News & Articles - business travel

  • Canadian Airlines Open Up All Seats Ending Physical Distancing Onboard

    Canada’s two largest airlines have abandoned physical distancing rules on flights. Air Canada and WestJet are no longer keeping adjacent seats empty between passengers in economy class, including the middle seats in aisles. The return to pre-COVID-19 booking procedures came into effect July 1. The carriers announced they would start filling flights to full capacity a few days prior. Both cite the decision is in response to a pick up in air travel and is in line with the International…

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  • What Events May Look Like After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has stopped meetings and events in their tracks. But although an unprecedented time for the industry, it will undoubtedly recover. “I am strongly convinced the physical event business will bounce back,” says best-selling author and frequent public speaker, David Meerman Scott, who studies how neuroscience affects behaviour. “Humans crave physical interaction with other humans. We want to be part of a tribe — that’s baked into our neuroscience. Our brains thrive around being around people who are just like…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • Steps to Protect Yourself if an Event is Cancelled

    Many events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in cancellations. Some vendors have returned deposits while others have agreed to hold them as a credit toward rescheduled events. Then there are those who have refused refunds or credits altogether. Why the difference? It often comes down to the terms included in your contract. With uncertainty around the outbreak and, consequently, when in-person events may take place, it’s important to review the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty. Also,…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Study Shows Increased Confidence in COVID-19 Business Restoration

    Most companies are planning COVID-19 recovery for 2020, with one-third preparing for it in the next three months, according to a new report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). “The global business travel industry remains at a standstill but we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel,” says GBTA CEO, Scott Solombrino. GBTA is a business travel and meetings trade organization with operations on six continents. It surveyed almost 1,600 member…

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  • Egencia Analytics Studio: Data visualization for business travel

    Press Release Egencia, the leading full-service digital travel management company (TMC), announces the launch of Egencia Analytics Studio, an enhanced data visualization and analytics platform to help companies bring their travel program story to life. Travel managers can explore data visually, discover hidden insights, identify new sources of savings and optimize spend across travel categories — air, hotel, train and car. “We live in a world where data is everywhere, but it’s only useful when you can turn data into…

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  • Aeroplan and Rocketmiles announce partnership renewal

    Aeroplan has announced the renewal of a multi-year agreement with Rocketmiles, a hotel booking site that helps consumers earn miles’ incentives. Rocketmiles is a wholly owned entity of Booking Holdings, the world’s leading travel and accommodations company whose portfolio of brands includes Booking.com and Priceline.com, among others. The extended partnership will enable Aeroplan Members to continue to earn up to 10,000 Aeroplan Miles per night on stays at hotels worldwide. Rocketmiles features more than 400,000 hotels in hotspots around the globe –…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • Technology, innovation and security were the hot topics of GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto

    All new tech talks designed to identify new technology platforms The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – wrapped up yet another successful conference in Toronto this week. Technology, innovation and security were among the hot topics discussed throughout the industry gathering bringing together travel professionals and industry leaders for Canada’s premiere business travel event. The Conference saw more than 800 registrants and record attendance despite mother nature’s best attempts to keep…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Business travel responsible for $40.1 billion in Canadian GDP, creates over 573,000 jobs

    Canadian business travel expenditures reached $35.8 billion in 2016 A new report issued at GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto reveals the high potential of business travel to drive economic development and business success. The report, produced by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada, also reveals the risk to the nation’s economy from a downturn in travel. The study, titled ‘The Canadian Business Travel Industry: Business Travel’s Impact on Jobs and the Canadian…

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  • Where sustainable travel is headed in 2018

    Research conducted by Booking.com reveals that awareness of eco-friendly accommodation options is growing, with global travellers seeking to book more of these greener stays than ever, while showing a willingness to absorb extra costs to ensure they are travelling more sustainably To celebrate Earth Day on 22 April, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has released the findings from its most recent global Sustainable Travel Report.* The report indicates that…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • New panel announced for GBTA Conference 2018 Toronto: The Momentum of Technology & Innovation in Business Travel

    A new Centre Stage panel, The Momentum of Technology & Innovation in Business Travel, has been announced for GBTA Conference 2018 Toronto, adding to an already exciting line-up of industry speakers from April 16-18. “These phenomenal speakers can truly attest to how technology and innovation have altered the marketplace and the ways in which we conduct business,” said Nancy Tudorache, director of operations for GBTA Canada. “Because our industry evolves at such a rapid pace, today’s business travel professionals must…

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