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The Fabric of Business Travel - A message from Kurt Ekert, President & CEO

The Fabric of Business Travel - A message from Kurt Ekert, President & CEO

Blog posts   •   Sep 30, 2020 12:59 GMT

​Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Well, we are certainly in such times.

​Keep The Change: Will business travel evolve for the better?

​Keep The Change: Will business travel evolve for the better?

Blog posts   •   Sep 23, 2020 10:31 GMT

The question facing many global businesses now is how travel will change. 9/11 changed the airline industry, the 2008 recession changed spending mindsets. Change is inevitable, of course.

​How 'work from home' can increase your corporate IQ

​How 'work from home' can increase your corporate IQ

Blog posts   •   Jul 21, 2020 12:17 GMT

Back in the 1950s, the concept of ‘telecommuting’ was first touted as being the future of work. The term was said to have been coined by Jack Niles, a former NASA engineer who proposed it as an innovative answer to traffic, urban sprawl, and scarcity of non-renewable resources. The concept is still around, but in 2020, we all know it simply as ‘working from home’, or just ‘WFH’.

 Is it time to swap the daily commute for quality travel?

Is it time to swap the daily commute for quality travel?

Blog posts   •   Jul 09, 2020 10:08 GMT

​What if I said that you could drop your mundane commute altogether and instead, make your face-to-face interactions with colleagues really count?

Getting Back on the Road: 9 things to plan for as travel resumes

Getting Back on the Road: 9 things to plan for as travel resumes

Blog posts   •   Jul 07, 2020 12:44 GMT

​Around the world, travel restrictions are gradually being eased. In recent weeks, a number of countries have allowed domestic travel to resume. Some have even restarted – or announced plans to restart –international travel through the formation of “travel bubbles” and “travel corridors”, where borders are only being opened only to visitors from certain countries.

Now is the time to shape the future of business travel

Blog posts   •   May 28, 2020 10:33 GMT

​As governments, organizations, and the media work around the clock to make sense of the impact of Covid-19, the new normal is bandied around with casual abandon. But as business travelers grapple with issues for which there is no blueprint, one thing is for sure: Companies have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to scrap the old and welcome in the new.

The Catalyst: How innovation prevails in times of crisis

The Catalyst: How innovation prevails in times of crisis

Blog posts   •   Apr 30, 2020 15:59 GMT

​There’s no rule book for pivoting a business during a global pandemic, but when it comes to innovation, necessity is the mother of invention.

COVID-19:  An update from Kurt Ekert, President & CEO

COVID-19: An update from Kurt Ekert, President & CEO

Blog posts   •   Apr 09, 2020 15:01 GMT

As we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of this crisis, affecting families, business communities, and indeed the very fabric of our society, I am awed by the selfless dedication of so many people to help others less fortunate during this difficult time.

​3 ways to stay positive in uncertain times

​3 ways to stay positive in uncertain times

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2020 15:26 GMT

Two armed robbers were arrested for stealing toilet paper in Hong Kong, Europe just experienced its hottest winter on record and the sight of people riding buses with plastic storage boxes on their heads is becoming the new normal.

The Deed Is Done: What's next after Brexit?

The Deed Is Done: What's next after Brexit?

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2020 12:01 GMT

The deed is done. Brexit is begun. The United Kingdom is no longer a member state of the European Union (EU). And how did we recognize this historic moment? With the false chiming of Big Ben.

NDC: Why Consumer-Driven Content is King

NDC: Why Consumer-Driven Content is King

Blog posts   •   Jan 14, 2020 10:49 GMT

This is the second of a three-part blog series on NDC. In the first, we talked about how airlines and the industry will distribute content via New Distribution Capabilities, or NDC. In today’s offering, we’ll look at why consumer-driven content is the key to driving NDC adoption.

​NDC: A 2020 reality check

​NDC: A 2020 reality check

Blog posts   •   Jan 07, 2020 09:38 GMT

This is the first in a series of three blog posts in which I look at what is actually happening in the way that airlines make their content – i.e. fares and services – available to the customer (known in industry-speak as “airline distribution”), and why it matters to the business traveler and travel manager.

The Blog Log: Our top five posts of 2019

The Blog Log: Our top five posts of 2019

Blog posts   •   Dec 31, 2019 13:12 GMT

2019: The year that kept us glued to our screens for news of trade wars, Brexit and climate change. It was also the year that gave us incredible breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things, making our experience of business travel easier, more enjoyable and hopefully, productive.

Peak Squeeze: Surviving air travel in the holiday season

Peak Squeeze: Surviving air travel in the holiday season

Blog posts   •   Dec 26, 2019 09:03 GMT

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” goes the chorus of the Andy Williams holiday hit. Those lyrics may not ring true if you’re flying over the December holiday season.

Plugged In: What do business travelers expect from their tech?

Plugged In: What do business travelers expect from their tech?

Blog posts   •   Dec 12, 2019 09:36 GMT

The most recent iteration of the GBTA Traveler Sentiment Index yielded more positive results. The latest release also yielded some interesting findings on technology. While talk of technology in business travel tends to dwell on the future, our study found that traveler sentiment today is still greatly influenced by technologies we all take for granted.

​People First: Can you get more value from your travel spend by putting employees first?

​People First: Can you get more value from your travel spend by putting employees first?

Blog posts   •   Nov 15, 2019 15:39 GMT

A move away from seeing return-on-investment from a savings and compliance perspective, towards understanding the value that employees bring, is emerging more often. Savvy companies are putting their employees well-being at the core of their travel program

​Mission Possible:  5 ways to prepare for an important work trip

​Mission Possible: 5 ways to prepare for an important work trip

Blog posts   •   Nov 14, 2019 11:53 GMT

Next week, from 19 - 21 November, companies from around the world will gather in Munich at Europe’s largest business travel event. The GBTA Conference 2019 is an opportunity for organizations to showcase their latest products and services, share their insights, and get in touch with colleagues, suppliers, clients, and prospects.

​Lost in Transition: How to manage change in corporate travel programs

​Lost in Transition: How to manage change in corporate travel programs

Blog posts   •   Nov 06, 2019 10:37 GMT

Throughout the world, organizations are undergoing seismic shifts in their travel programs as they respond to technological advances, developments in the supply chain and evolving traveler expectations.

​Ifs and Bots: Demystifying artificial intelligence and its applications in travel

​Ifs and Bots: Demystifying artificial intelligence and its applications in travel

Blog posts   •   Oct 31, 2019 10:45 GMT

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the most talked about trends in corporate travel. But while travel managers are showing increased interest and curiosity in AI, there is still much confusion about what the term actually means and how it can be applied to business travel.

​Don’t Be Like The Rest Of Them, Darling – Are we unique or do we share common traits?

​Don’t Be Like The Rest Of Them, Darling – Are we unique or do we share common traits?

Blog posts   •   Oct 11, 2019 13:19 GMT

Fashionistas might guess the author of the quote that gives title to this post. Coco Chanel was of the opinion that to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.