April 2015 News Archive

IATA stats show fall in sales of premium class tickets

The health and wellbeing of corporate travellers is something travel managers are increasingly having to take into consideration
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Less people are travelling business or first class within Europe, according to the latest figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 

While the market for premium air cabins grew by 0.4 per cent in January compared with December 2014, the rise in the number of economy seats was 1.6 per cent. 

In February, the difference was even more...

GTMC attacks major parties' decision not to tackle APD

GTMC attacks political parties for inaction over air tax
Tuesday 21st April 2015

As the date of the general election looms (May 7th), the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) has suggested the manifestos of the major political parties do not go far enough to encourage business travel.

Chief executive of the GTMC Paul Wait stated that while there is widespread support for the high-speed rail project (HS2) and expanding the country's airports, more needs...

UK hotel prices rise, while major European cities fall

Hotel prices fall in Europe
Monday 20th April 2015

Travel management companies (TMCs) need to keep abreast of trends in worldwide hotel pricing so they can help guide their clients.

According to new research conducted by hotel comparison site Trivago, average hotel prices are rising across the UK and Ireland, but falling in major business travel hubs in Europe.

So, while those travelling to Paris will be able to take...

How to save clients money

How to save clients money
Thursday 16th April 2015

In October 2014, the Global Business Travel Association released a paper entitled 'What Drives Travel Managers Satisfaction with TMCs - A Latin American & North American Study'. Perhaps unsurprisingly, cost and savings were the most important drivers for clients in North America in determining how satisfied a client was with their TMC, so what can you do to minimise costs and...

Secrets of successful TMCs

Capturing data is vital for TMCs, research shows
Wednesday 15th April 2015

With an increase in booking channels and hotels looking to entice business travellers by targeting them directly, it is important that travel management companies (TMCs) respond positively by offering the best service possible. 

The Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) recently contacted Marriott when the hotel group announced it would offer free wifi to customers who belong to...

Usability tops Business Travel News Expense Manager Survey

Cathay boss expects business travel boost
Tuesday 14th April 2015

A new report reveals companies with expense management programmes are most concerned about their usability. 

The report conducted by Business Travel News (BTN) examined answers from some 186 readers of BTN and Travel Procurement. 

Respondents to the Expense Manager Survey revealed usability was the most important aspect of a system that tracks, analyses and reports on...

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