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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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

 

 

6 Quick Hacks to Make Business Travel Easier

Frequent business travel can wear anyone down. Here Inc. columnists give you their time-tested tricks for making any trip better.

  1.  Routine will set you free.
  2. Look for unexpected surprises.
  3. Get a SENTRI card.
  4. Combat the stale cabin air.
  5. Arrive early.
  6. Don’t let flying screw up your health.

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World’s Most Expensive Cities for Business Travel

Travel Pulse says Business travelers headed to Europe can expect hefty expenses, but nothing compared to road warriors doing business in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. According to BCD Travel research, business travelers in Caracas spend an average of $611 per day, making it the world’s most expensive city for business travel.

At $444 and $442 per day, San Francisco (23rd) and New York (24th) were found to be the most expensive U.S. cities for business travel. Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, White Plains, New York, Honolulu, and Miami each qualifying for the top 40.

World's Most Expensive Cities for Business Travel

 

10 New Green Venues in New York for Meetings and Events

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a look at new New York restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and private rooms that factor the environment into their design or operations. Many of these new and renovated New York venues have LEED certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council or another certification group. Take a look at the venues here

 

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Marriott to No Longer Lobby for Clearance to Block WiFi

Marriott International will no longer seek permission to block other WiFi networks within its meetings and convention spaces. The hotel company had faced criticism in its attempt to get regulatory clearance to block WiFi networks in meetings areas. They held the purpose of protecting guests’ Internet security. See more at TravelWeekly.com

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Business Travel is On the Rise This Year

An additional 2 million business trips are expected to take place this year over last, due to a rebounding economy, cheaper fuel and a stronger dollar that are making corporate travel more of a bargain. More information here

 

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Apps That Can Help You Keep Track of Receipts

Most like to keep track of receipts when traveling for business. It can be a nuisance keeping track of the receipts themselves. Here are some alternatives. With an app called Shoeboxed you can photograph and categorize receipts. The app even exports the information to your budgeting software, like Excel or Quickbooks. You can also photograph receipts and then store those images in Dropbox. Evernote will allow you to scan and store receipts in one place.