Category Archives: Culture

Business Travel’s Personal Toll: Identity Threat Or Reality Check?

Those who travel for business view warnings about the mental and physical hazards either as an “identity threat” or a “more concerning reality check.” This was a finding from an academic study published last week on the reaction to an earlier study exploring the “darker side of hypermobility.” The first study argued that the perceived… Read More »

Big Clients Signal Acceptance As Rocketrip Signs General Electric, Twitter

Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch thinks too few travel managers are advocates for travelers. He said the profession has a policy compliance problem and lacks innovation. His new, big-name clients apparently agree with at least some of that. Rocketrip this month announced that General Electric and Twitter signed on. Most clients now are mid-sized or larger.… Read More »

Traveler Engagement: (Hard) Work In Progress

Traveler engagement is an area of opportunity, but translating touchy-feely principles for a procurement mindset of compliance and savings is problematic. Many practitioners remain in the earliest stages of a more robust engagement program, studying and planning. According to an Association of Corporate Travel Executives/American Express Global Business Travel September 2016 survey of 254 corporate… Read More »

Microsoft Maximizes Travel Management Resources By Getting Them From American Express GBT

Microsoft has avoided “significant disruptions to stakeholders” since deploying in May 2016 a travel management outsource model that pushes the frontier of process over people. While the client continues to “own” strategy and sourcing, American Express Global Business Travel handles day-to-day travel manager tasks previously assigned mainly to travel department contractors. The setup freed Microsoft’s… Read More »

Evolving Travel Policies Challenge OBTs

Travel suppliers want to provide personalized offers to travelers. Some travel managers want to customize travel policies to better fit individual travelers and the specifics of a trip. The problem is, some online booking tools can’t or don’t easily handle the nuances. OBTs connect with traveler profiles. Those often include basic data like an employee’s… Read More »

Teleconference 6: Traveler Engagement

Traveler Engagement Feb. 9, 2017 Thanks to all our attendees and speakers! This event’s recording may be purchased here or gifted here for $10. Grab the slides here. A big part of travel management is traveler management, or it should be. Our sixth teleconference featured four practitioners discussing the tools, metrics, benefits and challenges of traveler… Read More »

Getting Past The Travel Agent Workforce Crunch

Adoption of online booking technology means corporate agencies can grow without a commensurate increase in headcount. But when new travel agents are needed, especially as the retirement bubble looms, how do they find them and what competencies are they looking for? For young people considering their careers, travel isn’t as glamorous as it used to… Read More »

Travel Friction And The Diminishing Returns Of Cost Savings

Programs like Rocketrip, Upside and TripActions offer new ways for travelers to save their companies money while earning something for themselves. In some cases they earn such benefits by accepting a lower-quality travel experience. But what are the human and productivity costs of these tradeoffs? Recent studies tried to get at the influence of business… Read More »

Still Fringe For Many Clients, Airbnb Presents Travel Management Companies Revenue Opportunity

It’s a classic tale of challenges and opportunities. And disclaimers. For when the three biggest travel management companies help clients use Airbnb, they say, they’re not endorsing it. Whether to use it is up to clients. TMCs are simply capturing data. Well, they might be marketing it, too. And they could soon be booking it.… Read More »

GBTA Sustainability Committee Prepping Assessment Tool, Car RFP Questions

[UPDATE: October 19, 2016: GBTA Foundation’s updated car rental request for proposals template now is available. Meant to become an “industry standard,” the document includes a new section on sustainability. Car rental bidders are asked to describe sustainable development policies, environmental certifications, external audits, fleet gas mileage and commitments to help clients reduce carbon footprints.… Read More »

At Your (Leisure Travel) Service

Usage of vacation time in the United States has been falling despite research that shows a rested employee is a productive one. When they do make plans, co-workers sometimes bug travel professionals with questions about vacations. They don’t always have answers. A couple of companies born from business travel management are looking to help. A brand-new… Read More »

For Concur TripLink Clients, Motivations Vary

Users of Concur’s TripLink service have various reasons for participating. At IT consulting firm Sopra Steria, it’s about equipping employees. The company partnered last year with InterContinental Hotels Group on an unusual program in which Sopra Steria employees earn bonus IHG loyalty points for enrolling in and booking on IHG’s websites with TripLink. “As a… Read More »

Boston Consulting Group App Exemplifies Traveler-Centric Program

Given the intensity of its people’s travel, The Boston Consulting Group is not known as a stickler on expenses. But relatively flexible policies and willingness to spend on better services aren’t everything. Ease of process is important, too. BCG head of global travel Gehan Colliander said the company is moving toward a more employee-centric travel… Read More »