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CWT/Ambition Research: More Than Three in Four Business Executives Prefer Face-to-Face Meetings Over Virtual Contact

CWT/Ambition Research: More Than Three in Four Business Executives Prefer Face-to-Face Meetings Over Virtual Contact

Press releases   •   Dec 06, 2018 07:01 GMT

According to a survey by CWT and Ambition, more than three quarters (78%) of businesspeople prefer meeting in-person to using technology-enabled communications such as video-conferencing – primarily because meeting face-to-face helps them build more meaningful relationships, read people’s body language and facial expressions, and makes it easier to get their point across and be persuasive.

CWT Wins “World’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2018” at the World Travel Awards

CWT Wins “World’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2018” at the World Travel Awards

Press releases   •   Dec 05, 2018 15:15 GMT

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, was awarded “World’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2018” and “Europe’s Leading Travel Agency 2018” at the World Travel Awards ceremony, which took place in Lisbon on 1 December. CWT beat a shortlist of eight to take the prize.

Prawn Cocktail – Your Days Are Numbered. Here’s how to cater events for a foodie generation

Prawn Cocktail – Your Days Are Numbered. Here’s how to cater events for a foodie generation

Blog posts   •   Dec 05, 2018 08:05 GMT

​Once upon a time the term foodie was associated with high culture and an elite fortunate enough to eat Michelin Starred chef-d’oeuvres while the rest of us ate cold sandwiches. But the frenzy for fine cooking has seen dramatic growth and democratization on a global scale.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Michelle Frymire as CFO

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Michelle Frymire as CFO

Press releases   •   Dec 04, 2018 13:32 GMT

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global travel management company, has appointed Michelle Frymire as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Based in Minneapolis, Michelle will report to Kurt Ekert, President & CEO of CWT and serve as a member of the CWT Executive Leadership Team.

5 Reasons Why Booking Your Air Tickets Using Your Smartphone Is So ‘Wicked’

5 Reasons Why Booking Your Air Tickets Using Your Smartphone Is So ‘Wicked’

Blog posts   •   Dec 04, 2018 08:09 GMT

​You have probably heard the news recently that we have​ expanded our mobile air booking offering in 20 key markets around the world, giving travelers the option of securing their flights directly on the myCWT™​ app. But, why is this such a game changer? Here’s 5 reasons to embrace this new way of making reservations. If you try it, there will be no going back.

Room with a (long-term) View: ​When to book extended-stay

Room with a (long-term) View: ​When to book extended-stay

Blog posts   •   Nov 30, 2018 10:45 GMT

Extended-stay properties are sprouting up with increased regularity. It feels as if sharing economy and apartment properties receive daily attention, and traveler demand appears to be keeping pace. Travel buyers have certainly taken notice too, as 94% believe they will have to allow more flexibility, or maintain current levels of flexibility for extended-stays and for alternative lodgings.

Give me Wi-Fi! – Is the promise of free internet on board a blessing or a curse?

Give me Wi-Fi! – Is the promise of free internet on board a blessing or a curse?

Blog posts   •   Nov 29, 2018 10:02 GMT

With Delta Air Lines’ CEO, Ed Bastian, announcing recently that the company is working towards offering free Wi-Fi on all its flights, and with several airlines already offering the service – including low-cost carrier, Norwegian – one can only wonder if internet access is going to become the latest must-have when choosing an airline.

CWT Solutions Group adds Predictive Analytics capabilities, revealing new savings opportunities

CWT Solutions Group adds Predictive Analytics capabilities, revealing new savings opportunities

Press releases   •   Nov 29, 2018 08:03 GMT

CWT Solutions Group, CWT’s consulting division, has built an advanced data model that sifts through large historic travel data sets, as well as public data on commodity prices, macro-economic indicators, weather, and holidays. Those data are analyzed to identify patterns and correlations, generating robust predictions for a company’s future spend.

CWT Expands Mobile Air Bookings; Travelers in Twenty Countries Can Now Book Flights Directly On myCWT™ App

CWT Expands Mobile Air Bookings; Travelers in Twenty Countries Can Now Book Flights Directly On myCWT™ App

Press releases   •   Nov 26, 2018 08:05 GMT

​Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has expanded its mobile air booking offering in 20 key markets around the world, giving travelers the option of booking their flights directly on the myCWT™ app.

It’s Electrifying – Will we assist to the end of fossil fuels propelled aircraft any soon?

