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Movement For Quarantine-Free U.K.-U.S. Travel Faces Tests

Business travel is an important economic enabler and New York-London is a critical business travel route. If authorities on both sides can confirm negative Covid tests by incoming travelers and limit their stays, why not exempt them from quarantine rules? Organizers of a pilot program intend to find out starting this month. A Switzerland-based nonprofit…

Ditching Change Fees Has Big Implications For Corporate Travel Management

The elimination of change fees by Alaska, American, Delta and United is good news for business travelers and corporate travel programs. It also generates new considerations for travel policies and program management that differ based on the details. Starting Sunday with United, the four airlines removed change fees for all domestic and some shorter international…

Reporter’s Notebook: Communication Breakdowns, Policy Leakage, Virtual Pay, Government (In)action

With no one conducting in-person corporate events, the industry calendar is filled with webinars and other virtual programming. No one can listen to it all. Nor should they want to; many are beset by technical difficulties or stray too far into supplier marketing. But plenty deliver education for travel management pros and enable networking, benchmarking…

Altour Designs Health And Safety Hotline For SMEs

Altour launched a health and safety hotline for companies without in-house or third-party travel risk management expertise. The 24/7 service is available to Altour client travelers and travel managers via phone, email or SMS for a flat, annual fee the company described as “nominal.” Altour partnered with risk management firm Exlog Global to build the…

Companies May Not Be Liable For Business Travel-Related Covid Cases, But Who Wants To Get Sued To Find Out?

Trade groups want travel companies to get immunity from Covid-related liability. Senate Republicans are pushing for liability limits for businesses, healthcare entities and academic institutions. State and local legislation, either to protect businesses from litigation or employees from losing wages or jobs, has been popping up.  Meanwhile, some organizations are asking travelers to sign liability…

The Future Of Travel Management Companies: Part Three, Emerging Leaner

Travel management companies are trying to make the most of a time when bookings remain feeble. In addition to staff right-sizing, relocating and retraining, some are trying new technology. A more efficient operation could improve margins. For some, that means accelerating artificial intelligence, which may shift client service propositions and performance measurement. An area of…

Hotel Cleanliness: Making Sense Of Certifications And Brand Initiatives

Buyers may or may not issue formal RFPs for next year’s hotel rates, but most will look for assurances that properties are safe. There’s an array of new, branded hygiene programs announced by chains, certifications from various entities and recommendations from health authorities and industry associations. There’s a lot of commonality between these programs but…

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