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SAP-backed Concur acquires Hipmunk, in exit for the metasearch UX pioneer - Tnooz

SAP-backed Concur acquires Hipmunk, in exit for the metasearch UX pioneer - Tnooz | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Concur, the travel-and-expense software company, has acquired Hipmunk, the travel metasearch company.
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The focus on using technology to improve business travel planning continues.

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Coolest hotel bars for business travelers

Coolest hotel bars for business travelers | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
CNNMoney asked two concierge services for high-flying business people what hotel bars they'd recommend in 5 major U.S. cities. Here are their favorite spots.
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When traveling on business it is always nice if you can include some fun as well as work to your routine.

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Men Spend More on Business Travel

Men Spend More on Business Travel | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
They don't plan as far in advance.
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You might find this interesting. Many studies are being done on the differences between men and women business travelers.

https://hbr.org/video/4911700687001/men-spend-more-on-business-travel

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Question Time: SMEs | Buying Business Travel

Question Time: SMEs | Buying Business Travel | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Smaller companies are not often blessed with large internal travel teams. The SME market, therefore, relies heavily on travel management companies (TMCs) for support and guidance. Martin Ferguson speaks to travel managers who spend less than £2 million annually on travel – and puts their questions to the TMCs

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"From a distance, or without the right insight, TMC technology and processes could be regarded as similar across the supplier marketplace. But on closer inspection one will find that TMCs employ different types of people, possess differing corporate and cultural values, and have diverse standards in terms of quality of service. In any case, the customer has to choose a TMC that fits with their own organisational culture, while at the same time being very clear on their objectives, so work can be carried out effectively." This may be something to consider for personal service that is a fit.

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Hyperloop to high-speed rail: Who will build the future of mobility?

Hyperloop to high-speed rail: Who will build the future of mobility? | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Two very different versions of the future of transportation — each with its own labor shortages looming — create quite a conundrum.

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High speed rail is exciting. Look for this option in the near future.

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Airline satisfaction grows as travelers accept extra fees as their fate

Airline satisfaction grows as travelers accept extra fees as their fate | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
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Delta gets high marks for customer satisfaction. The government is trying to discourage baggage fees. Things are changing all the time.

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Interview: Why Travel Managers Need to Care About What Travelers Want

Interview: Why Travel Managers Need to Care About What Travelers Want | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Corporate travel policy exists to guide business travelers to make preferred travel decisions that limit their employer's expenses and ensure safety when o
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Companies have goals to save money and time, however, the traveler is a valuable asset to the company. Making the travel experience less painful is something to consider.

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Women Book Business Travel Earlier, Saving Companies Millions

Women Book Business Travel Earlier, Saving Companies Millions | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
And the older you are, the earlier you book.
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Booking in advance will save you money. Too far in advance will also be risky. Talking to travel agents with knowledge of best practices will help with these decisions.

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Airline complaints rise even as more planes arrive on time

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Business travel is not as glamorous as some people may believe. At least there is a way to take some of the pain out of planning. Let a professional do it for you.

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Is TSA precheck still worth the money?

Is TSA precheck still worth the money? | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
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TSA precheck like most programs keeps changing. If you are a frequent business traveler you need to check this article.

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TSA precheck like most programs keeps changing. If you are a frequent business traveler you need to check this article.

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American Airlines Pilots Say Labor Relations Are Now 'Toxic'

American Airlines Pilots Say Labor Relations Are Now 'Toxic' | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
American Airlines Group Inc.’s pilots union, an early backer of the carrier’s merger with US Airways, blasted the return of “toxic” labor relations, a subs
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Sad thing is every US Air merger was going toe be painlesss and "sim

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Zika

Zika | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Comprehensive CIDRAP-compiled list of current resources, guidance, and literature on Zika virus infection, its potential link to birth defects, and public health ramifications.

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Zika virus infection is something that we all should be aware of. Please check your resources for updates.

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CES New essential business travel tech: Speakers, power cells and backup

CES New essential business travel tech: Speakers, power cells and backup | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

As we look forward to trudging 30-40 miles around CES (we walked 37.5 miles at CES 2012 according to the Fitbit I was carrying), we've been turning out the bag of travelling technology to see what we can leave behind and what we need to add from recent products we've examined.
What you need on the road these days has changed: storage is out, connectivity and power is in. We haven't travelled with a portable DVD drive in a few years because there's so little software we need to install that way, and we've replaced most UK-to-US travel adapters with US power leads, for example. And the Fitbit I was using last year has been replaced by the smaller Fitbit One .


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CES is a good show to see what the predicted trends will be. What do you think?

