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Wisconsin BTA Hosts Travel Talk Roundtable with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 19 October 2017
This past August, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the Wisconsin Business Travel Association hosted our first ever, “Travel Talk Roundtable” with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Senator Johnson’s Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security, the principal department responsible for immigration, counterterrorism, and border security. Many of the issues before Senator Johnson’s Committee are key priorities for the business travel community. We were joined by GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick and Vice President for Government Relations Andrew Meehan.

Creating a Frictionless Travel Experience - Part 1

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 19 October 2017
The GBTA Foundation, in partnership with Sabre Corporation, set out to explore the topic of traveler friction around the world. The recently released study looked at traveler friction from both the business traveler perspective and also from the perspective of the managed travel and human resource professional. The objective was to identify the main challenges business travelers face during their travel experience while learning what managed travel programs and organizations as a whole can do to make this experience a better one.
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World Travellers and Companies as Global Citizens

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 18 October 2017
The business sector and the way companies operate have a major impact on the future of the Earth. We can’t simply focus on minimising the impacts of our operations — instead, we must find opportunities for developing our operations, growing responsibly and benefiting society. Companies and individuals who operate in a sustainable manner can thus change the world for the better. A company may not directly be able to influence things such as national legislation, but a sustainably operating company will introduce new practices and approaches into the social environment it operates in. Likewise, an individual citizen and consumer can make choices that help steer the product offering towards better sustainability.

Tough Travels: Business Travelers Tell Us Their Top Pain Points on the Road

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 17 October 2017
Through the lifecycle of a trip, the business traveler will encounter different challenges that can impact their travel experience. Last week, the GBTA Foundation released a new study, in partnership with Sabre Corporation, identifying the most challenging aspects of business travel. While there are many similarities among business travelers around the globe, there are also a few differences. The following is an overview of each of the regions we surveyed and how they measure up when it comes to different facets of the business traveler experience.

Compensation for Travel Buyers Up 5.5 Percent Year-Over-Year

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 17 October 2017
Average compensation for U.S. travel buyers saw a 5.5 percent year-over-year increase in 2017, reaching an average of $107,000, according to new findings released today. Median salaries are also up, increasing 7.5 percent to $98,000. The GBTA Foundation’s 2017 Compensation and Benefits study delves into salaries, bonuses and benefits for U.S. travel buyers and reveals differences in compensation based on a variety of factors including experience, region, position, company travel spend, and gender.
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ACU Says ATC Reform Isn't Privatization, but That's Probably a Good Thing

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 16 October 2017
When reading the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) recent op-ed in The Hill, “’Conservative’ air traffic control bill fails to privatize industry”, I couldn’t decide if ACU’s opposition is a good thing. ACU’s support hinges on its “Seven Principles of Privatization,” essentially a guide for lawmakers to privatize for the sake of privatizing. Broad-brush principles seldom make for good policy, and as much as we would like to boil complex problems down to seven words or principles, it simply doesn’t work. But the ACU makes a good point – the 21st Century AIRR Act is not privatization. It’s a detailed prescription for a larger goal: improving our nation’s air traffic control.

After the Hurricane: An Overview of Hidden Health Risks

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 10 October 2017
The following post is written by Reade Bush, PA-C, Assistant Medical Director, Generali Global Assistance on behalf of the GBTA Risk Committee. Three recent hurricanes that struck Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, have left many short- and long-term health effects which will make for a very difficult recovery process. In the first days of a hurricane, most of the deaths are from drowning, trauma due to structural collapse or downed trees, electrocution, or fire, which may be fed by natural gas leaks.

Integrating Your Corporate Travel and Meetings Programs

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 5 October 2017
If you actually take the time to develop and design an integrated meetings and corporate travel program for your organization, you take the real prize: a seat with the top executives at your company. Along the way, you develop skill sets and insight that will only elevate your professional career to new heights… and I almost forgot about the fun part; the people, knowledge and the friendships you will develop in this journey will be worth every step; backwards (yes…hate to tell you, you may have to go backwards sometimes) and forward.
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Travel Ban Expanded to Include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 25 September 2017
Yesterday the President and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced enhanced global security measures that included adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia are again included in this order, while restrictions placed on the Sudan have been lifted.

