BostonCoach’s New Business Travel Guide To Philadelphia [Infographic]

Business in Philly? Before you take off, take a look at BostonCoach’s new Business Travel Guide to Philadelphia. It’ll help you decide which hotels best suit your style and your schedule. You’ll also see which restaurants make sense for your taste, budget and agenda. The guide has some great ideas for downtime activities too, whether you’re an art lover, a shopper or a history buff. And it tells you how much time you’ll need to allow when traveling to a meeting or to the airport to fly home.

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Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_newsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: top places to travel this year, healthy travel tips and more.

5 Steps to Being an Effective Independent Travel DirectorVirtual-Strategy Magazine  Check out these top tips to being the best.
 Strong Rise In Demand For Premium Air TravelBuying Business Travel   Travelers are increasingly looking for higher quality service- and are willing to pay the price.
Hooked on Healthy TravelHuffington Post   Don’t let a busy travel schedule derail your healthy living efforts.
How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler–  USA Today   This interview with author Christopher Elliot explains how he manages to beat the system and travel smart.
7 Places You Should Visit in 2014Huffington Post   This round-up of top travel destinations may convince you to add someplace new to your trip list this year.

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: the best time to book flights, travel packing tips and more.

JetBlue Posts ‘Record’ ProfitsBusiness Travel News   2013 ended strong for JetBlue, after an up and down year for the rest of the airline industry.

8 Business Travel Packing HacksBusiness Insider   Pack like a pro with these top tips for business travelers.

The Top Four Meeting Trends of 2014Successful Meetings   Check out these trends that may help you plan for your most successful events yet.

Biz Travel Managers Trying To Save Money in 2014Travel Pulse   Travel managers claim their number one priority in the coming year is to save money.

Tips From Skyscanner On Best Time To Book Flights In 2014Web In Travel   Here are a few simple rules to determine the most economical time to book flights this year.

Travel Tech: Network With Feathr

feathrEvent and conference organizers know the value of rapid information exchange. Rather than handing out dozens of business cards at your next event, let your guests connect through the Feathr app. Feathr makes exchanging contact info and reaching out pre- and post-event a breeze by putting all of those choices in one application, making for a more successful and satisfactory networking opportunity for attendees. Organizers can use Feathr prior to their gatherings to encourage people to connect, schedule meetings, send agendas and promote products. Users can easily create contacts and add conversation notes for future reference. Free for iPhone and Android.

Travel Tech: AwardMapper.com

Award-mapper-750x363Hotel points adding up on those various reward programs? AwardMapper.com offers a quick way to find places to use them. Enter the range of points you want to spend and the city you are traveling to and the site will show you available hotels where you can cash them in. Currently, the site offers suggestions for Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Choose as many or as few rewards programs you would like to see to get your range of options. The site links you directly to the hotels’  booking pages for easy planning.

 

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_laptopEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: mobile hotel check-in, the most common business travel mistakes, and more.

Delayed Flights Top Business Travel ConcernInternational Meetings Review   This survey gives insight into what business travelers are planning for the coming year and what worries they have on their minds.

The Top 10 Business Travel MistakesMain St   A few important tips on making sure your business travel goes smoothly.

How To Manage Your Event Guest List CorrectlyBizCommunity   You’ve planned a big event and have covered every detail. But the way you handle your guest list can make or break the party.

How Was Your Stay? Post ItNew York Times   Travel trends change with the times and these days reviews are everything. Get on board with rating your hotels and sharing the good or the bad news.

Hotels Expand Mobile Check-In OptionsBusiness Travel News   Skip the front desk altogether? It’s a reality in many hotels already and more companies are joining the trend.

Travel Tech: Gogobot Travel App

-Postcard_of_San_Diego-20000000006027528-500x375If you have caught the travel bug, Gogobot is worth a try. This app is overloaded with fun and smart features that everyone, from the seasoned business traveler to a family ready for vacation, will find helpful. Start by searching your desired destination. Check out places to eat, things to do, places to stay, kids activities, sites and tours, spas and salons, places to shop and more. You can even search for the nearest place to get a good cup of coffee. From there, users can create a personal profile, plan their whole itinerary and then share it on social media or with friends and family. Looking for somewhere new to go? Try the feed feature where users post pictures and notes about where they are traveling. Or join one (or many!) of the travel tribes- Adventure Travelers, Green Travelers, History Buffs, Luxury Travelers, Nightlife Lovers and even Vegetarians to see where like-minded travelers are going. Users can share their trip notes, create postcards with their photos, add recommendations and reviews and invite friends to join. Planning a group trip? Sign up your friends and share plans and ideas to get everyone on board. Check out gogobot.com to read their blog, enter travel contests and more. This app is brimming with great things to try. Free for iOS and Google Play.

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. This week we are looking back at the last year in travel and at what is coming up as we head into 2014.

The Best Event Planning Articles of 2013 Event Manager Blog   A helpful round-up of the best event planning news and info from the past year, including trends for 2014.

BBT Hotlist 2014: Drivers of ChangeBuying Business Travel   An annual list of what’s hot in business travel.

Top 7 Travel Tips to Get the Most For Your VacationHuffington Post   Start planning your 2014 travel right with some money-saving tips.

Top 10 Travel News Stories of 2013Forbes   Dreamliner trouble, major airline mergers and the rest of what made headlines in the past year.

Travel Weekly Preview 2014: Pointed In The Right DirectionTravel Weekly   A look ahead to what’s happening in the travel industry in the coming year.

Travel Tech: FoodSpotting App

about-stuff-caseTraveling to a new city? If you want a great meal when you get there, the FoodSpotting app may be able to point you in the right direction. Instead of the typical restaurant reviewing app, FoodSpotting rates individual dishes, allowing users to find the best clam chowder, the tastiest frozen yogurt, the greatest pad thai or whatever else they’re craving. Based on the input of other users, including real photos, FoodSpotting makes it easy to see what other people have tried and loved. Search by type of food, restaurant or user to find exactly what you want and what others are recommending on the app or on the accompanying website, Foodspotting.com.  Free for Android, Windows phone, Blackberry and iPhone.

Travel Tech: PointsHound Vs RocketMiles

hotelEvery traveler wants to get the most for their money and their loyalty. Two companies are offering frequent flyer miles in return for using their websites to book your hotel rooms. Both Rocketmiles.com and PointsHound.com let travelers rack up miles on various loyalty programs when they book a hotel. Both sites have some limitations in terms of the frequent flyer programs they work with and the choice of hotels in certain cities, but the miles may be worth the effort. Both sites claim that rewards per booking start at 1000+ per night, and go up from there depending on price and length of stay.