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Travel Agency Network - Travel Advisors & Experts | Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders' travel agency network provides personalized vacation packages, travel deals and travel services for business travel or leisure travel through our knowledgeable and professional travel agents.

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GTI Travel is a privately owned and operated Travel Agency focused on Business Travel. GTI Travel is one of the many members of Travel Leaders. Economies of scale and access to industry information are just a couple benefits you will enjoy when you work with us.

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How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel & Tourism 

How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel & Tourism  | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Once again, we welcome medical IT entrepreneur, Agha Ahmed, Managing Partner of GHIMBA, as we explore how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA.

 

How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from?

 

IT helps deliver safe medical care and a pleasant trip to facilities overseas. For more than 20 years, IT innovations have improved patient care worldwide. Now, these innovations are helping medical travelers, too.

 

How so?

 

In telemedicine and m-health, telecommunications, mobile devices and information technologies provide clinical health care at a distance. (M-health is the practice of using mobile technology in healthcare.) There are three important devices and software capabilities that help deliver the promise of medical travel:

 

  • First, there are electronic media records. With an EMR system, it’s easy to gather patient clinical notes, diagnostic scans, medical administrator records, and discharge summaries in digital form. By automating and streamlining clinical workflow, IT cuts the time and effort needed to maintain information and create the data trail needed for medical audits and QA procedures.

 

  • Then, there are smartphones. Our familiar hand-held computers are becoming an important enabler in the cloud-based healthcare infrastructure. An EMR system deployed in the cloud can make a smartphone a virtual healthcare wallet. Patients can access their medical records from a smartphone and share the information with overseas healthcare providers.

 

  • Finally, data mining and analytics. Data mining and analytics technologies combine, prepare and search massive data stores gathered from many sources. Combined with analytics software, a cloud-based EMR system provides easy access to the knowledge and insight that overseas doctors can use to identify medical problems. And, patients can learn about cost-effective treatment for specific diseases and conditions without leaving home.

 

These innovations work with participants in the medical travel industry to deliver value to patients and business opportunities to entrepreneurs.

 

What’s the most important thing that IT provides patients and entrepreneurs?

 

Powerful data sharing and analysis, anywhere in the world. Cloud computing and modern IT devices make it easy to transfer, analyze and share massive amounts of medical data, quickly and safely. IT contributes medical services that patients and overseas healthcare providers can be confident in. There are three notable capabilities.

 

  • IT makes comprehensive medical information accessible. All patient-related data is stored in a single, authoritative source in a cloud computing center. Centralized data management makes it easier for qualified medical travel solution providers to identify gaps in information and synchronize the data and people involved at each step in patient care.

 

  • IT helps patients get the best care available. By hosting medical records, cloud computing centers become part of an ecosystem, which includes globally accredited hospitals and clinics. Healthcare providers anywhere in the world get easy access to medical information before patients arrive. Or, patients can use their smartphones to download information when they arrive. When highly qualified practitioners analyze and share medical information, patients benefit.

 

  • IT provides patients with a smoother, more pleasant trip. Internet data searches and medical travel solution facilitators reduce the time, effort and worry of finding, traveling to and engaging medical facilities overseas.

 

Cloud computing and other IT innovations can help make offshore treatment a safe, cost-effective alternatives to U.S. healthcare. These innovations can be used with medical travel facilitators and solution providers to deliver world-class medical services.

 

Where can we find out more about IT and medical travel?

 

Telemedicine is a major topic in an upcoming conference, the Medical Travel and Global Healthcare Business Summit in Tampa, Florida. If you’re wondering about medical travel business opportunities, you’ll want to check out the conference, which will be held on June 14th through 17th. The summit is designed for healthcare and wellness providers, IT services business leaders, and hospital and clinic administrators.

 

The conference discusses business and technical aspects of medical travel, including how IT, telemedicine and m-health support travel logistics and patient care. The emphasis is on finding and making the most of the many business opportunities available to entrepreneurs and healthcare industry professionals.


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Safety and Health are priority issues when travelers have business travel needs on a regular basis. Technology innovations contribute to the likelihood of a better outcome. 

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Robots will take over most jobs in the world by 2045 - The Economic Times

Robots will take over most jobs in the world by 2045 - The Economic Times | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

As we reach the middle of the 21st century, half the population of the world will lose their job to a machine. Yes, this is another 'robots will take our jobs ' story.

The latest comes from Moshe Vardi, professor at Rice University , Houston, who delivered a talk to the American Association for the Advancement of Science , exploring the question: "If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?"

