travel

UK travel and tourism sector may only recover by a third this year, says WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s year-on-year recovery may only recover by a third this year, whilst international travel spending continues to plummet. WTTC states the strict travel restrictions, such as the ‘traffic light’ system, is responsible. At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s contri...

CWT and Tracker Software Technologies embark on new partnership

Business travel management platform, CWT, has signed a global referral agreement with Tracker Software Technologies (TST), a specialist in business traveller compliance management. This agreement will enable CWT to provide a data feed of travel bookings for mutual customers to the TST platform at customers’ request. This will automatically assess individual trip data and proactively alert nominate...

CWT reaches financial agreement to recapitalise business

CWT, the travel management platform based in Minneapolis, has announced it is recapitalising the business following an agreement with financial stakeholders representing over 90% of the company’s outstanding debt. The company hopes the move will strengthen CWT’s financial position as the recovery in business travel continues to gain momentum in key markets around the world. The Recapitalisation Pl...

F&I incentive groups make memories with Canada’s best-in-class incentive travel

Rarely does a destination find the balance between practical meeting locations and standout experiences, but Canada walks the line. In fact, the dynamic and diverse country stands atop of the pile regarding both its Finance and Insurance (F&I) sectors and best-in-class incentive travel. Most travellers could tell a story of the Canada’s icy slopes, stunning wildlife, rich culture and bustling ...

Incentive travel – a force for good

SITE chief marketing officer, Padraic Gilligan, takes a rhyme and makes the reason

New BCD survey reveals priorities for travel bookers

A new survey by BCD Travel has revealed the most important factors for those booking travel trips. The survey, conducted in April, asked 101 travel buyers questions about their priorities when it comes to booking. These were then aggregated into a score out of 5. ‘Duty of care’ and ‘traveller satisfaction’ were the highest rated, with 99% of people rating them as very to extremely important. ‘Duty...

Delta and BCD Travel sign industry-first sustainable fuel agreement

Delta Air Lines and BCD Travel USA LLC have signed the first ever sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) agreement for a travel management company. The agreement helps address emissions from BCD employee travel and, as one of the largest travel management agencies in the world, bolsters the future of sustainability in the travel industry. Amelia DeLuca, Delta’s managing director of sustainability, said: ...

New survey sheds light on future of travel and vaccine passports

A recent survey conducted by BCD Travel found that over 60% of business travellers believe quarantines on arrival will have a negative impact on traveller confidence. The survey also found that business travellers are most positive about effective vaccines (84%) and pre-departure testing (67%). Digital health passes are also rated highly (66%). When asked what their biggest concerns around digital...

European Tourism Association supports EU’s vaccine passport travel plans

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) has endorsed a plan put forward by the European Commission for a Digital Green Certificate. The Digital Green Certificate would operate like a ‘vaccine passport’, making it clear which passengers have been vaccinated and facilitating safe, free movement inside the EU. The passport would be available free of charge in a digital or paper format, using a QR cod...

Asia Pacific comes out on top for 2020 in Henley Passport Index

The Asia Pacific region has come out on top in the 2021 edition of the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports according to the number of destinations its holders can access without a visa. Japan holds the top spot, with Japanese passport holders able to enter 191 countries without a visa. Singapore comes in second with 190 countries, followed by South Korea and Germany with 189. This year’s ...

1 in 2 optimistic about taking a trip in next 12 months, says survey

At its annual partner conference, explore ’20, Expedia Group revealed key considerations shaping travel decisions in 2021. Research from Expedia Group Media Solutions shows that travelers need reassurance in critical areas such as flexibility, cleanliness, and communication to consider travel now and in the future. It also shows that one in two travelers feel optimistic – that is, comfortable or e...

UK government announces new testing plan for high-risk international arrivals

The UK government has announced a new strategy for managing internationals arrivals into England during the Covid-19 pandemic. Passengers arriving from high-risk countries (those not on the travel corridor list) must self-isolate upon arrival. They will then take a test on day 5 of landing, either at home or at a testing site. If they test negative, they can exit self-isolation. Those being tested...