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​Hotel Sourcing in 2020: What’s Really Changing?

​Hotel Sourcing in 2020: What’s Really Changing?

Blog posts   •   Aug 21, 2019 10:00 GMT

Sourcing was a hot topic at this year’s GBTA convention with education sessions. Some companies have made headlines recently by declaring traditional sourcing models dead, and news articles consistently boast about sourcing enhancements that may or may not be arriving in the near future.

Perks of the Job - 7 ways to boost employee satisfaction

Perks of the Job - 7 ways to boost employee satisfaction

Blog posts   •   Aug 19, 2019 13:40 GMT

Just as business travel is changing, your employees are also changing. Millennials are about to become your biggest employee demographic, and Generation Z is growing into the workforce. Where Millennials prefer to use technology to communicate, favour seamless experiences, and look for workplaces that give them more travel choices – Gen Z are true digital natives.

The World of Travel: ​Making business travelers happier in each region

The World of Travel: ​Making business travelers happier in each region

Blog posts   •   Aug 15, 2019 11:50 GMT

RoomIt recently helped launch the GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™, which measures business traveler sentiment over the course of a year. There are many universal trends among business travelers from all regions, like high satisfaction with business travel (86%), and especially for the hotel-related components of travel.

Two at a Time: Buyers Embrace Longer Hotel Contracts

Two at a Time: Buyers Embrace Longer Hotel Contracts

Blog posts   •   Aug 14, 2019 03:38 GMT

Corporate travel programs are increasingly ditching the annual hotel sourcing ritual in favor of longer-term commitments. Why? Multi-year contracts mean less time spent sourcing, and more time optimizing and building strategic relationships with suppliers.

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.

Shape Shifting - Is it easy to stay fit on the road?

Shape Shifting - Is it easy to stay fit on the road?

Blog posts   •   Aug 02, 2019 14:00 GMT

In a ​recent study, we found that 83% of business travelers consider fitness options when booking a hotel. Swim, run, cycle, dance, walk – or stand on your head, whatever you do to keep fit, sticking to your schedule is hard when you travel.

Human Trafficking – Not on my watch.

Human Trafficking – Not on my watch.

Blog posts   •   Jul 30, 2019 08:57 GMT

​Since 2013, World Day against Trafficking in Persons has been held every 30 July. A UN resolution designated this date to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Human Trafficking is an issue that exploits people of all ages – children included – for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex.

​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.

On the Safe Side - Taking a more complete view of safety and security for meetings and events

On the Safe Side - Taking a more complete view of safety and security for meetings and events

Blog posts   •   Jul 18, 2019 06:03 GMT

​In an era where the mere mentions of terrorism, viral epidemic, natural disaster, or political unrest reverberate around the world, the topics of safety and security have entered our daily discourse. Meetings and events are no different, realms where the real, practical necessity of protection from harm lands firmly center stage.

Stop Over or Push On - Should you take an ultra-long-haul flight?

Stop Over or Push On - Should you take an ultra-long-haul flight?

Blog posts   •   Jul 16, 2019 07:32 GMT

Getting from one side of the globe to the other has never been simpler. Ultra-long-haul (ULH) flights can now leap over half the world in a single bound. But not everyone thinks a 19-hour flight is the best way to travel.

​Eyes on the Prize: What’s new with incentive trips in Asia Pacific?

​Eyes on the Prize: What’s new with incentive trips in Asia Pacific?

Blog posts   •   Jul 11, 2019 06:51 GMT

Incentives are a key part of the meetings and events landscape, a powerful tool to motivate the workforce and reward employees for their effort. So what are planners in Asia Pacific doing to keep their incentive trips fresh and interesting?

Back To The Future: How to predict your way to a better traveler experience

Back To The Future: How to predict your way to a better traveler experience

Blog posts   •   Jul 09, 2019 09:18 GMT

Sometimes, business travelers just run into bad luck. Their preferred flights have no seats available, so they have to take one with a 10-hour layover. The hotels close to the meeting location are priced out of budget. And when they get to the airport, they find their flight has been canceled. But what if it wasn’t just down to luck?

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?

Cab or app? Business travelers in Asia Pacific have mixed feelings, but corporate travel programs show openness to ride-sharing services

Cab or app? Business travelers in Asia Pacific have mixed feelings, but corporate travel programs show openness to ride-sharing services

Blog posts   •   Jul 01, 2019 02:07 GMT

Convenience, pricing transparency and cost savings are prompting many companies in Asia Pacific to permit the use of ride-sharing services for business travel.

​By The Book - How to create a booking experience business travelers crave

​By The Book - How to create a booking experience business travelers crave

Blog posts   •   Jun 26, 2019 08:38 GMT

To ensure traveler satisfaction is among the top five goals for travel managers, RoomIt and Best Western commissioned research to determine exactly what business travelers around the globe crave from their hotel booking experience.

Experience is king – Is your policy up to scratch?

Experience is king – Is your policy up to scratch?

Blog posts   •   Jun 25, 2019 06:48 GMT

​After several consecutive years of shrinking travel perks, organizations are reinvesting in creating a more comfortable journey for their travelers. They’re well aware of the importance of looking after their employees’ wellbeing. After all, at companies where travel is an important part of the job, travel benefits can be a determinant factor to retain and attract top talent.

We Did It Again – How our June 2019 Responsible Business report reached the United Nations Global Compact Advanced level and how your company can do it too

We Did It Again – How our June 2019 Responsible Business report reached the United Nations Global Compact Advanced level and how your company can do it too

Blog posts   •   Jun 24, 2019 07:43 GMT

If you are reading this post, the chances that you have also seen that today we are announcing the publication of our June 2019 Annual Responsible Business Report are high. The enthusiasm of all of us at CWT towards the goal of making our company a reference in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have come together in a document where we proudly capture our many achiev​ements.

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.

Eastern Promise - How to manage your hotel program in Asia-Pacific

Eastern Promise - How to manage your hotel program in Asia-Pacific

Blog posts   •   Jun 13, 2019 09:13 GMT

We all know that Asia Pacific (APAC) is the fastest growing region in the world. Incredibly it accounts for two-thirds of total global growth, which means many companies will be increasing their travel to and within the region. The problem is that managing travel in APAC is probably more complicated than in any other region in the world.