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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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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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CWT Chief Executive Ekert Expects More ‘Big Brother’ Travel Management (Audio)

Liability risks will force some companies to use strict pre-trip approval and booking channel policies for the foreseeable future, according to CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert. “This is not leisure travel, where the consumer is making a decision for their individual pleasure,” said Ekert last week during a Teleconference. “If you’re asking somebody to…

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Aiming To Check More Boxes, Players Remake Risk Management Landscape

Employee safety is paramount for organizations. Because travel is a big part, providers involved in risk, security and mass communications in recent years added travel services to their portfolios. On the flip side, for organizations that focused people risk management mostly on their traveling people, 2020 showed there’s much more to it. To serve evolving…

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On Plugging Leakage, Nothing New Except The Urgency

There is now plenty of justification for senior managers to authorize, and business travelers to follow, tighter booking-channel policies. For companies unable to mandate that all bookings go through designated channels, the case for data capture solutions like CapTrav, Traxo or TripLink is stronger than ever. It’s not just about where travelers are or where…

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John Rose Vs. Covid-19

Altour chief risk officer John Rose has spoken on 36 webinars since the novel coronavirus outbreak. A former U.S. Marine, Rose’s mission is to eliminate complacency, ignorance and misinformation. After the military and before joining the travel agency in 2018, Rose was a program director for the U.S. Department of Defense in Italy, president of…

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Coronavirus Exposes Weaknesses In Business Traveler Tracking

It’s unfortunate when an event requires an emergency review of tracking systems so employers can help business travelers out of harm’s way. Worse yet is when they can’t trust those systems. With the glut of cancelations this month, false reports showed travelers at originally intended destinations when they never made the trip. This isn’t good…