Last November we learned that Emirates is making some changes to their Boeing 777-200LR aircraft that services Fort Lauderdale and Orlando Airports. As part of the reconfiguration, Emirates’ 777-200LRs:
Saving money on business trips can be more complicated than it looks - especially if you have many employees in different locations at different times. However, there is always a way to keep expenses down without having to compromise on the quality of travel or the safety of your travelers.
Buzzwords such as ‘Open Booking’ and ‘Unmanaged Travel Program’ are phrases that are often debated interchangeably within the business travel world. While once synonymous, technology has made it possible to maintain both an Open Booking and managed travel program. Open booking is a travel management strategy that allows employees to book through whichever channel they prefer, whether it be directly on the airline or hotel website, an online booking site, or a travel agent. The travel industry is divided on the topic, while some view it as the future of managed travel, others see it as a logistical nightmare that will encourage non-compliance and lessen the quality of data.
Traveling for business during the holiday season, when travel is at its peak, can mean long lines and layovers at the airport, larger-than-average crowds and the increased possibility of flights delay or cancelation- turning a normal trip into a seemingly never-ending nightmare.
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Time is money, and this applies to business travelers as well. In a recent study looking to identify the main challenges business travelers face, employees stated time spent in transit as the most challenging aspect of business travel. The study, titled “Creating a Frictionless Travel Experience”, was in collaboration between the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Sabre, a leading Global Distribution Systems provider.
A conference in Hong Kong. A business deal in Buenos Aires. Expanding operations to Sydney. The current business climate has made every company a global company. But with this global economy comes a need for services on a global scale, ones that are able to perform whether at 2PM or 2AM. When it comes to managing business travel, a 9-to-5 business hour mentality is no longer feasible. Travel Managers sleep easier knowing their employees have someone reliable to call when their flight gets cancelled in the middle of the night and they are stranded in another continent.
On Sunday, September 24th, the Trump administration announced new, permanent restrictions on travel from 8 countries. An updated version of the travel ban signed earlier this year maintains the ban on 5 countries from the previous list, and adds 3 new countries: North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela. Sudan, included in the previous travel ban, is having its restrictions lifted immediately.
As we move towards an increasingly globalised world, organizations are travelling to more diverse locations than ever. Against a backdrop of heightened risk exposure in seemingly safe cities, one thing is clear; business must continue. To support business enablement, travel management companies now play an integral role in ensuring risk mitigation is in place.