Top 5 TMC Questions Asked and Answered

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 19 September 2017
In 2016, organizations invested significantly in business travel, with global business travel spend approaching $1.3 trillion. However, as companies increasingly invest in business travel, they must equally invest in a managed travel program that balances employee needs with corporate goals. Unraveling the intricacies of travel management can be daunting without a travel management company in tow, so the GBTA Foundation partnered with U.S. Bank to outline the considerations involved in choosing a TMC.

A Look Back at GBTA Convention

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 12 September 2017
Although GBTA Convention 2017 came to an end nearly two months ago, it’s still fresh on our minds. Our 49th annual Convention in Boston brought together nearly 7,000 travel professionals and industry leaders and featured over 400 exhibitors, including nearly 100 first-time exhibitors. We had a chance to speak to a handful of first-time exhibitors about their experience and why they decided to exhibit at The Business Travel Event of the Year®.

What Everyone New to Managed Travel Should Know

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 5 September 2017
Travel management encompasses a variety of industry players: non-profit corporations, hoteliers, small and medium-sized enterprises, airlines, travel management companies, data consolidators, consultants that act as a liaison between buyers and suppliers – the list goes on and on. Despite the wealth of available information, diving into managed travel as an individual with little to no experience can certainly be intimidating. GBTA recently hosted a webinar in which GoldSpring Consulting’s Mark Williams provided an overview of what individuals new to managed travel should focus their efforts on.

Help GBTA Members Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 29 August 2017
By now, most of you have seen numerous news stories of the historic flooding in Houston and surrounding areas in recent days. As a Houston area resident, my heart goes out to all that are impacted by the devastation resulting from Hurricane Harvey. As travel professionals, we are all familiar with the care and caution exercised to keep our travelers safe on the road no matter what circumstances they face. The business travel community has a unique resiliency, and has repeatedly showcased the ability to come together and stand strong in the face of many adverse situations from terrorist attacks to natural disasters.
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Today's Geopolitical Climate and Innovation Top of Mind at GBTA Convention 2017

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 27 July 2017
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry, wrapped up its 49th annual Convention last week in Boston. Today’s geopolitical landscape and its impact on business travel and duty of care along with the latest innovations in travel technology were the predominant themes throughout the five-day industry gathering that brought together nearly 7,000 travel professionals and industry leaders.
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TSA Announces New U.S. Airport Screening Procedures for Electronics in Carry-On Bags

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 26 July 2017
Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the implementation of stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. This follows extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, and will now expand to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead. We have heard from many of you, our members, that travelers will be willing to spend extra time at security to prevent an outright electronics ban, so we are pleased to see TSA taking steps to enhance security, while still ensuring business travelers can keep their devices with them throughout their flight. While security is, of course, the top priority, business travelers want to remain productive on trips, and more importantly have been trained to keep their devices close for security purposes because they may contain sensitive company information.

A Look at the Future of Lodging

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 25 July 2017
With the growth of home-sharing platform Airbnb, traditional hotel chains have had to take a step back and rediscover what makes them unique. This was the topic of conversation at GBTA Convention 2017’s Lodging Panel, moderated by CNN’s Richard Quest. Representing hoteliers was AccorHotels’ Senior VP of Global Sales, Markus Keller, and NH Hotel Groups CCO, Fernando Vives. David Holyoke, Head of Business Travel for Airbnb spoke for the rapidly expanding home-sharing industry. The panel began with all parties saying that there is room for everyone in the hospitality industry. “The customer is going to decide where they spend the night,” Vives said.
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Forecasting the Future of Flight with Delta's Ed Bastian

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 24 July 2017
“When I graduated from college, I never even had set foot on an airplane,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian told the crowd in his first appearance on Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2017. Bastian is now the head of one of the largest global airlines and spoke with GBTA Executive Director and COO Mike McCormick about what the future looks like for Delta and the travel industry as a whole.
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How Turkish Airlines Became the Self-Proclaimed 'King of the Comeback' - A Conversation with Chairman Iker Ayci

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 20 July 2017
Turkish Airlines has been named “Europe’s Best Airline” for the past six years, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had their challenges. A terrorist attack on one of their airports in 2016 led to 45 deaths and more than 230 injuries. At GBTA Convention 2017, Chairman of Turkish Airlines, Iker Ayci, spoke with GBTA COO Mike McCormick about the tragedy and how the company maintained their composure in order to secure the airport.

