‘It’s All Just Wild’: Tech Startups Reach A New Peak Of Froth

Much of the impact that venture-backed business travel startups will have on travel management remains to be seen, but they’ve certainly made a mark on financing, industry dialogue and the battle for small and medium-sized accounts. For tech startups generally, reporting by Erin Griffith finds, there’s no slowdown in sight. How crazy is the money…

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Delta Remains More Confident Than Some In Business Travel Recovery

Delta is always first among publicly traded airlines to report quarterly earnings. Its boss, Ed Bastian, typically talks more about the corporate travel market than peers at other airlines. Thursday offered no exception, as he told Wall Street analysts to expect a strong spring and summer. “While the new variant is not done, it appears…

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Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Folly Of Blanket Bans On Internal Corporate Travel

Industry thinker Scott Gillespie of tClara is focused on determining which trips are and aren’t worthwhile. He advocates using a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer to cut away unjustified travel, and avoiding the trap of greenlighting trips only when employees go see customers. Nobody knows what travel budgets should be in 2021, but we do…

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Designing The Hybrid Office

Anne-Laure Fayard is an associate professor of innovation, design and organization studies at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. John Weeks is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the International Institute for Management Development. Mahwesh Khan is a former corporate governance officer at the International Finance Corporation and currently a research associate…

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Plumbers And Priests? Farmers And Hunters? Profession Ponders ‘Essential’ Business Travel

What’s “essential” business travel? The corporate travel profession has always struggled with this and the answers have changed over time. Some organizations traditionally defined it as customer-facing trips. Others saw it more narrowly as revenue-generating. Or, more practically, it could have meant travel required to do the job. Think product installation and repair, and other…

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Want Employees To Travel Less? Give Them Options

The easiest way to save on business travel costs or reduce emissions is to stay put, but that doesn’t have to mean killing collaboration. Once primarily seen as a travel replacement tool, remote conferencing now is “truly pervasive,” according to Frost & Sullivan. The technology serves a “broad range of internal communications as well as…