It’s Electrifying – Will we assist to the end of fossil fuels propelled aircraft any soon?

Blog posts   •   Nov 22, 2018 08:05 GMT

​After decades of being powered by fossil fuels, technological advances are making the entelechy of electric commercial aviation a reality. According to the global consultancy Roland Berger, “the number of electrically propelled aircraft around the world now exceeds 130.”

The Rise Of Ancillary Revenue – Is the lowest available fare always the best option?

The Rise Of Ancillary Revenue – Is the lowest available fare always the best option?

Blog posts   •   Nov 21, 2018 08:07 GMT

​Ancillary revenue in the airline industry – generated by activities and services that yield revenue for airlines beyond the simple transportation of passengers from A to B – has increased dramatically over the years.

CWT’s Kurt Ekert Named Vice Chair of United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Six steps to working effectively with startups (if you’re a TMC)

Six steps to working effectively with startups (if you’re a TMC)

Blog posts   •   Nov 20, 2018 08:05 GMT

In the second of our Open Innovation series, CWT’s Brandon Balcom, senior director of Open Innovation, shares his top tips on successfully working with startups. While a travel management company (TMC) and a startup may seem an unlikely cultural fit, Brandon focuses on what each brings to the table, while sidestepping stereotypical traps.

​How Travel Buyers Are Costing Themselves Money

​How Travel Buyers Are Costing Themselves Money

Blog posts   •   Nov 15, 2018 09:44 GMT

RoomIt by CWT just published a study with GBTA asking travel buyers and travelers about their hotel program to understand goals, policies, traveler behavior, and future program considerations. Reducing program costs remains the top goal for many travel buyers, and, despite great effort, many are frustrated that their efforts have not been more impactful.

New Research Identifies Disconnects in Travel Program Goals, Policy and Traveler Behavior

New Research Identifies Disconnects in Travel Program Goals, Policy and Traveler Behavior

Press releases   •   Nov 15, 2018 08:01 GMT

Nearly 70 percent of travel buyers say that enforcing policy compliance is among the most challenging aspects of their job, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with RoomIt by CWT. While travelers may book out-of-policy for preferred properties or amenities, there is also a large gap in traveler knowledge of company policy.

Show Me Your Visa – Where do you lie on the spectrum of mobility?

Show Me Your Visa – Where do you lie on the spectrum of mobility?

Blog posts   •   Nov 13, 2018 08:01 GMT

​With Brexit fast approaching and with it concerns over the complexity of visa processing, it seems like an apt time to look at the latest edition of the Henley & Partners Passport Index published at the beginning of October. According to the latest data available, if you hold a Japanese passport, you can visit 190 countries without the need to get your passport stamped.

CWT launches CWT AnswerIQ, an AI-Powered Travel Reporting and Visualization Tool

CWT launches CWT AnswerIQ, an AI-Powered Travel Reporting and Visualization Tool

Press releases   •   Nov 13, 2018 07:57 GMT

​Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has launched CWT AnswerIQ, a next-generation data insight, reporting and visualization tool that works like a personalized search engine that knows everything about the client’s travel program.

​Shanghai Nights: Adventures in Asia Pacific’s top city for 2019 with Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events APAC

​Shanghai Nights: Adventures in Asia Pacific’s top city for 2019 with Sam Lay, Senior Director Meetings and Events APAC

Blog posts   •   Nov 08, 2018 11:22 GMT

“Shanghai was a waking dream where everything I could imagine had already been taken to its extreme,” said novelist JG Ballard. It’s an accurate description of a city that’s singular in its vivacity. A magnet for migrants from all over China, the nation’s biggest city is a modern powerhouse and financial hub as much as it is a historical treasure trove.

CWT appoints Courtney Mattson as new Treasurer

CWT appoints Courtney Mattson as new Treasurer

Press releases   •   Nov 07, 2018 13:00 GMT

​Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Courtney Mattson as its new Treasurer. Mattson will be based in CWT’s headquarters in Minneapolis, reporting to Brad Hall, CWT’s Chief Financial Officer, and will serve as a member of CWT’s Finance Leadership Team.

Into the Deep: My day as a copper miner

Into the Deep: My day as a copper miner

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2018 11:39 GMT

​Simon Goldie is a global program director in the Energy, Resources and Marine sector at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Experiencing life as a miner has always been one of his goals. When the opportunity came to explore a copper mine in the Australian Outback, Simon was more than ready to go. Below is his first-hand account.