This NYC Startup Will Make Your Next Business Trip the Easiest Yet

Booking business trips is often a hassle. Between connecting flights and renting cars there is so much to plan. This new startup helps make your business trips easier. NexTravel is the all-in-one travel management platform that will take care of nailing down all the specifics of your business trips down to even rebooking cancelled flights.

AlleyWatch sat down with CEO Wen-Wen Lam about the future of business travel and how Nextravel is changing the business travel landscape. For the interview, click here.

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What Does 2016 Have in Store for Boston Venues and Events?

Looking for a new venue to host your next event? Here are the most anticipated Boston restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and party rooms to open this year.

1. Currently in the middle of the biggest renovation since its opening in 1949, the Museum of Science is in the process of creating the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River.

2. Boston’s South End will welcome SRV, a Venetian-style bacaro, early in the new year.

3. Table at Season to Taste is a contemporary French restaurant from chef Carl Dooley, who appears on the current season of Top Chef. He and catering industry vet Robert Harris will open in mid-January on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.

4. Chef and World Barbecue champion Andy Husbands will open Smoke Shop in early spring. Housed in the former Tommy Doyle’s space, the restaurant has undergone complete reconstruction with an array of event spaces.

5. With high demand for event space at Puritan, the beloved Cambridge restaurant just took over the empty space next door. Beginning in January, it will become Puritan and Company, a private dining space that will hold 30 guests.

6. Juliet will be the first brick-and-mortar concept from Bread and Salt Hospitality. The casual Union Square café and restaurant will seat 19, including at a six-seat dining counter.

7. Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square debuted a new wing in mid-December and is now booking for 2016 events. Thanks to the expansion, there’s now 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a 2,000-square-foot outdoor terrace, and nearly 100 additional guest rooms and suites.

8. Boston’s financial district now has the city’s first luxury CrossFit gym. Opened in December, Brick Boston is now booking private events and parties for 2016. The 22,000-square-foot space won’t be your typical gym space, however.

9. Stoked Pizza, the beloved food truck known for its regular spots on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Lawn on D, announced plans to open its own spot in Washington Square.

10. Chef/owner Rachel Klein will debut RFK Kitchen in Needham in April.  The space will be available for buyouts; smaller groups can book a semi-private space with audiovisual capabilities that will seat 12, a front lounge for receptions of 30 guests, or an interactive chef’s counter for 26 guests.

For more, visit BizBash.

SRV Photo: Morgan Ione Yeager

Improve Your Business Travel with these Simple Steps

Business travel can be hectic. Does your travel schedule have you feeling drained? It doesn’t have to! These tips from CorpTrav below may be for you.

Create a routine. For frequent business travelers, it’s wise to establish and follow habits that will alleviate unnecessary stressors during your travel.

But don’t avoid treating yourself. Sticking to a routine is important, but monotony in all aspects can lead to career burnout. If you have spare time at an airport, see if there is a good place to eat or grab a relaxing spa treatment.

Make life easier for yourself. Make sure you’ve applied for TSA PreCheck. This is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury for business travelers. By opting into TSA PreCheck, you’re allowing yourself more time to get through security screenings, faster moving lines due to less restrictions and an overall improved travel experience.

Stay connected. One of the biggest annoyances during corporate travel is not having internet connection when you need it most. Thankfully this is becoming less and less of a phenomenon, in part due to widespread Wi-Fi availability. It may also be worth investing in a device that provides internet for your laptop, tablet or cellphone no matter your location.

Don’t forget your health and wellness. More often than not, your meals are not exactly the healthiest when you’re eating on the run. Consider stocking up on healthy snacks (fruit, yogurt, protein bars, etc.) prior to your travels to help avoid overpriced and unhealthy airport fast food purchases. Also, don’t forget to drink water during your travels as flying can be quite dehydrating. Finally, be sure to get up and move around if your flight is longer than 2 or 3 hours to keep your blood circulating.

For more, click here.

The Newest And Best Apps For The Upcoming Travel Year

Each new year Forbes Travel reappraise their travel and leisure related apps:

Google Flights and SkyScanner offer baselines for the cost of flights, and suggest alternative travel dates to save money. Orbitz and TripAdvisor offer hotel reviews; TripAdvisor also offers travelers’ photos.

TripIt automatically collates essential travel info from confirmation emails into an itinerary to a single address, and a digital itinerary, and alerts you to gate changes. The pro version ($49 a year) includes flight, seat and fare refund alerts and lets you keep track of your rewards points and miles.

Driving? iExit offers the services that are at different U.S. highway exits. Roadtrippers finds U.S. roadside attractions, restaurants and services near your route. And GasBuddy tells you how much different service stations are charging for fuel.

HotelTonight and Roomer help with last-minute lodging decisions and changes. And with currencies fluctuating daily, XE Currency can help monitor your budget, updating in real time, and displaying multiple currencies simultaneously.

