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Flying in Fog: Can your travel program weather turbulence?

Flying in Fog: Can your travel program weather turbulence?

Blog posts   •   Oct 17, 2019 15:54 GMT

Whether you favor older wisdom like the Serenity Prayer or a daily dose of Instagram inspiration, some version of “control the controllable" offers solace in strange times. Humans aren’t built for extreme uncertainty and there’s a lot of it around between climate change, trade wars, Brexit upheaval and rising oil prices.

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.

Tale of Two Worlds: How to manage a hotel program in EMEA

Tale of Two Worlds: How to manage a hotel program in EMEA

Blog posts   •   Apr 24, 2019 10:03 GMT

Managing the local portion of a large corporate hotel program requires you to live in two worlds. You have to design a plan to accommodate the distinctive needs of your region while also taking your company’s larger travel strategy into consideration.

​Why airfares are forecast to increase despite a softening global economy

​Why airfares are forecast to increase despite a softening global economy

Blog posts   •   Jan 15, 2019 08:52 GMT

Average ticket price (ATP) for air is forecast to increase by 2% globally in February, despite what many economists predict will be a softer global economy heading into 2019. Between anxiety over trade wars, a chaotic Brexit negotiation, and jittery markets, the global economy is expected to decelerate, but, the key is, it will remain above trend, which is helping to shield prices.

Painless Payment – Can corporate cards contribute to a great travel policy?

Painless Payment – Can corporate cards contribute to a great travel policy?

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2018 08:06 GMT

The use of payment methods other than corporate cards is a pain point for travel managers, travelers and Travel Management Companies (TMC) alike. For the former, it makes tracking expenses more difficult; and for the latter it means wasted time in filing receipts. For the TMCs, spending time on admin tasks doesn’t add much value for customers – so all round, a lot of wasted time.

Travel Management Of The Future – 3-ways predictive analytics can transform your program

Travel Management Of The Future – 3-ways predictive analytics can transform your program

Blog posts   •   Dec 07, 2018 08:43 GMT

“If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.” Since the beginning of times, humankind has been obsessed with predictions. Fortunately, nowadays we don't need to rely on oracles or witches of any sort. We have powerful algorithms that allow us to predict the future and even change it.

CWT Solutions Group predicts air travel prices to drop in the next two months as oil prices tumble

CWT Solutions Group predicts air travel prices to drop in the next two months as oil prices tumble

Blog posts   •   Oct 30, 2018 09:52 GMT

Average ticket prices (ATPs) for air are forecast to drop globally in November and December following a sell-off in oil prices in mid-to-late October, coupled with traditionally slower months for business travel around the holidays that is expected to dampen demand.

Digging For Gold – Revealing unmanaged expenses

Digging For Gold – Revealing unmanaged expenses

Blog posts   •   Sep 18, 2018 07:12 GMT

If you have been in travel management for a while, you have probably redefined your travel program to a state-of-the-art level - trimming traditional travel expenses like air, hotel and ground transportation to perfection. However, are you sure you are getting the full picture of your travel and expenses (T&E) spend and supplier usage?

12 top tips for negotiating business travel

12 top tips for negotiating business travel

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2018 09:51 GMT

Let's Chatbot: Can AI revolutionize your travel program?
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.

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.

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.

Spring Cleaning:  Does your travel reporting need a clear-out?

Spring Cleaning: Does your travel reporting need a clear-out?

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2018 10:47 GMT

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague played us a video of Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo working her magic. We watched, mesmerized, as she conjured the most neatly organized closet from what looked like a department store hit by a hurricane. She started by asking the owner of the said closet to imagine her “ideal lifestyle,” and then proceeded to discard everything that didn’t fit.

​Passport to the future: Can Blockchain revolutionize business travel?

​Passport to the future: Can Blockchain revolutionize business travel?

Blog posts   •   Apr 10, 2018 09:32 GMT

It’s tempting to dismiss Bitcoin, the world’s first digital currency, as a passing fad, and nothing to do with the world of business travel, but what if the technology upon which it is built could make the fear of forgetting your passport, a problem of the past? Well, now there’s a brave new world.