Future belongs to the machines
Vardi reckons that half of workers across the globe will be replaced by machines within the next 30 years, wiping out middle-class jobs and "exacerbating inequality". He noted that robots would take over in many spheres of life, including automated driving and sex robots. As the Guardian reports, he also observed that this future is likely to mean humans have much more leisure time — indeed we may only work a handful of hours per week....


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I have recently heard of robots helping with business travel. I still think that our travel consultants  know the people they are helping. The agents have unique personalities and intuitive ways that I do not think a robot will duplicate. Robots will have their roles but will not replace the human touch.

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So once on the disruption is done, we won't have to worry about disruption anymore, will we?

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AH&LA Takes On Fraudulent Hotel Sites and Airbnb

AH&LA Takes On Fraudulent Hotel Sites and Airbnb | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The consumer is unaware of how many booking brands are actually owned by larger OTAs, says the AH&LA. A full 75% of all third parties roll into Expedia, and 20% into Priceline.
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An interesting article. Impossible to gauge the accuracy of the statistics. The fraud amount of Online Travel amounts are staggering. There are an estimated 15 million fraudulent bookings a year,” Lugar said, “often with travelers showing up at a hotel only to find they have no reservations. It amounts to $1.3 billion in those kinds of bookings. Congress is considering further reviews.

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Egypytair latest crash has been confirmed

These items seem to happen with a little more frequency.. My fear is that could have terrorist groups have developed a better way ?

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These items seem to happen with a little more frequency.. My fear is that could have terrorist groups have developed a better way ?

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New Study Finds Travel Agents Save Consumers An Average Of $452 Per Trip

New Study Finds Travel Agents Save Consumers An Average Of $452 Per Trip | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
‘This study dispels the myth that booking direct with suppliers or spending hours online yourself gets you a better deal, or gives you a happier travel experience,’ said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby.
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Data to support the value of using a professional travel agency instead of trying to do it yourself. You may want to take a look at your approach.

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Skift's approach to building a new media company: It's as much about data as it is about news

Skift's approach to building a new media company: It's as much about data as it is about news | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

Despite the many miserable prognoses for the future of the media business, a few stubborn entrepreneurs still see fit to venture into content-driven companies. Among the crop of new players in media is Skift, a 10-month-old travel publication that merges content with data services while targeting a crossover audience of business readers and consumers.

 

Skift, which is already among the top three or four online travel industry trade publications in a space that has lagged behind the times, today announced that it has raised an additional $1.1 million in seed funding, adding Advancit Capital, Ironfire Angel, Mesa+ and others to an investment roster headed up by New York’s Lerer Ventures. (Disclosure: Lerer Ventures is also an investor in PandoDaily.) The round brings Skift’s total funding to $1.5 million.

 

Skift was brought into the world by Rafat Ali, who founded paidContent in 2002 as one of the first blog media companies. He later sold paidContent to Guardian Media, which subsequently sold the blog to GigaOm in 2012. After a couple years’ respite since selling paidContent, Ali saw an opportunity in travel, the world’s biggest industry, noticing that the publications that covered the industry had not been subjected to the same waves of disruption that, say, the tech and finance media had.

 

Social and mobile, for instance, were still largely foreign concepts among travel industry publications, which include TTG, Travel Weekly, and Business Traveller, all of which are freighted with legacy baggage from their print magazine backgrounds....


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Skift is an interesting company in the travel content and media business. You might want to know a bit about it.

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I really liked this inside look at a new digital media startup. it really focused the conversation about transitioning from traditional to digital media and the revenue challenges and editorial overhead that will be a factor in the eventual success or failure of these new media.

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Timeline Photos - Bloomberg Businessweek | Facebook

Timeline Photos - Bloomberg Businessweek | Facebook | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Airline fees are fueling carriers' profits: http://buswk.co/1lWjm2F

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The extra fees are increasing all the time. So are your business travel options. Using professional travel management puts you in touch with agents who are informed and can help.

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Travel Tips

Looking for best travel tips? Travel Clinic NYC provides travel tips for keeping your travel experience as healthy as possible

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Business Travel is different from personal travel 

Research has shown that, in many organisations, Travel expenditure is one of the top 3 items in controllable expense. This means that, particularly at times of business activity downturn, travel expenses can be one of the first areas to be cut back.

This Insight provides food for thought for management as to how Travel expenditure may be monitored and controlled throughout the business cycle. We at Gapeseed consulting believe that the aim should be to provide value, rather than just cut cost. As an example, rather than move from Business Class on air tickets to Economy as a first step, shrewd negotiation can reduce the Business Class fares, through discounts taken at point of sale. However, the ‘Best Fare on the Day’ (such as. the lowest fare made available by an airline for the day of travel) approach may be beneficial. If that isn’t felt to be sufficient, then the move to Economy may be inevitable, still using ‘Best Fare on the Day’. However, do define what is meant by Economy! If looking at the total cost of travel (100%), the cost of the Travel Management Company (TMC) is around 5%, the internal process costs (authorisation, booking, payment and so on) around 3% - that leaves 92%, the cost of the air tickets, the room charges and so on. This is the area of maximum opportunity to save cost, whilst obtaining value.

