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​The Big Event - 9 routes to a killer SMM program

​The Big Event - 9 routes to a killer SMM program

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2018 10:07 GMT

According to our latest figures, 54% of companies have benefited from Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) for several years now. But apart from being an acronym, you don’t want to get wrong - what is it exactly?

Hotel Loyalty  - How to defeat a werewolf

Hotel Loyalty - How to defeat a werewolf

Blog posts   •   Aug 23, 2018 09:00 GMT

Apparently, every business everywhere is completely unprepared to battle werewolves. In meetings, conferences, webinars, and emails we constantly come across the phrase: “There is no silver bullet,” which, unfortunately, is the only thing that kills werewolves.

12 top tips for negotiating business travel

12 top tips for negotiating business travel

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2018 09:51 GMT

Sweet Spots – 3 of the best places for meetings and events in 2019

Sweet Spots – 3 of the best places for meetings and events in 2019

Blog posts   •   Aug 17, 2018 10:35 GMT

The experience economy is in full effect. New countries are opening up to international events trade, there’s a buzz around innovation and event technology, and the meetings and events industry is looking forward to impressive growth in 2019 (Look out for the 2019 Meetings and Events Future Trends report coming out in September).

Hands Off My Data – How to stay safe on the road

Hands Off My Data – How to stay safe on the road

Blog posts   •   Aug 14, 2018 09:35 GMT

Securing our personal data can be a challenge while traveling. Being away from home and the office sometimes forces us to connect to unknown networks. We’re also likely to be working in public places where our information may be at risk. And, as we scuttle from one place to another, we may well lose things.

The Strength Of Difference – How we foster diversity & inclusion in our corporate culture

The Strength Of Difference – How we foster diversity & inclusion in our corporate culture

Blog posts   •   Aug 13, 2018 08:30 GMT

Being able to integrate different worldviews is a tremendous advantage that companies should not neglect. At the end of the day, organizations are a reflection of society. That's why at CWT we strive to create an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities for all, regardless of our ethnic and cultural backgrounds, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

CWT research: 65% of Business Travelers Are Nervous About Data Safety When Traveling

CWT research: 65% of Business Travelers Are Nervous About Data Safety When Traveling

Press Releases   •   Aug 12, 2018 18:40 GMT

​According to research commissioned by CWT, the global travel management company, only 35% of global business travelers feel very confident about not compromising their employer’s data safety when traveling. Travelers from the Americas are significantly more confident (46%) than those in Asia Pacific (28%), or Europe (27%).

The Sardine Can Experience – Are the days of crushed knees coming to an end?

The Sardine Can Experience – Are the days of crushed knees coming to an end?

Blog posts   •   Aug 09, 2018 07:22 GMT

When you thought economy class’ seat pitches couldn’t get any narrower, the frequent flyer’s worst nightmare made a comeback at the 2018 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. I’m talking about Skyrider 2.0, the new generation of standing seats, first introduced by Aviointeriors Group in 2010.

Let's Chatbot: Can AI revolutionize your travel program?
Please Sir, I Want To Take A Business Trip  |  How the tedium of approval stresses travelers out – and inflates costs

Please Sir, I Want To Take A Business Trip | How the tedium of approval stresses travelers out – and inflates costs

Blog posts   •   Aug 03, 2018 06:59 GMT

People often have a romantic view of business travel – flying business class, five-star hotels, lobster dinners, piling up the points, cutting epic deals. And sure, it has its perks! But ask anyone who travels more than three or four times a year, and they’ll tell you it can be stressful too.

In Full View – Why should you consolidate your travel expenses?
CWT Meetings & Events and JTB Communication Design Join Forces to Bring Strategic Meetings Management Expertise to Japan

CWT Meetings & Events and JTB Communication Design Join Forces to Bring Strategic Meetings Management Expertise to Japan

Press Releases   •   Aug 01, 2018 05:01 GMT

CWT Meetings & Events, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s meeting & events division, has partnered with JTB Communication Design Co., Ltd. (JCD), the meeting & events arm of the JTB Group, to provide Strategic Meetings Management services to companies in Japan.

Sydney Domestic Airfares to Most Capital Cities Up More Than 5%, Hotel Rates Also Climb: CWT/CAPA Report

Sydney Domestic Airfares to Most Capital Cities Up More Than 5%, Hotel Rates Also Climb: CWT/CAPA Report

Press Releases   •   Aug 01, 2018 02:34 GMT

Airfares on several key routes from Sydney continue their relatively steep rise as the fare wars seen a few years ago subside into the background and the major airlines focus on profitability. Meanwhile, hotel occupancy in the city remains well over 80%, resulting in an increase in average daily rates (ADRs) and last room availability (LRA) rates.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Launches CWT Travel Consolidator, Providing Full Visibility on Travel Spend

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Launches CWT Travel Consolidator, Providing Full Visibility on Travel Spend

Press Releases   •   Jul 31, 2018 07:00 GMT

​Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has launched CWT Travel Consolidator, an analytics tool that captures every part of an organization’s travel and expense spend, helping travel managers make the right decisions, and saving clients money.

4 Ways That Companies Can Fight Human Trafficking

4 Ways That Companies Can Fight Human Trafficking

Blog posts   •   Jul 30, 2018 06:48 GMT

Everyone knows that the trafficking of people is an illegal and fundamental violation of human rights in every country in the world. Despite that, it can still be difficult for the private sector to have the courage to put their brands behind this issue.

How to navigate business travel in 2019

How to navigate business travel in 2019

Blog posts   •   Jul 24, 2018 08:33 GMT

“May you live in interesting times,” former U.S Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy famously said in 1966. Indeed. It can feel like we popped a Mentos in a bottle of Coke. There’s Brexit, potential trade wars, the Antarctic melting faster than a forehead full of black market Botox.

Buoyant Global Economy Means Higher Hotel and Air Prices in 2019

Buoyant Global Economy Means Higher Hotel and Air Prices in 2019

Press Releases   •   Jul 24, 2018 08:07 GMT

Travel prices are expected to rise sharply in 2019, with hotels going up 3.7%, and flights 2.6%, driven by a growing global economy and rising oil prices, according to the fifth annual Global Travel Forecast, published today by GBTA and CWT with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation.

​Not Without My Smartphone -  Are  boomers the millennials of corporate travel?

​Not Without My Smartphone - Are boomers the millennials of corporate travel?

Blog posts   •   Jul 19, 2018 09:11 GMT

Whether we travel for business, leisure, or even bleisure, the days of setting off on a journey without our mobile devices, and especially our smartphones, are a thing of the past. I recently read a study which found that global smartphone dependence continues to grow, with a quarter of millennials looking at their phone more than 100 times a day.

Business travel in Gandalf's shoes

Business travel in Gandalf's shoes

Blog posts   •   Jul 17, 2018 09:31 GMT

My colleague Eric Tyree shed some light on predictive analytics, so there's no need for me to dive into definitions and theories. Let me take the pragmatic approach instead and share with you some of the coolest developments we’re working on at the moment. We may not be Gandalf, the wizard from Lord of the Rings, but data enables us to create our own magic.

How does a travel buyer get 400 hours of time back?

How does a travel buyer get 400 hours of time back?

Blog posts   •   Jul 16, 2018 09:32 GMT

Imagine wasting 400 hours of your life? In 400 hours a person can walk from Paris to Minsk or from Copenhagen to Naples. As it turns out it also takes about 400 hours for travel buyers to secure discounted rates during the Request For Proposal (RFP) season, that time of year when corporate travel buyers think about their hotel rate programme for the next 12 months.