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The Perfect Fit: Should you have a one-size-fits-all or tailormade travel policy?

The Perfect Fit: Should you have a one-size-fits-all or tailormade travel policy?

Blog posts   •   Aug 29, 2019 09:30 GMT

The first step in business travel management is to draft a travel policy. There is a lot to consider when arranging business travel, so it makes sense to have a robust corporate travel policy in place. But how is it supposed to be built? Using a one-size-fits-all approach or a tailor-made one taking into account the differences of your traveling population?

Blue-sky Thinking - Should you travel for business in uncertain times?

Blue-sky Thinking - Should you travel for business in uncertain times?

Blog posts   •   Aug 08, 2019 09:47 GMT

“If we surrender to the air, we can ride it.” Nobel Laureate and author Toni Morrison wrote in her novel 1977 novel, Song of Solomon. Her passing this week leaves us with a trove of wisdom, including this powerful quote. It’s a reminder to take risks and surrender to the unknown.

​Happy Travels: 5 ways to boost traveler satisfaction

​Happy Travels: 5 ways to boost traveler satisfaction

Blog posts   •   Jul 23, 2019 13:41 GMT

RoomIt and GBTA launched a study to measure the factors influencing sentiment among business travelers across the globe. Survey respondents feel strongly that travel is integral to the success of their business. 83% say it is very important to the overall financial performance of their company, and the vast majority say face-to-face meetings are the most effective way to conduct business.

The Price is Right - 5 ways to boost your travel program savings

The Price is Right - 5 ways to boost your travel program savings

Blog posts   •   Jul 03, 2019 10:42 GMT

It’s likely you’re already using a travel program solution that searches for lower rates on an already booked flight and hotel reservation. If you are, are you squeezing the most savings out of it?

Making a Bundle: How Are Travel Programs in Asia Pacific Responding to the Trend of Airlines Charging for Ancillaries?

Making a Bundle: How Are Travel Programs in Asia Pacific Responding to the Trend of Airlines Charging for Ancillaries?

Blog posts   •   Jun 21, 2019 01:29 GMT

Window or aisle? Would you prefer quicker access to the bathroom and your baggage or to not be disturbed and have a better view? And more importantly, should the company or the employee pay for the choice? This question is becoming more of an issue for travel managers as both full-service and budget carriers bet on unbundling ancillaries as a strategy to maximise revenues.

​Spirit of Punk  - Does your travel program encourage originality?

​Spirit of Punk - Does your travel program encourage originality?

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2019 10:17 GMT

The Sex Pistols is an iconic band responsible for initiating one of the most important, controversial and influential movements in modern culture, Punk.

Face Time – Would you rather have WiFi or chat to your neighbor?

Face Time – Would you rather have WiFi or chat to your neighbor?

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2019 12:35 GMT

Ponder this question: When you're on a plane, do you prefer to have no access to the internet or have to sit next to a talkative stranger? In an era where we spend most of our time glued to our screens and not having internet connection can make most of us break into a cold sweat, the answer seems obvious. But is it really? How many of us favor hours of conversation over online connectivity?

How to introduce new innovations to your travel program

How to introduce new innovations to your travel program

Blog posts   •   Apr 18, 2019 08:46 GMT

We recently kicked off our 2019 Innovations LAB. Clients and partners joined our exploration of new technology impacting the travel industry. The event was held in Silicon Valley, the center of tech innovation, at the HQ of our incubator partner Plug & Play.

​Don’t be stingy: Let employees keep their miles

​Don’t be stingy: Let employees keep their miles

Blog posts   •   Apr 04, 2019 09:21 GMT

I’ll concede that the title of this blog is a little clickbaity. Most companies have seen the light on this once-thorny issue. They know better than to get between a bleary-eyed traveling employee and their miles. But there are some who subscribe to the idea that because the company paid for the flight, the company owns the miles.

Here's how to 'KonMari' your business travel

Here's how to 'KonMari' your business travel

Blog posts   •   Mar 06, 2019 10:16 GMT

Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo has become something of a sensation since scoring her own Netflix series. But does her methodical approach to cleaning a house hold any lessons for bleary-eyed travelers?

​6 questions to ask yourself about your travel program

​6 questions to ask yourself about your travel program

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2019 11:10 GMT

It's a couple of months into the New Year, a time when for many, January resolutions have started to fade. Why not revive your goal-setting spirit by bringing it into your travel program?

One Giant Leap: How to bridge the gap between travelers and travel buyers

One Giant Leap: How to bridge the gap between travelers and travel buyers

Blog posts   •   Jan 17, 2019 12:31 GMT

​There's a gap between what travel buyers believe travelers want from overnight stays and what travelers actually seek. RoomIt and GBTA recently launched a ​survey to identify what is making up this gap, and why it doesn’t seem to be going away. Unsurprisingly, many of the misunderstandings identified in the survey were about how to improve compliance and traveler satisfaction.

​Why airfares are forecast to increase despite a softening global economy

​Why airfares are forecast to increase despite a softening global economy

Blog posts   •   Jan 15, 2019 08:52 GMT

Average ticket price (ATP) for air is forecast to increase by 2% globally in February, despite what many economists predict will be a softer global economy heading into 2019. Between anxiety over trade wars, a chaotic Brexit negotiation, and jittery markets, the global economy is expected to decelerate, but, the key is, it will remain above trend, which is helping to shield prices.

Travel Superheroes - Why a travel manager role is really 12 jobs in one

Travel Superheroes - Why a travel manager role is really 12 jobs in one

Blog posts   •   Jan 11, 2019 11:12 GMT

​If you think being a travel manager is an easy task, think twice. The role requires a skill set that would make most professionals break into a cold sweat.

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.

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.

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.