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Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Case For A Bold New Travel Policy

Scott Gillespie of tClara warned that his advice here would make “old-school” procurement folks gnash their teeth. “So be it,” he said. The sustainability issue is rising quickly up the executive agenda. The problem is what to do about it from a business travel perspective. I see a boldly simple but controversial solution with broader…

Dropbox’s Remote Work Plan Pressures Travel Department

Cloud tech company Dropbox has never recorded an annual profit, but margins are up since 2019 thanks to remote work, layoffs and savings on travel and events. The company is betting everything on remote work. It didn’t just reorient its products to better serve customers working virtually. Execs also expect “significant” financial improvements by subleasing…

Companies Move To Science-Based Targets For Mitigating Corporate Travel’s Environmental Impact

Companies everywhere sound serious when they say they intend to make operations more sustainable. A surge in those publicizing targets and signing climate protection commitments includes several big names that assigned “science-based” goals to business travel emissions reductions.  EY, one of the world’s largest business travel spenders, aims to be carbon negative this year by…

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On Why It Should Be Us Leading The Return To Business Travel

In his own way, Serko’s Tony D’Astolfo issues a call to action to get the industry out of the gutter. The last time I stepped foot in a bowling alley was on March 12. It was pre-lockdown, pre-travel restrictions. My bowling league will start again in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be back in…

Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Surprisingly Strong Case For Meeting In Person

Industry provocateur Scott Gillespie of tClara poses the question, “Why travel for business?” To help answer that, tClara between Aug. 17 and Oct. 12 surveyed 272 U.S.-based managers and executives via two market research panels about the merits of virtual versus in-person meetings. Covid-19 has forced the widespread adoption of virtual meetings and decimated the…

Reporter’s Notebook: Reviewing Job Performance During Covid, Coordinating Travel Mgmt. And Security, Reconsidering Corp. Airline Deals, Pursuing Testing Standards

This autumn isn’t panning out the way many of us expected. Business travel hasn’t bounced back, and in-person industry education is non-existent. Fortunately, virtual forums are standing in. The batch of insights below came from online events conducted by Deem (Sept. 24), the Institute of Travel Management (Sept. 29), and Atlas Travel, Cornell University and…

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