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Billions In Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System

Business travelers in the Northeastern United States always had the option of trains over planes, but old infrastructure restricts operations and limits the productivity potential. As explained in this article by Madeleine Ngo, fresh funding could help Amtrak slowly get up to speed. Washington, D.C. – Officials up and down the East Coast have long…

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Is An All-Encompassing Mobility App Making A Comeback?

Ground transportation doesn’t get as much attention in managed travel programs as some other categories, but new tech that aggregates options for the various modes, as described in this article by John Surico, could have implications for productivity, distribution, duty of care and sustainability. Imagine an app on your smartphone in which every form of transportation…

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Hosts A Rallying Cry For Decarbonizing Aviation

At its annual convention this month in Orlando, the Global Business Travel Association delivered on a promise to make sustainability a primary focus. It announced new initiatives for buyer and supplier members while speakers used the soapbox to implore the industry to leverage its enormous spending power to kickstart sustainable aviation fuel funding.  Sustainability encompasses…

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Amex GBT To Announce Net-Zero Plan, Consulting Service As GBTA Takes On Sustainability

The world’s largest travel management company is taking its sustainability initiatives up a couple notches. American Express Global Business Travel plans to announce a commitment to science-based targets for its global operations and supply chain as “an interim step on its journey to net-zero emissions globally by 2050.” The company also will announce a consulting…

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How Frequent Flier Programs Are Changing In A Changed World

Loyalty programs can work against managed travel goals when individual travelers and their employers don’t have the same preferred travel suppliers. But incentives for leisure time can also help reinforce corporate rules when there is alignment. The following article by Julie Weed highlights recent changes including the de-emphasis of mileage runs. The pandemic made an…

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Google Raises The Bar On Provision Of Point-Of-Sale Emissions Data

Google Flights search results include estimated carbon emissions as of this month. Though some questioned the data and the methodology behind it, many welcomed the development as the travel industry claims a laser focus on environmental protection. Meanwhile, Serko is among the corporate booking tool providers with new point-of-sale emissions displays.  More travel managers are…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…