything that didn’t fit.
Blog posts • May 11, 2018 11:10 GMT
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU legislation concerning the protection of personal data, comes into effect on 25th of May. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about it by now. In essence, GDPR requires organizations to ensure that individuals are given full control over how their personal data is being used.
Blog posts • May 10, 2018 10:02 GMT
“Whatever you do, do it with integrity”, said Curt Carlson, our founder. The motto exemplifies a set of values that have guided everything we do. Our long tradition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) comes in handy in today’s world, where being a responsible global citizen is no longer a choice. It’s a clear business imperative.
Blog posts • May 09, 2018 08:33 GMT
They say that football is an art. So is traveling to the biggest nation on the planet during the world’s largest single-event sporting competition. More than three million football fans will descend on 11 cities between 14 June to 15 July. Hotel rooms will be scarce, prices will go up, and – as with any major international event – the onslaught will make traveling more complex than usual.
Blog posts • May 02, 2018 08:53 GMT
I was recently approached by a journalist to comment on the findings of a Booking.com survey that names flight delays and cancellations as the primary causes of stress for Argentinian business travelers. 57% of respondents from my country experience anxiety. They’re not alone. The same survey revealed that 93% of business travelers worldwide worry about the logistics of business travel.
Blog posts • Apr 24, 2018 09:18 GMT
The landscape and importance of security in the Meetings & Events industry has changed drastically in the past few years. To be adequately prepared planners must make safety and security a core part of the planning and event management process.
Blog posts • Apr 13, 2018 11:00 GMT
WebExing may not be an official word, but – like Xeroxing to the 90s – it’s currently in vogue for company meetings – replacing the conference call as the next best thing to a physical face-to-face engagement. But, if you went to a meeting, you would mind your Ps & Qs and, hopefully, know how to behave - so why do some people forget basic etiquette when they join a virtual meeting like WebEx?
Blog posts • Apr 12, 2018 11:01 GMT
There’s a saying in the sub-aqua world: “plan the dive; dive the plan.” By meticulously planning each stage of the dive, divers can avoid doing careless things like running out of air, or risking the loss of a dive buddy. And it’s a motto well-suited to business travel. Plan well, and you can avoid putting yourself at risk.
Blog posts • Apr 10, 2018 09:32 GMT
It’s tempting to dismiss Bitcoin, the world’s first digital currency, as a passing fad, and nothing to do with the world of business travel, but what if the technology upon which it is built could make the fear of forgetting your passport, a problem of the past? Well, now there’s a brave new world.
Blog posts • Apr 06, 2018 11:03 GMT
“I want to put a ding in the universe,” said Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative people the world has ever known. “Good for him,” you might be thinking. “I’m trying to plan a conference, not create the next Apple.” You’ll still want to put a “ding” in the hearts and minds of your attendees, though. By far the best way is to forget about what the competition is doing – and get creative.
Blog posts • Mar 28, 2018 10:30 GMT
Large, complex travel programs often require significant data processing, integration and analytics. Many integrate travel, card and expense data to understand expenditure, tackle off-channel spend and manage suppliers. Sometimes travel managers will look to systems integration services and/or analytics tools for help. But TMCs – like CWT – can actually be a better option.
Blog posts • Mar 23, 2018 10:29 GMT
In Part One, I looked at the concept of predictive analytics and some common pitfalls. Now I’m going to give you some real-world examples of predictive analytics for travel managers.