When it comes to the needs of women business travelers, safety and security understandably are the top issues. The considerations range from ground transportation safety to proper precautions about the Zika virus for pregnant women to cultural and legal issues in countries where womens’ rights are restricted. There are obvious concerns related to assault, rape and other crimes, regardless of where women travel. According to industry research this year, organizations could do more to address all that.
Affiliates of the Global Business Travel Association have until Jan. 1 to decide to either become full-fledged GBTA chapters or sever ties. The large groups in Chicago and Los Angeles announced their decisions to become official chapters. Sources said all other affiliates had done the same, except Texas BTA, which at press time was mulling it over. The move will end the two-tiered structure of GBTA’s local presence, which took its current form in 2012.
Kayak press officials have not responded to requests for comment, but informed sources described a possible business travel solution that would mix negotiated corporate airfares with public results for logged-in users.
At one time the main opportunity for travel management companies to deliver data to their clients was the quarterly review. But advances in data management mean customers already know the things TMC officials used to say in such meetings. Still a staple of the relationship, reviews now are more strategic and forward-looking. They feature more consideration of other stakeholders within the client organization. They address more topics, like risk management and the traveler experience.
BCD Travel last week announced a multiyear agreement with the Lufthansa Group. As part of the deal, the travel management company secured a full-content commitment from Lufthansa and the two parties agreed to test how BCD would book the airline group’s NDC offers. The agreement will give BCD Travel all content from Lufthansa and its Austrian, Brussels and Swiss subsidiaries via the Lufthansa NDC API. When Lufthansa terminated agreements with GDSs, “there was no longer full content,” said BCD Travel EVP Rose Stratford. “Our intention is to ensure full content and the best corporate rates. Part of our negotiations with the airline was to ensure we have access to that.”
Pursued for nearly five weeks, TripActions on Wednesday declined to answer basic questions about its own survey. That’s not something you often see in this line of work. Republished by some trade publications, the findings included that millennials see travel as a job perk and don’t care about loyalty programs; it takes more than an hour to book business trips for four in five travelers using corporate booking solutions; and half don’t use tools furnished by their employers.
An International SOS Foundation study of international business travelers’ health and wellness uncovered some new points, according to researchers. One was that few companies accounted for vulnerabilities among employees with pre-existing psychological conditions. Another was about risk-taking. When travelers are out and about, they’re more likely to do things they would not normally.