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 Rooms for Improvement: 3 ways to approach hotel sourcing in 2021

Rooms for Improvement: 3 ways to approach hotel sourcing in 2021

Blog posts   •   Jan 15, 2021 08:57 GMT

​The crystal ball of 2021 is a little cloudier than many travel buyers would have hoped at the start of the year but with the vaccine rolling out and the hard slog mostly behind us, there’s reason to anticipate a major uptick from 2020 levels, when our industry was operating at about 20% of its usual volume.

Is the ECO approach nominated in BTN Europe’s 2021 Hotlist part of a movement to reshape travel?

Is the ECO approach nominated in BTN Europe’s 2021 Hotlist part of a movement to reshape travel?

Blog posts   •   Jan 14, 2021 10:28 GMT

​The ​BTN Hotlist is the annual rundown of the people, products, trends, and developments shaping the business travel industry. Close to 200 nominations were received this year to determine who's driving change, which companies or products are turning heads, and what travel trends are going to punctuate the year ahead.

​Continental Adrift: What does Brexit mean for UK & EU travelers?

​Continental Adrift: What does Brexit mean for UK & EU travelers?

Blog posts   •   Jan 08, 2021 10:28 GMT

After several years of dominating headlines, the Brexit transition period is over. What does the deal mean for EU and UK business travelers and how do we make heads or tails of the new restrictions?

 The Right Lens: When to choose live vs pre-recorded virtual events

The Right Lens: When to choose live vs pre-recorded virtual events

Blog posts   •   Jan 06, 2021 12:15 GMT

​There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding to host a live or pre-recorded event but the planning should start with what your overall goals and aims are for you and your attendees.

2020: The year in 5 of our most popular posts

2020: The year in 5 of our most popular posts

Blog posts   •   Dec 29, 2020 11:23 GMT

This time last year concepts like 'social distancing' and 'lockdown' were unknown to most of us. We had no idea that our daily existence - from meetings to weddings - would move almost entirely online or that 2020 would become a deeply challenging year for so many.

A Travel Tree, Grandma’s Recipe and a Neighbourhood Knees-up: Our people on their end-of-year traditions

A Travel Tree, Grandma’s Recipe and a Neighbourhood Knees-up: Our people on their end-of-year traditions

Blog posts   •   Dec 23, 2020 09:14 GMT

In these challenging times, out of step with ordinary life, many of us will take solace in the chance to reflect and celebrate with loved ones. But in the absence of the usual hallmarks - tales from holidays abroad, hugging older relatives or a party with the neighbors – how do we mark the end of the year? We asked some of our staff for their 2020 take on tradition.

Staycations and Hybrid Meetings

Staycations and Hybrid Meetings

Blog posts   •   Dec 18, 2020 10:03 GMT

​In what now feels like a distant time, when business travelers were jet-setting around the world to attend meetings and events, some would tack on a couple of extra days to explore and enjoy the destination – a phenomenon that (for better or worse) has been dubbed “bleisure travel."

​Seeing Stars: 6 ways to prepare your people for post-Brexit travel

​Seeing Stars: 6 ways to prepare your people for post-Brexit travel

Blog posts   •   Dec 17, 2020 11:07 GMT

31 Dec 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition period. As we get closer to the end – the theme tune to the game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ is in the back of our minds - it’s natural to be concerned by the dizzying news emerging from negotiations in Brussels. On the plus side, 2020 has pushed us to new depths of resilience and ease at navigating uncertainty.

​Building Back Better: 5 steps to a responsible travel program

​Building Back Better: 5 steps to a responsible travel program

Blog posts   •   Dec 11, 2020 10:04 GMT

The pandemic has shaken our industry to the core, but this allows us to re-envision what we want business travel to look like in the future. As we emerge from this crisis, we have a unique opportunity to build a better future, taking a more balanced approach to travel management that embraces climate impact and wellbeing measures.

