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5 Major Trends Shaping the Corporate Travel Industry

Tuesday 14 June 2016
By Industry News |

 

The world is constantly changing, and we right along with it.

New emerging technologies and constantly evolving corporate landscapes subject the travel industry to constant change. As professionals, business owners, managers and passengers, we are always trying to actively observe these changes and trends, so that we may adapt and innovate our way into the future.

Here is a list of five current corporate travel industry trends that will help you stay ahead of the curve in 2016.
 



1. Rise of “Bleisure” Travel

Bleisure Travel

The line between travelling for business and leisure continues to blur in 2016. The rise of ‘bleisure’ travel, where typical leisure holiday activities are fused into business trips, is at an all-time high. Now, business travellers are using the opportunity to explore the local area, experience the culture and even invite family along to join them. For businesses, it’s a cost-effective way of reducing stress and increasing engagement in travelling employees. According to a global survey of business travellers, 83% find time to get out and explore while on business trips, and 78% see adding personal days on the end as beneficial to the business, such as reducing stress and increasing employee satisfaction.
 



2. Focus on Risk Management and Duty of Care

With a greater global awareness and demand for safe travel, risk management is now a big emphasis for companies with employees travelling abroad. Corporate customers are incorporating new policies and technologies to help monitor employees’ location in case of an emergency, especially when they travel abroad. One such technology is a tool called OneClick, which identifies where travellers are around the world and allows the company to send text messages directly to travellers regarding travel alerts and alternative travel arrangements if needed.

 



3. Continued Growth of The Asian Corporate Travel Industry

The corporate travel market has been predicted to grow in China and India in 2016. The top 1000 corporates in both of these Asian countries have drastically increased their travel spending and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) forecasts China to surpass the US in business travel spending in 2016. As corporate travel grows for organisations located all over the world, business travellers may also need to be acute to cultural differences.

 



4. Technology Continues to Shape the Industry

Technology continues to grow at an extraordinary pace, and its impact is being felt in the corporate travel industry at every level. Some examples of new emerging technologies include:

  • Smartphones, tablets and apps – More searches are performed on tablets and Smartphones than computers, so expect to see any travel related service (e.g. hotels, restaurants, car hire, etc.) invest heavily in app technology.
  • Online booking tools – Companies are going to contain the corporate travel booking, expense and reporting system in a controlled online environment, while providing employees with an easy-to-use platform and the freedom to make personal travel choices.
  • Wearable technology – Smart watches and RFID tags (Radio Frequency ID) are just two ways corporate travellers can stay connected, track performance and monitor the whereabouts of belongings while on the road.
  • Digital wallets – We’ve just started to see the first glimpses of companies launching technology that allows credit card payments to be made with Smartphones (e.g. American Express and Apple Pay). Again, travel related services are likely to adopt this technology sooner rather than later.
     


5. The Sharing Economy

New share economies such as Uber and Airbnb have caused considerable angst and frustration for those who prefer to do business in more traditional ways. As the new kids on the block, they’ve introduced services that are often cheaper, more efficient and more convenient than there by the book counterparts. Forward thinking companies will likely explore the new sharing economy market as another way to reduce costs and increase productivity.


 

Most Luxurious Hotels in New York

Thursday 9 June 2016
By Industry News |

We’ve written about strange and unusual hotels, now it's time to get our fancy pants on. Luxurious hotels offer their own array of extraordinary experiences. And no place does it better then the Big Apple!

New York is home to some of the most fascinating and gorgeous hotels on the planet. If you ever find yourself in the big city, and looking for a true 5 star experience, here are five of our favourites:

 

 

THE PLAZA


(photo via http://www.theplazany.com/)

 

It could be said that the century-old Plaza defines Luxury. The Plaza, which received a mere $400 million renovation in 2008, is among the most expensive and ritzy hotels in the city. Among the highlights: a Rolls Royce to take you around town, a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, and your own hallway butler on 24-hour call. Now that’s living!

 

THE MARK


(Photo via http://www.themarkhotel.com/)

 

The Mark was originally built in 1927 and re-opened in 2009 as one of the top contemporary luxury hotels in New York. The hotel boasts stunning interior by France's premier designer. Rooms are colourful and bold and there's a restaurant and bar from one of New York's most famous chefs. Comfortable, high-tech rooms and personalized service make it a great option for anyone who can afford it.

