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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...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

More European corporate travel buyers looking at lower budgets

Although nearly a third of European corporate travel buyers expect to have bigger corporate travel budgets in 2019, according to research by the UK Business Travel Show, the figure is down from 40% recorded last year. The poll of 134 European buyers found the number of budgets on the downturn was up from 13% last year to 15% for 2019. There is also a rise in buyers with less to spend on air travel...

Luxembourg becomes first nation to make all public transport free

Luxembourg has become the first nation which will make all public transportation free, after a new environmental initiative was announced by prime minister Xavier Bettel. Luxembourg City, the capital, suffers from extremely bad traffic congestion, as a large number of commuters enter the city – which has a tiny population of 110,000 – from outside via car. Many come from neighbouring countri...

Airbnb’s business travel trends for 2019

Airbnb has released a new report detailing business travel trends which have been on the rise in 2018, and are set to continue in 2019. One notable change that occurred in 2018 was the rise in travel to destinations in Latin America and Africa. While hubs such as London, Paris and New York remain prominent, a number of cities such as Mar Del Plata in Argentina, Guaruja in Brazil and Aguascalientes...

Philadelphia hosts largest gathering of Irish travel professionals

Philadelphia was the first ever US host city for the 2018 Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) Annual Conference. Traditionally the conference has been held exclusively in Europe, but increased airlift from Europe to Philadelphia International Airport and the targeted international strategy of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PHLCVB) Global Tourism team, helped the city get sel...

Airbnb a hotel help rather than a hindrance?

Helder Pereira, CEO of the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, RBH doubts whether Airbnb really is a threat to hotels.   Airbnb has grown substantially in recent years and now commands an estimated 22% of the market – making it larger than any individual global hotel group, and begging the question: what exactly is the impact of Airbnb on the hotel industry? Airbnb is both disr...

Business travellers turn away from direct booking channels in 2018

New research from SAP Concur and GBTA shows that the trend for business travellers to book flights and accommodation directly from suppliers has reversed. The number of European business travellers who booked flights directly with their preferred airline fell from 79% in 2017 to 68% in 2018. During the same period, the number booking hotel accommodation directly dropped from 83% in 2017 to 70%. Pi...

VisitBritain partners Eurostar and Virgin Trains to give business events a boost

VisitBritain has announced a new partnership with Eurostar and Virgin Trains, which will offer a united travel service for the MICE industry, helping to boost international business events in the UK. The partnership was announced at IBTM World, and will give international event planners the freedom to book multi-stop journeys from mainland Europe to British destinations. It will increase connectiv...

myCWT app allows users to book flights in 60 seconds

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has expanded its mobile air booking offering in 20 key markets around the world, allowing travellers the option to book flights directly on the myCWT app. The service was originally piloted in 2017, and launched commercially in Q2 2018. It is now being rolled out to markets including the US, Germany, France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland and more. Amir Kir...

Travel programmes are at odds with traveller behaviour, says survey

Nearly 70% of travel buyers say that enforcing policy compliance is among the most challenging aspects of their job, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with RoomIt by CWT. Not only are travellers booking out-of-policy for preferred properties or amenities, but there appears to be a large gap in traveller knowledge of company polic...