 

The experienced and well trained travel consultants provide cost effective and "value for money" travel solutions by making use of their on line and offline technological tools, business insights and consulting experience in the business travel industry.

Gapeseed organizes group participations at international and national congresses, exhibitions and meetings (MICE) worldwide. The company implements all services involved in the delegate participation, from hotel accommodation and travel services to transportation, cultural program etc.

Additionally, Gapeseed has a very wide network of suppliers and partners on a worldwide scale which allows its experts to offer immediate solutions at any destination as well as achieve best possible rates through their negotiation practices.

Some of the key things to remember for controlling your travel cost

Travel Policy

Why have one?  It is vitally important that companies improve value from money spent on travel and a travel policy is the cornerstone on which good procurement can achieve that objective. It has been said that a well-documented, well-implemented, well-monitored policy can reduce travel costs by at least 10% and by up to 30%. Experience has shown that travel suppliers will tend to give their best deals to those companies who can demonstrate an ‘effective’ Travel Policy.

Who should write your travel policy?

Travel Policy should be written by the person who is responsible for the procurement of travel within the organisation or an experienced Corporate travel planner organization should be comsulted to draft one based on your organization culture and need.

It should be

  • Reasonable
  • Empowered
  • CSR
  • Seek Alternatives
  • Keep it simple

Making it happen is the toughest part. An organisation can have the best travel policy on paper but its usefulness is only as strong as the traveller’s awareness of it.

Supplier negotiation – skills required Generally, it is fair to say that the fewer suppliers the better and that well-developed buying functions spend little time on administration and clerical functions but more on negotiating long-term relationships, developing suppliers, concentrating on total acquisition cost reduction, adding value and developing partnerships – very much mutual v. transactional relationships.

Negotiation involves:

  • communication - written and verbal
  • Identifying, agreeing and pursuing objectives
  • having a good script and environment
  • assessing the other party’s position (information is power)
  • bargaining concessions for advantages
  • wanting to reach agreement
  • agreeing agenda and rules
  • making sure the correct people are negotiating
  • identifying issues and problem areas
  • trying to resolve easier differences first
  • bargaining firmly on serious differences, encouraging concessions
  • giving way on low priority items to gain high priority matters
  • Effective use of silence
  • suggesting ways of meeting your needs at low cost to the other party
  • looking for signals of readiness to concede
  • confirming agreements as they are reached

Summarising the results of the negotiation. In travel, the buyer needs to have the correct management information to back up their negotiation and preferably some benchmarking to set the parameters for the range which they negotiate. Management

Make sure your Corporate Travel Management company

  • pays careful attention to your travel management brief
  • are flexible in their recommendations; independent and supported by competitive rates both locally and globally
  • present a proposal in consultation with you and focus on achieving a positive return on investment
  • believes that they offer the market's leading Service Level Agreement through
  • partner with the best corporate travel technology companies with guaranteed research and ongoing investment
  • partner with Travel Risk Management experts to ensure compliance to the National Health & Safety legislation
  • regularly discuss and review working relationship with you via a pro-active and dedicated account manager
  • Evolve your travel program with your business and the market place to drive corporate travel savings.

 

 

The business travel market has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years and will continue to do so. The procurement specialists, who have appeared more and more to be deciding strategy, will need to keep abreast of these changes. There is more emphasis on end to end process solutions from travel booking services, expense claims and payments. The challenge is in implementing the most cost and time effective solution for your organisation.


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Business Travel is different than personal travel. Many companies can provide Travel Management but the real difference is the people that work for these companies. You will do well with skilled consultants that know your company and provide a personal approach. GTI Travel has a high customer retention rate because our customers get this approach along with ability to cut costs and give value.

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Here's how hidden airline fees are driving up fares

Here's how hidden airline fees are driving up fares | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

“Southwest is really driving the pricing these days,” says Joe Brancatelli from Joe Sent Me, a website for business travelers.

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You may not know you are paying fees. It is good to work with a company that will help you to be clear about your fees and consult ng costs.

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21 lifehacks every business traveler needs to k...

21 lifehacks every business traveler needs to k... | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

If your life is lived on the road, you likely already have a number of tricks up your suit sleeve to make things easier.

It never hurts to have more, though, as you’ll see in this infograp…...


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