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Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

Corporate travel budgets expected to rise, says new Cvent research

Seven in ten European corporate travel decision makers (CTDMs) anticipate their travel budget will increase in 2019, with 16 percent saying they expect their budget to significantly increase, according to a recent study by Cvent entitled “The European Travel Manager in 2019.” 25 percent of CTDMs said their budget would remain unchanged, while only 6 percent foresee a year-over-year decline. German...

Less is more at CWT

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced a new brand and identity, simplifying its moniker to just ‘CWT’. The three-letter classification combines a nod to the company’s heritage, as well as reflecting what the agency claims is a simplification of its corporate travel offer. “This identity change is the latest phase in our digital development plan to combine the power...

NDC failing to win over travel buyers, according to BTS poll

The new IATA standard New Distribution Capability (NDC) is failing to win over European travel buyers, with increasing numbers now expressing doubts that NDC is a good thing. A poll by the UK’s Business Travel Show (BTS) illustrates a huge surge in the number of buyers who are still apparently uninformed about this major change. It had been hoped that NDC would finally offer personalisation and pr...

Why local experiences are key to authentic travel

Authentic travel is all about authentic local experiences, says Didier Scaillet, CEO of SITE.   It’s almost a year since I grasped the reins at SITE, aka Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, and it’s been quite the ride. As I look back at 2018 I can say: “A lot done, a lot more to do!”.  In 2018 SITE reached its biggest ever membership number. In our 45-year history we’ve never exceeded 2...

How to meet the needs of millennial travellers

In this guest blog, AIPC President Aloysius Arlando looks into the future and highlights the importance of meeting millennial business travellers expectations.   By 2020, millennials will make up more than half of the global workforce and account for the largest segment of business travellers[1]. Millennials are a unique group, with expectations and experience-seeking that is very different from t...

Ryanair blames stiff competition for 4th quarter loss

Budget airline Ryanair has posted a net loss of €19.6m for the last three months of 2018. The airline had cut fares in the face of what it called “excess winter capacity in Europe”. Ryanair carried more passengers and raked in more revenues compared to the same period in 2017 – there were 32.7m passengers compared with 30.4m for the same period a year earlier, as revenue rose 9% to €1.53bn. ...

Air Monitor predicts stable air fares for 2019

Competition from low-cost carriers on long-haul routes are helping to hold down rates, according to American Express Global Business Travel’s newly released Air Monitor 2019. However, the report finds there are exceptions, including growing demand on North American routes. In contrast, fares to Middle East destinations are forecast to fall from all regions, in both business and economy classes. Ov...

Asian passport power jumps to the head of the queue in 2019 

Japan entered the New Year retaining its top spot on the Henley Passport Index, due to its citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. Asian passport power is well illustrated in 2019 with Singapore and South Korea now in joint second place, with access to 189 destinations. Germany and France follow on in the new rankings, with a visa-free score of 188. The US and the U...

Queues mount at US airports as government shutdown affects air travellers

The partial US government shutdown is beginning to affect air travel, American news outlets have widely reported. Travellers have been experiencing even longer queues than normal at some US airports, seemingly caused by a shortage of security officials many of whom are staying away due to not getting paid. Aviation safety inspectors have also been reportedly staying away from their jobs. A Federal...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the ex...