travel

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...

CWT release AnswerIQ, an AI-powered travel reporting tool

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has launched CWT AnswerIQ, a next-generation data insight, reporting and visualisation tool that works like a personalised search engine. AnswerIQ is CWT’s latest AI-powered business intelligence tool. By using an internet-style search with drill-down capabilities on top of CWT’s data lake, AnswerIQ allows clients to access all the dat...

British Airways launch partnership with ExCel London

British Airways and ExCeL London have launched a year-long collaboration that will grant BA exclusive airline partner status. The partnership will give British Airways the opportunity to use advertising space in and around ExCeL, as well as an opportunity to offer deals and discounts to visitors, exhibitors and delegates attending exhibitions and conferences, from the both the UK and overseas. The...

Exclusive US MegaFam trip announces final location

The USA’s destination marketing organization, Brand USA, has announced the final location for its upcoming UK & Ireland MegaFam trip. The MegaFam trip is a multi-destination familiarisation tour for travel agents from the UK and Ireland, and will take place from 9-17 May 2019. It’s final location will be Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The tour is intended to showcase the diversity of American cu...

Turkish President Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

The first phase of the new Istanbul Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world, recently opened with an elaborate ceremony on 29 October. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led the proceedings on the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The airport’s first phase consists of a main terminal building of 1.4m sqm, two runways, an air traffic control towe...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints new Managing Director

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Derek Sharp as Managing Director of CWT Meetings & Events. Effective 1 November, Derek will be based in London, and will report to Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer of CWT. He will serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Leadership Team. Kuhn commented: “Derek’s success in strategy, sales, P&L management and b...

Vietnam and Morocco surge in popularity for MICE bookings

Vietnam and Morocco are fast becoming the new ‘in’ destinations for MICE group charter bookings according to Air Partner, the global aviation specialist. Worldwide bookings through Air Partner for large scale meetings, conferences, incentive travel and exhibitions in Vietnam and Morocco have soared by 70% during the past year alone, marking a massive increase in interest in the two countries. Air ...

Why South Korea has so much to offer for incentive travel

BI WORLDWIDE’s event design manager Heidi Williams and project executive Michael Pollard share their thoughts on why South Korea shouldn’t be overlooked as an emerging small group incentive event destination. [hr gap=”30″] The Seoul of the country As part of BI WORLDWIDE’s in:sight project and commitment to exploring new and emerging event destinations, we were recently luc...

HRS chosen by Airbus to digitise its Global Hotel Programme

Global hotel booking agency HRS has announced it has been selected by Airbus to oversee the digital transformation of the aircraft manufacturer’s hotel programme. HRS will manage the company’s hotel negotiations and existing booking tools, as well as new mobile applications. HRS and Airbus will also collaborate on implementing virtual payment for travellers across its preferred hotel properties. W...