November 2013 News Archive

Move to main airports lures business travellers to Ryanair

Rome is one of the key destinations to benefit from new routes
Friday 29th November 2013

Budget airline Ryanair has announced new routes travelling into main airports in European cities in a bid to attract more corporate travellers.

Like many of its low-cost counterparts, the Irish carrier has built its business model on the lower costs associated with scheduling flights to secondary airports, some of which can be located at a considerable distance from the city...

Rail travel could grow its market share, experts say

Rail travel is likely to grow in popularity
Thursday 28th November 2013

Air travel may currently dominate the business travel landscape, but several industry figures believe the gap between airlines and their ground-based competitors may narrow in the next few years.

Jean Pierre Martin, head of sales at Thalys, says that rail travel may well increase its market share at the expense of flight. However, he adds that as well as competing with airlines, rail...

Hotel booking volumes maintain growth in October

Hotel bookings are holding steady
Tuesday 26th November 2013

Worldwide hotel bookings for business and leisure held steady last month, according to figures from online hotel booking firm Pegasus Solutions.

The number of bookings made through the processing company continued the solid growth trend that has been seen since the beginning of the year. David Millili, Pegasus’ chief executive, says that the industry is still struggling to push...

Travel managers will still focus on compliance in 2020

Compliance will still be a concern for travel managers in 2020
Monday 25th November 2013

Travel buyers and managers expect compliance to remain a significant concern at least until the end of the decade, according to a survey conducted by Business Travel News (BTN).

Close to two out of three respondents said that they believed travel management professionals would be at least as concerned with encouraging travellers to use preferred suppliers in 2020, although nearly one...

NDC pilots are underway

Airline bookings could be revolutionised by NDC
Friday 22nd November 2013

Five pilot schemes to test the New Distribution Capability (NDC) are now up and running, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced.

At the latest World Passenger Symposium, the association which represents most of the world’s biggest airlines said that the schemes are underway, involving a range of participants and exploring different issues.


Business travel demand rises

Demand for business travel is on the rise again
Thursday 21st November 2013

Demand for business travel rose marginally in September, according to the latest Quarterly Review from the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC).

The study found that although the number of individual business travel transactions completed over the month had risen, the cost of these transactions went up at a slightly faster rate. This means that the value of transactions is also...

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