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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…

Reporter’s Notebook: Universities Turn To Policy Mandates

The pandemic was a wake-up call not only for corporations with loose or non-existent travel policies but also for collegiate travel, an area notorious for lagging program compliance. Some universities enacted travel policy mandates or found strong rationale to maintain them, and adjusted program rules to match their vaccine requirements. Like in the corporate world,…

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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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Beware Free Wi-Fi: Government Urges Workers To Avoid Public Networks

By David Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent, and Julian Barnes, a national security reporter. The Biden administration would like you to get a vaccine and wear a mask. Oh, and one more thing: It has just proclaimed that it’s time for government employees and contractors to get off public Wi-Fi, where they…

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The Costly Pursuit Of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On.

Originally published on May 24, this article by The New York Times technology correspondent Cade Metz is shared here with permission as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below. It was seven years ago when Waymo discovered that spring blossoms made its self-driving cars get twitchy on the brakes. So did soap…

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Global Immigration Law Firm Creates Tech Company For Visa Processing, Tax Compliance

Immigration law firm Fragomen Worldwide partially spun out a tech company whose visa processing and tax compliance services are now available to the corporate travel market. The company, Nomadic, arrives at an interesting time after some incubation and Covid hibernation. Cross-border business travel is exceedingly complicated, and not just because of testing, insurance, vaccine or…

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Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flashpoint

Max Fisher is a New York-based international reporter and columnist who has reported from five continents on conflict, diplomacy, social change and other topics. Matina Stevis-Gridneff contributed reporting from Brussels to his March 2 article, republished here with permission from The New York Times, as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below….