December 2014 News Archive

Travelodge refurbishments boost corporate bookings

Travelodge refurbishments boost corporate bookings
Wednesday 31st December 2014

Travelodge is seeing a surge in corporate bookings, driven by a multi-million pound package of refurbishments.

The budget hotel chain is shelling out £57 million on the programme and has so far rolled out its new branding to 80 per cent of properties, following the completion of the extensive first phase.

Significant changes have been made to the hotels as part of the...

US enjoys surge in hotel occupancy rates

Hotel prices are edging upwards
Wednesday 31st December 2014

US hotel occupancy rates climbed year on year in the week from December 14th to 20th, according to new statistics released by STR.

The figure rose by 5.9 per cent to 49.5 per cent for the seven-day period, with the biggest upturn seen in the San Francisco/San Mateo, California region, where occupancy increased by more than a third to 80.9 per cent.

Phoenix, Arizona enjoyed the...

GTMC Quarterly Review reveals rise in air transactions

GTMC Quarterly Review shows big increase in corporate rail travel
Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Demand for corporate travel is growing in the UK, while it is slowing down in Europe. That was the message being relayed by speakers at the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) autumn conference.

It seems there is room for optimism, as these same experts suggested emerging economies could be another area of growth for the industry. However, the GMTC is keen to remind its...

Next year's predictions for the travel market

Airline consolidation has some travel buyers worried
Wednesday 17th December 2014

At this time of year, businesses often reflect on how they are performing and look ahead to see how they can make cost savings in the future, be more profitable and ultimately achieve greater success. 

Travel is a significant expense for many businesses and despite the advent of video messaging, many companies rely on their employees being able to visit colleagues and clients and...

Mergers in US airline market 'not affecting prices'

Airline consolidation has not affected pricing
Wednesday 10th December 2014

Travel Management Companies (TMCs) concerned about saving clients money will no doubt be pleased to hear that the consolidation of some US airlines has not had an impact on the cost of tickets.

At least that is according to Business Travel News, which has quoted various attendees to events organised by the BTN Group on the matter.

Director of global travel services at Reed...

​Helping your clients move towards sustainable business travel

Business travellers may see personalised prices on airlines first
Tuesday 9th December 2014

For many businesses, one of the key considerations in today's environment will be improving their carbon footprint and demonstrating their commitment to sustainable operations.

Companies that can show they keep this in mind throughout all aspects of their operations can find it a great boost to their reputation, by helping convince potential customers they have a strong sense of...

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