Evernote saves travel information as well business memos, and screenshots of maps and mapped directions for offline backup, invaluable if wireless is not around.

Language apps are brilliant aids for global travel. Bravolol offers basic phrases and vocabulary, with English phrases shown in the foreign language and sometimes as a transliteration; and you just tap to hear pronunciation. Languages include Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Arabic, and you can divide languages into useful categories such as “driving” and “sightseeing.”

Visual translation service, Waygo, instantly translates Chinese and Japanese characters into English without the need for an internet connection, using a combination of optical character recognition and translation technologies to instantly translate printed text by simply pointing your camera to translate. Great for street signs and menus, for starters.

For more from the peice, click here.

GE Moves to Boston: Time for JetBlue to Expand?

Last week, industrial heavyweight General Electric announced that it will move its headquarters from suburban Connecticut to Boston over the next few years. GE will become by far the largest corporation headquartered in Massachusetts.

Attracting such a high-profile corporate relocation was a big coup for Massachusetts and Boston. It could also be the impetus for further expansion by JetBlue Airways , the top airline in Boston.

Boston is a very unusual city in JetBlue’s route network, yet JetBlue is the largest airline in Boston, with roughly 30% market share. JetBlue continues improving its relevance to business travelers in Boston by adding flights to more of the places they need to go.

In competing for corporate travel share with airline heavyweights like Delta, one of JetBlue’s biggest disadvantages is its incomplete route network. There are still a significant number of major U.S. markets where JetBlue has no flights at all, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. GE’s relocation to Boston could thus spur further expansion of JetBlue’s route network.

For more, click here.

Aria Resort To Expand Its Convention Space

The Aria Resort & Casino, a hotel part of the CityCenter district on the Las Vegas Strip, will expand its convention space. MGM Resorts will spend $154 million expanding the space to 500,000 square feet from its current 300,000. The new space’s top floor will afford views of the Park and Las Vegas Arena, which are both scheduled to open next year.

For more, click here.

 

Hotelzon Launches Mobile App

Travelport Hotelzon, provider of a hotel distribution platform, has released a smartphone app for corporate hotel bookings. The app, a mobile version of Hotelzon.com, is designed for use by travel agents and business travelers. The app features over 250,000 hotels worldwide, both chain and independent properties. It includes privately negotiated corporate rates, traveler profiles and secure booking functionality.

The app features over 250,000 hotels worldwide, both chain and independent properties. It includes privately negotiated corporate rates, traveler profiles and secure booking functionality.

The free app is currently available for download on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

Take a look at the article from Travel Weekly for more.

More Than Half of Business Travelers Prefer American Airlines

A recent study of frequent business travelers showed that those who pack their suitcases and fly for work do so often are incredibly loyal to one carrier in particular- American Airlines.

  • The majority of those surveyed travel frequently are largely staying within the United States and are more than familiar with American Airlines.
  • More than half of the respondents reported that American was their favorite domestic carrier, double the number of participants who reported that Delta or United as their preferred carrier.
  • When traveling internationally, American was still the favorite airline, followed by British Airways and Cathay Pacific.
  • The respondents are also packing six-figure mileage balances. Almost 80% of them earned more than 100,000 miles last year, with 15% reporting that they’d picked up more than 500,000 miles during 2015.

For more, click here.

Graph: ExpertFlyer/View From the Wing

 

First Hotel Planned at Palm Beach County Airport

Palm Beach International Airport soon could get a hotel on its premises. The airport’s operator this week issued a request for proposals from developers interested in building a hotel on vacant county-owned land west of Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue.

The airport hotel would provide more options for travelers, especially those on business trips seeking nearby accommodations, according to Laura Beebe, deputy director of airport business affairs for the Palm Beach County Department of Airports.

It also would boost the county’s number of hotels, which has grown only in recent years as the economy has improved and as tourism has rebounded.

The hotel would rise across the street from an airport travel plaza expected to open May 1. The plaza will include a gas station, convenience store, fast-food restaurant and cell phone lot for drivers waiting on flights. The airport operator plans to meet with developers Jan. 27 to discuss the application process and required documentation. Developers’ proposals will be due March 21.

For more information, visit SunSentinel.com.

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2016’s 10 Most Anticipated New York Venues for Meetings and Events

Here are the most anticipated New York restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and party rooms to open next year. These new and renovated New York venues will accommodate groups large or small for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings, business dinners, teambuilding activities, cocktail parties, and more.

  1. InterContinental New York Barclay
  2. Met Breuer
  3. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
  4. Nassau Events Center
  5. the Beekman
  6. Union Square Café
  7. William Vale
  8. Flash Factory
  9. Redbury New York

For more details on these top spots, visit BizBash.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Rendering: Archpartners