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A Beer Vacation Is On Tap in Chicago

Lagunitas Brewing Company, which will open a facility in Chicago in May, is partnering with the JW Marriott in the city for a "Beercation" travel package.

ASTA Looks to Help Agencies Grow Business Travel – International Meetings Review


ASTA Looks to Help Agencies Grow Business Travel
International Meetings Review
business traveler The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) reports it is bringing together small- and medium-sized travel agencies that want to either enter the managed business travel market, or expand their current presence at its first Business ...

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ASTA Looks to Help Agencies Grow Business Travel – International Meetings Review


ASTA Looks to Help Agencies Grow Business Travel
International Meetings Review
business traveler The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) reports it is bringing together small- and medium-sized travel agencies that want to either enter the managed business travel market, or expand their current presence at its first Business ...

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China to Get New Business Travel Conference in 2015 – International Meetings Review


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China to Get New Business Travel Conference in 2015
International Meetings Review
As of next year, Chinese corporate travel professionals will get their own conference dedicated to building the body of industry knowledge and cultivating best practices relating to China's business travel policies and decision-making process. Branded ...
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APD cuts promised in Scottish independence debate – Buying Business Travel


APD cuts promised in Scottish independence debate
Buying Business Travel
The SPAA has campaigned against APD since its inception, claiming it was discriminatory against Scottish business and consumers who have to pay the levy twice if travelling overseas via an English airport. The major issues debated at the Glasgow forum ...

APD cuts promised in Scottish independence debate

The Scottish travel industry received a boost this week in the run up to the independence referendum on September 18 with promises by both sides to cut air passenger duty.

At a debate organised by Scotland’s travel trade body, the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), politicians and campaigners from both the “yes” and “no” campaigns pledged to slash APD if they win the autumn vote.

Annabelle Ewing, the SNP MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, said if her party were elected to govern an independent Scotland it would cut the tax by 50% in the first year and eventually abolish APD if “finances allowed”.

While Ian McGill, the leader of the Better Together campaign in Edinburgh, said he would campaign for APD to be controlled by a devolved Scottish government.

Less committed was Scottish Labour MSP and Better Together campaigner James Kelly, who said he would keep “an open mind” about who should control the stealth tax.

The SPAA has campaigned against APD since its inception, claiming it was discriminatory against Scottish business and consumers who have to pay the levy twice if travelling overseas via an English airport.

The major issues debated at the Glasgow forum were EU membership and currency.

The Better Together campaign said Scotland would not automatically be welcomed into a sterling currency union with the rest of the UK and accused opponents of not having a contingency plan.

But Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said there was no contingency plan because it was “inconceivable” for Scotland and the rest of the UK not to share the pound.

On Europe, the Yes Scotland camp insisted it would be treated as a successor state as it was already part of the European Union.

Opponents to independence have claimed that Scotland would be left on the sidelines until the 28 members states voted to allow it to join.  

Tech talk: Bring your own device – Buying Business Travel


Tech talk: Bring your own device
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BYOD (bring your own device) is a growing trend for workers on the move – but what are the implications for their travel managers? Martin Ferguson reports. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL for business travellers to traipse around the globe carrying a trio of mobile ...

Social Seating Can Lead to Business Opportunities on Dutch Airline

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The Boeing could be the new board room.

Business travelers have found a new way to make valuable connections thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airline's social seating service Meet & Seat, which was launched in 2012 to introduce passengers with similar interests via social media. Over the past two years the company has found that approximately half of those customers are using it for professional networking, according to a KLM spokesperson.

Travelers can opt to pick who they sit next to based on details from their Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+ profiles after they purchase a ticket. You might choose a seat mate simply because of a shared interest, but a similar job title could put you near a potential business contact. If you get cold feed (or just want to snag that row of empty seats) you can change your mind up to an hour before your flight. Read more...

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Tech talk: Bring your own device

BYOD (bring your own device) is a growing trend for workers on the move – but what are the implications for their travel managers? Martin Ferguson reports

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL for business travellers to traipse around the globe carrying a trio of mobile devices. I spent the best part of four years hauling two smartphones, a tablet and a laptop in my hand luggage. Regularly, I found myself in hotel rooms and airport lounges checking my work email on a Blackberry, using travel and social media apps on an iPhone, while my iPad and MacBook were reserved solely for writing or talking on Skype. It was extraordinarily unproductive to constantly switch between platforms (and carry four different chargers), and I was also far more likely to lose or damage the equipment.

Like many contemporary travellers, I wanted to access itinerary management apps, review sites and use mobile check-in technology as well as email and company servers. At the time my employer didn’t allow any of the above. Everyone was issued with a company Blackberry, and access to consumer apps and personal email was heavily restricted. Eventually, the policy was overhauled. Blackberrys were still available, but staff could also connect to the company network using their own devices.

TAPPING TRAVELLERS
Very few travel buyers are responsible for sourcing mobile technology and devising policy, but given its increasing importance to the travel programme – and the fact mobile technology is used more intensely by business travellers – their opinions are increasingly sought by IT, facilities and human resources departments.