 


GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL


(Photo via http://www.gramercyparkhotel.com/)

 

Gramercy Park Hotel isn’t only one of the most stunning hotels, it’s one of the most stunning places a human can visit. With seamless service, plush, old-world rooms, bathroom toiletries hand-picked by the editors of "Allure" magazine, and Warhol's littering the top floor. It's no wonder the Gramercy Park Hotel currently sets the bar for New York cool, especially in the velvet-heavy Rose Bar.

 

THE SURREY


(Photo via http://www.thesurrey.com/)

 

This 190-room hotel on the Upper East Side is ready to pull guests away from the nearby Carlyle with room service by Cafe Boulud, a guest-only rooftop garden with butler service, and some of the most comfortable hotel beds in New York. After a $60 million renovation, the Surrey is an ultra modern haven for anyone with good taste.

 

THE JAMES NEW YORK


(Photo via http://www.jameshotels.com/new-york)

 

This 114-room SoHo boutique, with a stunning rooftop bar and pool, great freebies (including free Wi-Fi and free nightly wine and cheese), forthcoming restaurant by David Burke, and a hotel art curator, embodies the hip, creative neighborhood it inhabits. Its bright, minimalist rooms are smaller than those at some of its luxury competitors, but they're full of enough thoughtful details to make up for it.

8 Tips for Healthy Travel

Tuesday 7 June 2016
By Industry News |

Nothing is worse than being bedridden on your holiday.

You look outside and the sun is shining on a beautiful city or town that you’ve probably never seen before. The streets are filled with new sights, sounds, people and adventure, and here you are, in a bed, feeling like a bag of potatoes.

 

No, thankyou.

Although getting sick is sometimes a part of life, there are certainly ways that one can help avoid this situation. Holidays can be a difficult time to stay healthy. You're outside the comforts of routine and habit, you don’t know where to go to get healthy food and staying physically fit can be challenging, depending on where you are.

To assist you, here are 10 of the best tips to help you stay on top of your health, no matter where you are in the world.

 

Before you leave, store up some fitness.

A few days before you go, try to get in some good workouts. Also, consider tightening up your diet, as well as eliminating cheat meals. Working hard on your health before you go will give you some wiggle room for times when it might be more difficult to maintain a healthy existence. It’s also a great way to strengthen your immune system before a long flight!

 

Do some research before you get there.

Get on the computer before your vacation and learn a little about the area you’re traveling to. Find out if your hotel has a gym. What outdoor activities are offered? What local gyms or exercise classes are in the area? And prepare the same way in terms of nutrition. Scout out healthy eateries in the vicinity, before you reach your destination.

 

Don’t leave it to chance.

Instead of having to resort to fast food or something from the hotel vending machine, prepare your snack food pre-vacation. Making your own sandwiches in a different country can be a new and exciting experience, as well as a healthy one! Nuts and fruit are great healthy snacks that can easily come with you wherever you go.

 

Pack your own gym.

Even if your hotel has a gym, it could be crowded, closed during certain hours, and possibly not have the equipment your workout calls for. That’s why it pays to bring your own “gym”. Some easy to travel with equipment like training bands can be useful. However, the best way to keep fit anywhere is to learn some great bodyweight exercises. Push ups and squats can go a long in keeping your central nervous system active and healthy and can be done anywhere anytime!

 


Get outside and enjoy yourself.

Instead of just lying on the beach all day soaking up rays or heading to the bar with your travelling companions (although, this is all certainly warranted), it’s also good to try tand be active on your holiday. Not only will you have a blast doing something out of the ordinary, you’ll be getting in some exercise, as well!

 

Drink water and stay hydrated

One of the easiest things to forget about when traveling is hydration. Carrying a water bottle and drinking lots of water ensures that you will stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. Also try to drink at least a cup of water for every hour that you’re flying, as well as increasing water intake on the days before and after flying.

 

Respect your body

Travelling is physically and mentally exhausting and it’s important to take care of your body. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, and make sure to include in your itinerary a good balance of active and relaxing activities, to ensure your body is well rested throughout your holiday.

 

Travel Vaccinations

You may want to arrange vaccinations or medications to protect against diseases such as hepatitis, typhoid or malaria. In fact, some countries legally require travellers to have certain vaccinations, such as yellow fever. As you will need to have some vaccinations weeks or months before travel, it is best to see your doctor six to eight weeks before you go. However, if you have to travel at short notice, you can still have some vaccines.

 


Your doctor will be able to advise which vaccines are suitable for you depending on:

• Your medical history and age
• Your destination and likely accommodation
• The season in which you are travelling
• The length of stay
• The type of travel, for example, bus tour or backpacking.