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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.

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.

In Full View – Why should you consolidate your travel expenses?
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.

​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.

​How to land a deal without even trying

​How to land a deal without even trying

Blog posts   •   Jul 12, 2018 08:52 GMT

Everyone likes a deal. No matter what you’re buying – or how much money you have – a deal’s a deal. The sweetest deal of all is one where you don’t even have to lift a finger. No haggling. No comparison shopping. No need to set up a vigil as you religiously check whether prices have come down enough for you to make that purchase—before it sells out.

Why personalization is essential to business travel

Why personalization is essential to business travel

Blog posts   •   Jul 10, 2018 09:19 GMT

​In today’s consumer-driven market, customers don’t just appreciate a tailored experience – they expect it. Personalization helps organizations improve employee loyalty and engagement, and fosters the kind of positive association with corporate travel normally reserved for personal apps and websites.

Check(point) List - The pro's guide to airport security

Check(point) List - The pro's guide to airport security

Blog posts   •   Jul 04, 2018 07:06 GMT

Going through airport security can be unnerving, especially if the line is huge and you're running late. We've all been there, but be careful how you handle stress during the security process. Losing your temper can have serious consequences.

How a chef can cost a million dollars

How a chef can cost a million dollars

Blog posts   •   Jul 03, 2018 07:12 GMT

Gordon Ramsey may be one of the world’s richest chefs, making well over a hundred million dollars, but even a non-celebrity chef with no Michelin Stars can be worth as much. How? As with most things, it’s location, location, location. The chef needs to be working on an offshore oil rig, typically situated far into the ocean.

Prep Notes - Foolproof tactics to plan your event

Prep Notes - Foolproof tactics to plan your event

Blog posts   •   Jun 28, 2018 10:02 GMT

A study by the journal of experimental social psychology found that meeting face-to-face is 34 times more effective than email. But we don’t need a study to know the lasting impact of an awesome event. In these high-pressure situations, it’s easy to forget the vital components that make an event run smoothly from start to finish.

​How We Think, Act And Live Responsibly

​How We Think, Act And Live Responsibly

Blog posts   •   Jun 26, 2018 07:17 GMT

Today, we are releasing our Responsible Business Annual Report for the sixth consecutive year. This document is a testimony of how we progressed in 2017 towards the reach of our 2020 Responsible Business objectives. It is a palpable way of tracking all the work that has been done worldwide by all of us at CWT, and all the great things we have achieved by working together.

Build it, They'll Come - Why offering choice is critical

Build it, They'll Come - Why offering choice is critical

Blog posts   •   Jun 22, 2018 09:49 GMT

The percentage of business travelers who book hotels within their corporate travel programs has hovered around 50% - 60% for years. Travel managers told GBTA one reason is that their travelers want to stay at a different type of property than what’s available in their program. Another big reason? They can get better rates on their own.

Pick Up the Phone: A clear path for mobile booking

Pick Up the Phone: A clear path for mobile booking

Blog posts   •   Jun 21, 2018 10:11 GMT

Consumers will always seek the path of least resistance to simplify their lives — and business travelers are no different. As corporate travel apps historically failed to keep pace with their leisure counterparts, business travelers have been torn between wanting an independent, intuitive and personal mobile booking experience, and needing to stick to policy.

The Business Of Pleasure: Can you turn a conference into a bleisure trip?

The Business Of Pleasure: Can you turn a conference into a bleisure trip?

Blog posts   •   Jun 14, 2018 09:30 GMT

You’ve heard the buzzword, you’ve seen the articles — but is “bleisure travel” really catching on? Yep, and we say: embrace it.

​Collective Conscience – Why responsible products and services are smart business

​Collective Conscience – Why responsible products and services are smart business

Blog posts   •   Jun 13, 2018 07:09 GMT

Fair trade, organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, recycled: You probably recognize these terms since they’re emblazoned on many of the products and services that we purchase.

Fresh As A Daisy - 7 ways to beat jet lag

Fresh As A Daisy - 7 ways to beat jet lag

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2018 07:16 GMT

Whether you are a road warrior, or occasional business traveler, it is very likely that you have already experienced the unbearable disassociation of time and tiredness that changing time zones can bring. So, if you want to arrive at your meeting as fresh as a daisy and to outperform, I hope these seven jet-lag avoidance tips help.

Carlson's 80th Anniversary: Diana Nelson reflects

Carlson's 80th Anniversary: Diana Nelson reflects

Blog posts   •   Jun 07, 2018 09:14 GMT

2018 marks Carlson’s 80th anniversary. This exciting milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on our history and celebrate our growth and evolution over the past eight decades.