​Rules of Engagement: 8 Steps to creating captivating and interactive virtual events

​Rules of Engagement: 8 Steps to creating captivating and interactive virtual events

Blog posts   •   Dec 09, 2020 10:54 GMT

In September 2019, the CWT Meetings & Events (CWT M&E) team in Singapore held its inaugural MarketME event, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers in the industry to come together, exchange ideas and learn about the latest products, services, and trends in the market.

What a vaccine means for duty of care

What a vaccine means for duty of care

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2020 15:14 GMT

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all organizations to take a closer look at their travel risk policies. Protecting the health and safety of travelers highlights the increasing importance of having a Duty of Care plan. With the introduction of vaccines, this will remain the case for a while to come.

​Open for Business: What matters in travel right now

​Open for Business: What matters in travel right now

Blog posts   •   Dec 02, 2020 08:56 GMT

COVID-19 has changed nearly every organization; it’s certainly changed the business travel world. Despite benefitting from video conferencing services (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, and Skype) we have realized that what matters most is the human touch. The smiles. The eye contact. The ability to read a room. Coffees with colleagues or lunch with prospective clients.

​Travel Toolbox – 3 ways to keep your people informed

​Travel Toolbox – 3 ways to keep your people informed

Blog posts   •   Nov 27, 2020 13:09 GMT

Recent vaccine news – though being a cause for great optimism- may be making some people complacent, some scientific advisors have stated. Where there’s complacency for some, there’s anxiety for others.

 Covid-19: 5 steps to prep for another wave

Covid-19: 5 steps to prep for another wave

Blog posts   •   Nov 26, 2020 10:07 GMT

In many countries globally, we are seeing second waves and there may be more to follow. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel with the highly-promising emergence of vaccines with but there may be insufficient supply, at least initially, of a single vaccine.

​Out of Isolation: 3 rules for employee mental health

​Out of Isolation: 3 rules for employee mental health

Blog posts   •   Nov 20, 2020 09:19 GMT

Duty of care for companies is typically focused on protocol and practicalities such as travel alerts and tracking. But there’s no doubt that the link between mental health, lockdowns, and the associated uncertainties of the pandemic is real.

Passion in a Pandemic: Judging the Business Travel Journalism Awards 2020

Passion in a Pandemic: Judging the Business Travel Journalism Awards 2020

Blog posts   •   Nov 18, 2020 11:29 GMT

​It has been both painstaking and an honour to judge the ‘Oscars’ equivalent for business travel journalism - the Business Travel Journalism Awards 2020 (BTJAs).

2020 Business Travel Journalism Award (BTJAs) winners named

2020 Business Travel Journalism Award (BTJAs) winners named

Press releases   •   Nov 17, 2020 10:45 GMT

​London, 17 November, 2020: Ten entries, featuring notable explanatory and investigative travel reporting on the global COVID-19 pandemic, are among the winners of the 2020 Business Travel Journalism Awards, which honor journalists from national, consumer, broadcast, and trade media.

​Checks and Balances: Can pre-trip approval boost travelers’ confidence?

​Checks and Balances: Can pre-trip approval boost travelers’ confidence?

Blog posts   •   Nov 13, 2020 10:19 GMT

There are many things we couldn’t have imagined doing a year ago – wearing a surgeon’s mask to buy groceries, working solely from home, and embracing tasks we once loathed. Along with filing taxes and tackling the kitchen junk drawer, getting approval for a trip used to be a tedious but necessary part of life.

​Ten top tips to tremendous telepresence (or how not to blow your video conference presentation)
​Laptop of Luxury: Why we all need to play a part in closing the digital divide

​Laptop of Luxury: Why we all need to play a part in closing the digital divide

Blog posts   •   Nov 06, 2020 10:03 GMT

“I do not fear computers,” said the writer Isaac Asimov in the early 1980s, “I fear the lack of them.” Asimov predicted that education would be forever changed by technology, and it would be an integral part of teaching and learning. He was right.