Cartagena is the perfect destination to add to your next business trip to Colombia. The coastal city is only a onehour flight away from Medellin and an hour and a half flight away from Bogota. Take advantage of warmer, tropical weather and beaches, perfect for a weekend escape between meetings.
The Supreme Court has ruled to allow the Trump administration to enforce the controversial 90-day travel ban on travelers from select Muslim countries. Overturning the lower courts that blocked it back in March, the executive order initially called for travel restrictions over the course of a 90-day period. The order now puts limits on who can arrive from six predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
American Airlines has announced that it received an unsolicited approach from Qatar Airways to acquire a 10% stake in the company. In a response letter to AA employees, American CEO Doug Parker called the offer puzzling but explained that ultimately there’s nothing he can do about it.
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For businesses, hotels can represent up to 30% of their travel program expenditure. The 2017 Corporate Travel Index study showed that the average daily hotel cost in the top 100 US cities increased 5.6% in 2016 resulting in an average of $177 per night. Top business travel cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC saw double digit increments in year-over-year hotel costs, increasing to $385, $379, $275 and $320 per night, respectively. Interestingly enough, hotels are often overlooked when trying to control travel program costs. Read on for simple ways to reduce costs without having to send your travelers to a Motel 6.
Hotel sourcing can be complicated to understand when it comes to buying travel. While negotiated discounts may range from 10-25%, value can make or break the experience for business travelers, and once hotel rate negotiations are complete few Travel Managers properly audit their expenditure. In fact, while 86% of Travel Managers audit their negotiated rated to verify accuracy once they are loaded into the system, less than 6% audit regularly, which results in additional expenditure for businesses.
United Airlines has completely reinvented its International Premium Cabin with its new and highly anticipated Polaris offering. In a consumer survey, they found that the most valued aspect of travel from frequent flyers is getting a comfortable good night’s sleep. In response, the entire concept behind Polaris was built around providing the best sleeping experience in the sky, an elevated comfort from lounge to landing.