Study Finds Young Small Business Travelers Spend More Than Older Counterparts
A new study from the online travel site Expedia offers insights into generational differences in viewing the perks and costs of business travel. Five key findings from the study:
1. Small business travelers are traveling more.
2. Small business travelers prefer face-to-face meetings.
3. Younger business travelers are less-budget conscious.
4. Travel budgets are up for nearly half of small businesses.
5. Small business travelers are more concerned with convenience than price.
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JetBlue Launches Blue Inc.
JetBlue launched a new booking web portal, Blue Inc., this week for corporate travelers at small and midsize enterprises. It enables corporate travelers to book flights, hotels and rental cars on desktop and mobile devices and travel managers to set budgets and policies, manage bookings and track spending. The tool also features a group-booking option, allowing multiple travelers to be booked at once with separate itineraries and payment options, if necessary. For more, visit here.
10 New Boston Venues for Summer Meetings and Events
Here’s a look at great new Boston restaurants, event venues, hotels, conference centers, and private and party rooms to open for events this summer. These new and renovated Boston venues can accommodate large or small groups for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, business dinners, teambuilding activities, cocktail parties, etc. Take a look at the list here.
Best Luggage for Business Travelers
Luggage can make or break a business traveler’s experience. Tom Nelson, president of luggage retailer Colorado Bag’n Baggage, says the chain’s customers seek lightweight bags that won’t break en route, have plenty of packing capacity and organizational compartments, and fit easily into overhead bins. Travel Channel lists some of the best luggage for the busy business traveler.
11 Strategies for Eating Healthy on a Business Trip
Business trips have plenty of perks, from new travel destinations, expense-account meals and an excuse to get out of the office. But road trips have a common pitfall as well in terms of the poor food choices you may make. If you’re just trying to maintain your healthy habits while you’re on the go, here are some simple tips to keep you feeling great:
1. Look for real food at the airport
2. Stay hydrated
3. Stick to your regular schedule
4. Pack your own food
5. Look for nutrition information
6. Pace yourself at happy hour
7. Customize your meals
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions
9. East breakfast
10. Choose healthy preparation methods
11. Order sauces and dressings “on the side”
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Travel and expense reporting is entering the digital age in a big way. A business traveler is always on-the-go, and needs a T&E solution that is just as mobile. Expense management solution provider Nexonia is getting on board with the mobile tool trend. Nexonia Expenses mobile app now integrates with Automatic, a car adaptor that syncs up with the vehicle and feeds driver data into a connected Automatic app onto a driver’s smartphone. The partnership, the companies said, mean the mileage data from Automatic will now feed automatically into the Nexonia Expenses app, simplifying traveling employees’ mileage tracking. See more here.
The Future of Event Design: What Will Live Experiences Look Like in the Next Few Years?
What will live experiences look like in the next few years? Take a look at what the top planners and designers forecast the future of corporate events and meetings.
1. Technology will be ubiquitous.
2. Hosts will seek authenticity.
3. Events will shrink in size.
4. Noninvasive branding will be paramount.
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Convenience Trumps Cost for Business Travelers Says Inaugural GBTA Business
Business travelers value convenience over cost savings, according to new research from the GBTA Foundation. According to the first series of reports, U.S. business travelers put a high premium on convenience, particularly when it comes to their flight schedule choices.
The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™ in partnership with American Express is a proprietary, data-centered barometer based on business travelers’ attitudes toward five key components of business-related travel:
- Overall Trip Experience and Travel Friction - Business travelers’ attitudes toward air travel, hotel stays and ground transportation
- Travel Management Policy Friction - Attitudes toward company travel policy management, flexibility and comprehension
- Expense Tracking and Management - Satisfaction with business travel expense management and tracking, and using credit or charge cards for business travel
- Business Travel Safety - Satisfaction with employers’ efforts to keep travelers safe while they’re on the road
- Social Media Experience - Attitudes toward using social media while traveling for work, including finding or posting reviews of travel suppliers
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8 Tips for Getting a Great Night’s Sleep While You’re Traveling
Here is a comical read with a few tips for ensuring that you’ll get a solid night’s sleep when you’re on the road. Take a look here.
1. Check out the reviews
2. Make yourself comfortable
3. Check the curtains or the blinds
4. If something is bothering you or keeping you awake, handle it immediately
Why are some luxury hotels still charging for Wi-Fi?
Hyatt, Starwood and Marriott all began offering free Wi-Fi this year. They began offering free connections to guests if they had a loyalty membership and booked direct. Hyatt tossed in internet for all guests with no extra requirements. So why are some chains still charging- and how much? Take a look here.