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Reporter’s Notebook: Announcements Timed With GBTA Convention Address Recovery, Risk, Service

The Global Business Travel Association on Wednesday welcomed back its Media Day event at the start of the annual convention. More series of presentations than press conference, the event requires presenters — companies that sponsor or exhibit at the convention and pay extra to be involved — to agree to withhold their announcements until the…

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Required Reading: International Standards Body Poised To Publish Travel Risk Management Guidance

In the works since 2018, the initial version of ISO guidance on travel risk management is scheduled for release this month. It will provide a roadmap and a set of best practices that could evolve into a more formal standard and associated certification. Travel risk management experts welcome the publication and see it as a…

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Business Travel’s Connection To Mental Health Was Never More Relevant

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…

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Business Traveler Use Of E-Scooters Raises Risk Management Questions

Electric scooters had something of a corporate travel coming out party at the GBTA convention last summer in San Diego. They seemed to be everywhere. More than a few delegates said they tried one for the first time. At least a couple admitted to causing a mishap or getting caught up in one. As scooter…

International SOS Adds Air Safety Ratings

International SOS last month introduced an aviation safety ratings service that flags bookings on airlines deemed risky. Gwendoline Pichon de Vendeuil, group product director at the travel risk management firm, noted growing customer interest following several high-profile aviation incidents in the past year. For travel management pros, the important thing is knowing the risks before travel occurs. Some companies…

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Direct Airline Booking Isn’t Legit For Lufthansa’s Clients That Manage Travel

Lufthansa Group on Tuesday said corporate clients could avoid its 16 euro surcharge for GDS bookings after September by using its websites. That’s not a genuine alternative. Without workarounds, direct airline booking requires users to jettison price comparisons and complex bookings. Companies would forego data reporting for policy and spend management, duty of care and CO2 tracking. For many, it means they’re…