GBTA Convention Panel Discusses Geopolitical Disruptions and the Future of Global Business Travel

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 18 July 2017
In the modern travel world, political tension has an immense impact on travel policies and the way businesses conduct transportation on a global scale. During Monday’s Center Stage Panel at GBTA Convention 2017, global business experts discussed the two main geopolitical disruptions we face today alongside moderator Courtney Hammond, Principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
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Tools for Identifying Risk Amongst the Noise

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 12 July 2017
Amidst the current global risks, business travel remains vital to the economy. In spite of its importance, it can be challenging to sift through all available data to make responsible company decisions. So how can travel managers successfully navigate this process? At the GBTA Canada Conference in April, COO Mike McCormick spoke with Peter Martin, the Vice Chairman of FocusPoint International, about best practices for risk management.

5 Tips for Navigating GBTA Convention 2017

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 11 July 2017
GBTA Convention 2017 is right around the corner! To prepare you for The Business Travel Event of the Year®, we’ve compiled a list of five tips designed to help you maximize your time in Boston: Order Fast Passes. Skip the lines and gain exclusive access to any one of the Convention Arena Luncheons with GBTA Convention 2017 Fast Passes. Be the first to reserve a table for your colleagues and peers with early access at GBTA Convention 2017.

4 Ways to Optimize Your Employees' Bleisure Travel Experience

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 7 July 2017
In 2016, there were 522 million business trips taken in the United States. So what should you do when one of your employees decides to extend one of these into a bleisure trip? If they have decided to take a long weekend to enjoy the sights after their meeting is over, it is now up to you to communicate your company’s policy on bleisure travel to them. As seen in previous posts on the profile of a bleisure traveler and the factors in bleisure travel hotel choice, bleisure travelers are a diverse group of people who continue their stay after a business trip. Thirty-six percent of U.S-based business travelers have done this at least once, so it is important to be prepared when one of your company’s employees decides to take a bleisure trip.

GBTA Unveils Media Day Line-Up for GBTA Convention 2017

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 7 July 2017
The business of travel has brought the world within reach, with borders blurring and people intersecting in all corners of the globe. The pace of change is unrelenting, but companies are constantly innovating to meet the changing needs of the industry. GBTA Convention brings the entire industry together making it a “can’t miss” event. Every year there is a spectacular line up of speakers and educational offerings as well as the largest business travel Expo floor and countless networking opportunities, making it truly, the Business Travel Event of the Year.

3 Key Factors in Bleisure Travel Hotel Choice

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 23 June 2017
After someone has decided to extend their work trip into a bleisure trip, they have one more question to answer: will they stay at the same place for both the business and leisure portions of their trip, or choose a new hotel? The GBTA Foundation’s recent study in partnership with Hilton, “Extending Business Travel into Leisure Time”, breaks down the components that go into a traveler’s bleisure lodging plans.

The Importance of Technology in the SME Market

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 20 June 2017
Having the right resources makes all the difference. And in the business world, resources can set apart competitors, strengthen a struggling organization and allow employees to do their jobs more efficiently. For SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) these resources are extremely important, as their travel managers typically have other roles and responsibilities they are attempting to balance as well. Having access to tools that provide quick updates on information are key in allowing these travel managers to focus on duty of care and fulfill their roles.

Near, Far, Wherever You Are- Learn How to Stay Safe Around the World with GBTA's Risk Radar Webinar

The Business of Travel - The official blog of GBTA - 19 June 2017
Business travel gives employees the opportunity to visit new and exciting countries, but the changing world climate makes it important to stay updated on shifting risk levels. While it’s impossible to predict every dangerous situation abroad, there are proactive measures that can be taken to send your team out with their best foot forward. GBTA’s Risk Committee recently hosted a Risk Radar webinar that offered a “continent-by-continent” breakdown of information to aid in navigating business travel to potentially dangerous areas. Hosted by Senior VP of BCD Travel, Kathy Bedell, this presentation included valuable information for planning any sort of global business trip.

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