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The 570: Corporate Travel Professionals Sidelined By Covid-19 Endure Marathon-Length Journeys To Restart Careers

The business travel world turned upside down in 2020. Careers came to abrupt pauses, leaving professionals wondering when and how they’d again be employed. The Company Dime offered free one-year subscriptions to travel professionals who lost their positions due to the coronavirus and about 570 of you took us up on the offer. To help…

Scott Gillespie Creates Patent-Pending Trip Justification Tool For New Era Of Business Travel Demand Management

Should you Zoom or should you go?  Veteran travel industry advisor Scott Gillespie developed a simple tool to help decide. There are others, and he expects more. There’s pent-up demand for in-person connections, but Covid brought new obstacles to whether and how they’re made. The reduction in office use, widespread adoption of virtual conferencing technology…

Rising Diversity And Inclusion Awareness Highlights How Much More There Is To Do

With growing awareness this year about the work needed for greater diversity and inclusion, and the benefits of taking it on, the travel community has responded. Groups like the Black Men’s Travel Network and the TAMS Breakthrough Diversity committee sprung to life following the social justice movements that swept across America this year in response…

How To Leave The Industry If You Have To And What To Expect If You Don’t (Audio)

The near future of employment in business travel looks grim. The frontline lodging, dining or transportation worker, the corporate travel agent nearing retirement, the hotel salesperson 10 years into a dream job — they’re furloughed; they’re unemployed; they’re in limbo. For many, there’s no longer a good argument for holding out hope. They should grieve,…

Mike McCormick’s Campaign For Recovery Starts This Week

Industry veterans Mike McCormick and Ed Silver plan Tuesday to launch an advocacy group to help facilitate business travel’s return. “When I look at all the collective industry recovery efforts to date, I see so much well-intentioned activity,” McCormick said in a video posted online. “Unfortunately, I think we would all agree that we are…

TAMS Seeks Non-Profit Status At Turbulent Time For Industry Associations

It should have been a year in which corporate travel’s non-profits rose to the occasion to help a wrecked profession. Instead, ACTE is dead, and GBTA is on its knees. Potentially filling the gap is a group that started in March as an organic and grassroots “task force” — “like Woodstock,” as one participant put…

Travel Snafus Are Piling Up, As Are Resources To Help Avoid Them

Job No. 1 for today’s managed travel program is understanding fluid government and supplier policies, and preparing travelers for what they’ll face on the road. Safety aside, crossing state or country borders is challenging, if not impossible, depending on the latest entry and exit rules. No one wants a traveling employee to run into unexpected,…

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