New Business Travel Guide to San Diego by BostonCoach [Infographic]

Heading to San Diego for GBTA 2013? Planning to travel there in the future? Be sure to check out the new BostonCoach Business Travel Guide to San Diego for some tried-and-true recommendations on where to stay, what weather to pack for, and places to explore. You’ll also find typical travel times for routes to and from the airport and other frequently requested destinations.

If you are going to GBTA, be sure to stop by booth 237 — we have some fun activities planned throughout the show. We hope to see you there!

San Diego Business Travel Guide by BostonCoach

 

BostonCoach at GBTA 2013!

We look forward to attending GBTA every year — and this year’s event is taking place in sunny San Diego. GBTA Convention and Expo 2013 is THE event for the travel industry. Over 7,000 attendees will come together to discuss, learn, network and explore an exhibit floor full of travel solutions and innovations.

We have some exciting things planned for booth 237, so be sure to stop by.

And if you’re interested in better controlling your car service spend and compliance, let’s take a few minutes to meet during the show. Contact J.J. at jj.gallant@bostoncoach.com or 617-563-2290 to set up a time.

We hope to see you there!

 

Emirates Named World’s #1 Airline

emirates jetCongratulations to our friends at Emirates Airlines, just voted the #1 airline in the world in the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Le Bourget, France (CNN)Emirates has been voted the world’s best airline by passengers at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The awards — decided by 18.2 million passengers in 160 countries around the world — judge airlines on everything from the cleanliness of the cabin to the quality of the in-flight food and entertainment.

Dubai-based Emirates took the debut prize in 2001, and retained it in 2002, before missing out on the top spot for a decade.

Read more at CNN.com.

 

Travel Tech: Aon WorldAware GeoAlert Map

Aon WorldAware AppKeeping employees safe is a top priority for travel and risk managers. That task becomes more challenging when you have executives traveling internationally. If an incident occurs, you need to know immediately if any of your employees might be impacted. Now there’s an app that can help you do that.

The Aon WorldAware GeoAlert Map, which is part of Aon’s travel risk management platform, does not use GPS to track travelers; instead, it overlays mapping data onto employee itineraries and notifies users if there is an incident — such as a flood or a fire — near that location. The app accesses data from over 120 external sources, but it integrates it in a concise manner so that users are not constantly receiving alerts about events that may not affect them.

The GeoAlert Map is intended to be used by both travelers and risk managers. If employees become caught up in an event such as a riot, they can communicate with their co-workers via a photo message sent via the app. If they feel they are at risk, they can also contact one of Aon’s two Crisis Operations Centers, which are available 24 hours a day and staffed mainly by ex-military personnel. The centers are located in Chicago and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Learn more or download the app.

 

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News of the Week

Fridayfinds_luggage tagEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: the value of business travel, the future of frequent-flyer miles, and more.

IPW13: Survey highlights value of business travel Travel Weekly
Companies which invest in business travel are more successful than those which cut back on travel budgets, according to new research.

3.5 Trillion Miles … and CountingFast Company
What does the future hold for frequent-flier miles? Find out what’s in store for the world’s most powerful promotional currency.

Vacation Etiquette: Foreign Travel TipsYahoo Voices
Traveling abroad? Here are some tips on how to be a good ambassador for your country.

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News of the Week

suitcase friday findsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: biometric technology and travel, investing in hotels, dressing for success — or not, and more!

Just Tap Here: Technology and TravelNY Times
“These days you don’t need [a plastic room key, wallet or camera] to unlock a hotel room, buy a mojito or snap a vacation photo. All you need is, well — you.” Find out how biometric technology is transforming travel.

Investing Opportunity? Travel Stocks Ride Economy’s TailwindFox Business
“Travel stocks, particularly airlines and hotels, tend to follow the market’s lead on a one-to-two quarter delay, according to a report by the Global Business Travel Association.” Should you consider investing?

Here’s a Little Summer Travel Advice: Try Being NiceHuffington Post
“Are travelers to blame for the demise of politeness?” Read this and decide for yourself.

GBTA shines spotlight on transformative leaders, companies and innovationsTravel Daily News
“[T]he profession of business travel is in an era of rapid innovation and transformation.” Read more about how GBTA — with help from Concur — will recognize innovative ideas, products, companies and people at conferences worldwide.

Business Travel and Your ImageAbout.com
“Appearance at trade shows and when employees travel for business, representing the company, is covered by a dress code in most companies.” What’s your take on dressing for business vs. dressing to make a statement? Check out the thoughts shared in this op-ed.

What was your favorite business travel article this week?

Travel Trend: Airport Spas

SpaWith travel stress at what is possibly an all-time high, travelers are seeking relaxation in droves. This has given rise to a new trend: the airport spa.

Instead of squeezing one last meeting into their schedules, business travelers are booking appointments at airport spas to rejuvenate. Services can range from facials and neck and back massages to mani-pedis and oxygen treatments. This new trend is a great way to reduce the stress associated with long boarding lines, unpredictable delays, and tedious layovers. Travelers can forgo connecting to Wifi so they can continue to work, and instead just take some time for themselves.

Here are some of the world’s top airport spas, according to a list on CNN Travel:

Timeless Spa – Dubai International Airport

Absolute Spa – Vancouver Airport Hotel

d_parture Spa – Newark International Airport

Elemis Travel Spa – London Heathrow Airport

Back to Life Space – Amsterdam Schipol Airport

Qantas First Lounge – Sydney and Melbourne International Airport

OM Spa – Hong Kong International Airport

XpresSpa – JFK International

OraOxygen – Calgary or Detroit

The Ultimate Transit Haven – Singapore Changi Airport

 

Image credit: Dennis Wong on Flickr

New Business Travel Guide to London by BostonCoach [Infographic]

Business travel is an experience. And we want to help make that experience the best it can be. So in addition to providing high-quality transportation worldwide, we’re excited to introduce the first of our concierge-style travel guides to the world’s top cities for business.

Our new Business Travel Guide to London will help you get to know this hip, historic city before you go, so you can make the most of your time while you’re there. Check out our recommendations on where to stay, what weather to pack for, and places to explore during any downtime you might have. You’ll also find detailed travel times for routes to and from the aiport, to help you avoid — or successfully navigate — the city’s infamous rush-hour traffic.

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