New York is the most expensive city in the world for business travel

The Washington Post takes a look at the most expensive cities for business travel. The Global Business Travel Association, a travel industry trade group, predicts business in the corporate travel sector will have increased between six and seven percent by 2019 and 2020.

Using data compiled from Business Travel News’ Corporate Travel Index, Expert Market, a business-to-business office equipment marketer, has concluded that three American cities take the top spots. New York City wins the crown. The typical business traveler spends about $549 per day in New York, compared to $534 in San Francisco and $511 in Boston. Tokyo and Zurich round out the top five. Washington and Chicago are also in the top 10.

So what’s the cheapest American city for business travel? At only $241 per day, less than half of New York, that would be Bakersfield, Calif.–a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles.

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Business Travel Habits by Generation

Travel Pulse takes us through details of the generational divide in how road warriors approach business travel. Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s recent Connected Traveler Study reveals the difference in millennial travel with the habits of other generations.

Millennials are far more likely to travel in groups than their Generation X or baby boomer counterparts. Nearly six out of 10 millennials travel with others while on a business trip while more than 70 percent of baby boomers travel alone. Gen-Xers are less likely to travel alone (58 percent) but also less likely than millennials to travel with a colleague or family member on business. 

Travelers between the ages of 24 and 34 are also more likely to contact family, friends, co-workers and clients when they travel. Nearly half of millennials reach out to friends or family more than once per day while our for work, compared to just 38 percent of Gen-Xers and 29 percent of baby boomers.

The trend is reflected in how the three generations interact with clients and colleagues, with millennials 20 percent more likely to connect during travel compared to baby boomers. When they do connect to family and friends from the road, older generations are more likely to pick up the phone than millennials. Millennials tend to turn to Skype at a much higher rate than Gen-Xers and baby boomers. Yet, all three generations prefer email when communicating with colleagues.

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25 Corporate Event Ideas

Whether it’s corporate retreats and galas or awards ceremonies and team building, make sure your corporate event is successful by incorporating some of these ideas.

Corporate Branding

  • Glass lecterns
  • Food
  • Branded floors
  • Stationary
  • LED bars
  • Stair wraps

Corporate Sponsorship 

  • Off-site activities
  • Photographer
  • Giveaways
  • Custom cocktails

Meeting Design

  • Games
  • Rooftops
  • Fidget pens
  • Water/refreshments

Aesthetics

  • Themes/props
  • Lighting
  • Centerpieces

Additional

  • Overnight stay
  • Networking Lounge
  • Charging Stations

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How Millennials Are Redefining Business Travel

Millennials are reinforcing the fact that business and pleasure blend beautifully and effectively.

Apparently, business is pleasure — especially when there’s cake — as 81% of millennials associate business travel with happiness and job satisfaction, according to last year’s MMGY Global survey on American travelers. Millennials are also taking the most trips out of all age groups — 7.7 annually.

Increasing technology and staying at preferred hotels with updated tech means that millennials can stay in touch with co-workers, friends and family with the tap of a finger. More hotels and airlines are offering services focused on the traveler’s pleasure. According to the same survey, 73% of millennials rate leisure time on business travel as important, more so than to boomers at 46% or gen Xers at 56%. As the biggest generation in business, millennials are making waves in how a business trip is typically defined.

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Detroit Named Best US City For Business Travel

Detroit has been named the best US city for business travel. With a bevy of companies—including four Fortune 500 firms—and a modern, sophisticated airport, Detroit is the best place in the country to do business, according to a new survey.

The report by On Call International evaluates the 20 largest U.S markets, ranking them on business travel efficiency. This was based on several key factors, including on-time flights, average hotel prices, reliability of 4G LTE mobile networks, traffic congestion and emergency room efficiency.

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Detroit Named Best US City For Business Travel

How Facial Recognition Is Shaping the Future of Conferences

High-tech software companies and event production firms are rolling out new technologies, including facial recognition and emotional measurement software, to improve event security, streamline the check-in process, and measure the attendee experience. The goal is to do all these things while putting attendees’ minds at ease when it comes to privacy concerns.

President and CEO Panos Moutafis said his facial recognition software, which launched earlier this year, speeds up the check-in process, prevents registration fraud, and adds an extra level of security to an event or conference by ensuring that the person who registered for the event is actually the person attending. It can also be helpful when managing or restricting access in areas that event planners want to keep private.

See more from Skift here.

Have you been assigned your first business trip? Mastering the art of successful business travel can be challenging, and first-time travelers may be intimidated. Make sure the trip go smoothly, from ticket booking to expense report submission. Here are 10 quick tips!

Perfect Preparations:

  1. Mile Master: If you’re booking the ticket, acquire airline miles by using a credit card
  2. Limit Luggage: Pack smart by selecting basics in neutral colors to alternate, downsizing to travel-size toiletries, and minimizing extra items
  3. Itinerary Mastery: Compile the itinerary into a tracker such as TripIt to organize your travel plan.
  4. Eliminate Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Avoid having to compile your expense report by keeping all receipts in an envelope in your wallet, purse, or briefcase.

Business First, Pleasure Later:

  1. Schedule Smart: Give yourself enough time between meetings and appointments so that you don’t inadvertently overbook yourself.
  2. Know Your Limits: While you may be excited to experience a new city, save the crazy adventures for pleasure travel.
  3. Nix the All-Nighters: Keep your morning agenda in mind and get a full 8 hours of rest before the first meeting.

Roomie Colleague:

  1. Sharing Space: Take it in stride and make the best of it. Be polite and give them privacy when they ask.
  2. Plug It In: Pack earplugs or headphones just in case your co-worker snores so that you’re not up all night.
  3. Couchsurfing: If there’s only one bed, offer to alternate between the bed and the couch.

See more from Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture here.

Technology Has Transformed Business Travel

Business travelers are finding it much easier to remain productive while traveling for work today. In fact, they are actively seeking out ways to get out of the office. Technology has greatly contributed to productivity while staff members are away from the office.

With business travelers bringing more devices with them on the road, technology is contributing to this trend, allowing them to be more productive while they are away.

Business travel also has big benefits for staff members and for companies. The CWT Connected Traveller Study by Carlson Wagonlit Travel found that work-based relationships and productivity were strengthened: Nearly nine in 10 said that travel helped build knowledge and perspective. Eighty percent of business travelers surveyed said that business travel boosted their productivity while 93% said that the positives of business travel outweighed the negatives when it comes to working relationships. Seventy-seven percent said the same in regards to relationships at home.

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A woman using a laptop in an airport. With business travellers bringing more devices with them on the road, technology is contributing to this trend, allowing them to be more productive while they are away. — AFP

American Airlines Extends Basic Economy

American Airlines is expanding the availability of its basic economy fare. The cheaper offering, which doesn’t include a carry-on bag or advance seat assignment, has been tested on an increasing number of routes for the last six months. The airline now plans to introduce the fares across its entire domestic system by the end of September. American and other legacy carriers have introduced basic economy fares to compete with low-cost competitors like Spirit Airlines.

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