Airlines say they are limiting the number of passengers on flights in an effort to maintain social distancing. Anecdotally, though, plenty of flights are full. Airline approaches vary, the situation will be fluid and there are no guarantees. World Travel Inc. is building a tool to inject some confidence by showing how full flights booked by client travelers are getting.
What’s “essential” business travel? The corporate travel profession has always struggled with this and the answers have changed over time. Some organizations traditionally defined it as customer-facing trips. Others saw it more narrowly as revenue-generating. Or, more practically, it could have meant travel required to do the job. Think product installation and repair, and other fieldwork.
Deem picked up online booking contracts with Apple and Toyota — big wins for a company that’s had plenty of ups and downs. Acquired by Enterprise Holdings last year, Deem powers the car rental company’s small business site and is a key tech provider to other ground transportation firms. Now with Apple and Toyota’s U.S. operation as clients, Deem is reminding the market that SAP Concur Travel isn’t the only option for large companies in need of mobile and online travel booking tools.
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This one goes out to the suppliers and intermediaries in the audience. Business development is always important, but especially now. Say you’re a travel management company and most of your clients are at less than 10 percent. It’s a good time to double down on getting more. The question is, how?
Analysts at Fitch Ratings expect business travel volumes to return to pre-pandemic levels around 2023 or 2024 following a “moderate recovery in travel demand beginning in 2021, with revenues in 2021 roughly 20 percent below 2019 levels.” The rating agency slightly downgraded its assessments of CWT’s credit risk and affirmed a negative rating outlook.
Questions about where people have been, whom they’ve seen and how they’re feeling are becoming commonplace. So are mobile apps that track potential coronavirus exposure. Contact tracing has taken on greater prominence in recent months as society copes with Covid-19. As with physical health screenings, there are data privacy concerns and travel management considerations.
Some cooped-up business travelers are itching to get back on the road for their mental health. But they may also be suffering from personal or professional stressors related to grief, politics, isolation, economics, lack of sleep or exercise, the crisis generally or a combination of the above. For some, the thought of traveling could be petrifying.