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Consolidating Your Travel Program? Consider These Five Things

  As you start to lay the groundwork for consolidating your corporate travel program, here are some important factors to consider: 1. Balance standardization and localization An important part of consolidating a travel program is to standardize processes and policies across different geographies, as it makes the program more efficient. But while having a globally consistent approach has many advantages, ignoring market-specific nuances can be a big mistake. For example, having an integrated visa offering may not be a priority for employees in Singapore, but it would be a key priority for local employees in India as they require visas for most of their international travel. Similarly, having a standard tax reclaim process will not work across offices due to different regulations. Striking the right balance between standardization and localization is key, especially in a region as varied as Asia Pacific. 2. Understand cultural differences Related to the previous point, you also need to f

How To Stay Safe During Your Business Trips

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  Travelling During Lockdown . It is important to remember that there is still a pandemic out there and no cure in sight. Travelling has been allowed, some Airbnbs and hotels have opened, however, this is mainly for business-related travelling only. It’s still high-risk travelling, even if it is for work. But there are ways you can be safe. Here are a few things you can do before leaving home and once you have reached your destination. Do your research It is important to do your research before your trip - a corporate travel planning business can help with this. Although the regulations in every province are the same, a city might have its own extra rule on the side. Find out what one usually does when one arrives at your destination. This is especially important for the Airbnb or hotel that you are going to be staying at. If you’re not somebody who usually reads up on hotel policies, now is the time to be that person. Many places have changed their policies and rules to adjust to the

Preparing For A Business Trip - Here Are Some Tips

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Travelling for business is often a necessary evil, depending on your job and workload, but if the trip is well organised - perhaps by a business travel agency , you can get all the work done that you need to finish before returning home. It is important that you take some time to prepare for your business trip so that you can be as organised and efficient as possible while you are away. Business trips can be stressful and chaotic, so you want to have everything in place before you go so that the trip is productive and as enjoyable as possible. You should avoid leaving everything until the day before you go away so that you don’t have to deal with any added pressure on the days leading up to your trip. Here are eight tips on how you can best prepare for a business trip and the different things you will want to consider. Make Sure You Have a Passport… and One That it is Valid This may seem like an obvious thing to do before any trip, but you will be surprised at how many people forget th

8 Ways Corporate Travel Will Change Post-Pandemic

One of the main consequences of COVID has been change – and lots of it. Almost all aspects of daily life have undergone a transformation to a certain extent, and how and why we travel is certainly no exception. It is evident how business travel, in particular, has altered over the past few months, but what remains to be seen is what it will look like in the years to come. So, what are the changes that corporate travellers can expect to see in a post-COVID world?  1. Business travel will experience a slow and steady revival Currently, most business owners are taking a wait-and-see approach to organising corporate travel for their employees. The State of the Market research recently conducted by the Flight Centre Travel Group indicates that 26% of businesses are planning to return to the same pre-COVID-19 levels for domestic travel during 2021. The remaining 74% of businesses predict reduced domestic travel for the immediate year ahead. Having said that, there is no escaping the fact tha

Corporate Travel Agency Asks: Are You Insured When You Travel On Business?

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  Who wouldn’t want international travel to be part of their job description?  Most people consider business travel a status symbol and a perk of the job – in fact, according to a survey by the accommodation website Booking.com for Business, 30 percent of people who travel on business would take a job at a lower salary if they could travel more. Similar research by the website LateRooms.com indicates that 41 percent of workers want to do more business travel. This suggests that company bosses may be underestimating the value of business travel as an incentive and an element of remuneration. The Booking.com research shows that more and more employees are blurring the line between business and leisure by extending trips to include leave time in overseas destinations. Nearly half (49 percent) of respondents in the Booking.com survey had done so in the previous 12 months and a third of them intended to do so again at the earliest opportunity. In fact, the trend is so well established that

Your Businesses Can Save Money on Corporate Travel

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  No matter the size of your business, saving on travel is important. Even if your business can afford not to be frugal about corporate travel, that still doesn’t mean that your management shouldn’t be smart about it. Give your employees the freedom to choose and spend, and you will quickly go bankrupt – but give them a great policy, and they will save you money. Here’s how to reduce your corporate travel spending for good: Book Early and Stay Flexible Every frequent flyer knows the first rule of frugal travelling: book early . Planning in advance can help you save a lot of money on airfare and hotel stay. Unfortunately, this isn’t always applicable to corporate travel. A great percentage of work-related trips gets scheduled at the eleventh hour, which is why this type of business spending tends to be so costly in the first place. Nevertheless, you should book early whenever you can. If you start tracking your employees’ travelling habits, you’ll discover th

Travellers Share Tips To Stay Safe From Coronavirus

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For travellers who normally fret about forgetting passports, shaving kits or clean underwear, there is a whole new set of concerns as they prepare to hit the road again after being housebound amid the coronavirus pandemic. With stay-at-home orders being lifted, those who travel frequently for business or pleasure are mapping their own strategies on items and procedures they'll need to stay safe at airports, on planes, in hotels or just trying to get from place to place. "We never thought about everything we touch from the time we leave our home," says Peter Greenberg , travel editor on "CBS This Morning" and host of the "Travel Detective" series on PBS. As one who has logged hundreds of thousands of miles on assignment, Greenberg doesn't plan to go to absurd lengths to avoid the virus ("I refuse to turn myself into a hazmat suit"), but he says he has a number of ideas that should help minimize the risk. Besides having a mask, he says he p