There are major benefits to a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy. Chief financial officers are enthused by cost savings, as it reduces or eradicates the need to have a telecoms provider, and lessens overheads associated with employees’ personal usage. Research suggests employees are also likely to be more productive using a device they have chosen.

And in any case, as Sabre’s customer innovations manager Joakim Everstin says: “Travel apps will find their way to the traveller regardless of whether the company you work for supports them or not.”

Speaking at the Business Travel Show, Everstin told travel buyer delegates it is now necessary to have a clearly-defined mobile policy that allows the use of relevant apps – not only to control costs and stay within policy, but also to help make every traveller’s experience less painful.

SENSITIVE INFORMATION
Security is the major obstacle to introducing a BYOD policy. Corporate assets and commercially sensitive information are at obvious risk unless an organisation has control of its staff’s mobile devices.

While it’s unlikely a business traveller would argue with that fact, few want their IT administrator to have access to personal information. In a business world where staff turnover is relatively high, this issue is becoming more pertinent.

Andy Slough, IT director for Chambers Travel, says the consumerisation of business travel habits means travellers are demanding richer services that some corporates can’t yet support because of security concerns. He says around two thirds of Chambers’ clients retain a tightly managed policy around mobile.

“Travellers will access services they want any way they can, but companies who have not yet relaxed policy still think the risk of exposure is too great,” says Slough. “It’s important to make staff as happy and productive as possible. It’s good for business. And for new generations of workers, using their own mobile technology is second nature. But what happens if someone’s personal device, which is connected to company email and servers, is lost? It can wreak havoc. If it’s locked down, it can be remotely wiped.”

Slough says ultimately IT directors must consider the balance between technologies’ vulnerability to attack with employee productivity gains.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Greg Wilczek, travel director for professional services firm Marsh and McLennan Companies, insists it’s impossible nowadays to prevent people bringing their own phones to work. “Corporations are having to move towards BYOD. Our staff currently use Blackberrys, but the IT Group is looking to the future.”

Ike Ihenacho is global travel, expense and meetings manager for confectionary firm Mondelez. He says his company takes a common-sense approach. “Our policy depends on your location. We’re not issued Blackberrys, as such. In the UK, for example, staff can buy their own device and can charge some of the cost to the company. It’s about common sense. You download what you need to do your job. If someone finds an app they need and it is restricted, they talk to the business.”

Global marketing and consulting firm Sapient is ahead of the curve. Global travel and client experience director Michelle De Costa says the company culture lends itself to a strictly BYOD policy. “The guys buy their own devices and hook up to intranet, email and whatever else they need,” she says. “Sapient’s background is rooted in IT, so we have the best and brightest people. Our global security and IT is amazing. The average age of our travellers is 32. Many of them don’t even want to travel with a laptop anymore. They want to grab their tablet and move. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make it safe, but connecting via a VPN [virtual private network] connection is simple.”

De Costa says high levels of technology adoption – including online booking tools – are down to Sapient’s young workforce. “It’s very self- service. We have a low number of admin staff, so most travellers book themselves.”

The demands of business travellers, and all corporate employees, will continue to grow as mobile technology becomes cheaper, faster and more sophisticated. But there is a genuine desire in the business community to overcome security concerns for the good of staff morale and profitability.

Shakespeare and Shatner Go Head-to-Head in Lego Film

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Beam me up, Shakespeare! This Lego stop-motion adventure pits the famous playwright against an actor who isn't quite up to Shakespearean standards — William Shatner

Action Bill follows the Star Trek star as he travels back in time to destroy Shakespeare for ruining his career. But Shatner finds that his futuristic technology can't hold a death ray to Shakespeare's smarts

Texas-based production company AMAA Productions is the team behind Action Bill. It took them 14 days to shoot the five-minute film, which they animated using only Lego pieces. Check out behind-the-scenes photos on the company's blog, as well as a visual effects breakdown in the clip below. Read more...

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Business Travel Consultant – Excellent Earning Potential! – TTG Digital


Business Travel Consultant – Excellent Earning Potential!
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Are you a target-driven Business Travel Consultant, looking to earn ££££s while dealing with prestigious and high-yield accounts? Do you pride yourself on your proven sales track record and exceptional customer service skills? Based in central London ...

Airbus A350 XWB: The lowdown

With Qatar Airways set to launch the new Airbus A350 aircraft later this year, Business Traveller takes a look at what passengers can expect

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ASTA helps small and medium agencies grow corporate travel – eTurboNews


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ASTA helps small and medium agencies grow corporate travel
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is bringing together small- and medium-sized travel agencies that want to either enter the managed business travel market, or expand their current presence at its first Business Travel ...

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An Egg-cellent Business Travel Role! – TTG Digital


An Egg-cellent Business Travel Role!
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Are you looking for an egg-cellent new role for Easter? If you're a Business Travel egg-spert with egg-ceptional customer service skills andthe ability to egg-ceed egg-spectations then break out of your shell, crack open your CV and beat the scramble ...

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