Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Business Travel Begins Shift from Europe to Asia

A recent article in the African Business Review by Melissa Rudd, discusses where the highest average hotel rates can be found worldwide.  With cities such as Istanbul seeing a dramatic rise in pricing over the last few years, it appears that a shift is beginning to emerge that finds business travel to Asia gaining popularity over Europe. 

Although Europe still appears to dominate much of the higher-end hotel market for business travel, Asia may not be far behind for much longer.

http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/money_matters/just-how-costly-are-your-hotel-expenses

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Regulations Could Strengthen U.S. Ties with India

According to an Indian news source, new regulations could soon appear that would make visa renewal for qualified Indian applicants working or studying in the U.S. a much easier process.  Such changes could not only help bolster the U.S. economy, but also strengthen the relationship the U.S. has with India. 

For more on this article: http://twocircles.net/2012mar22/us_allays_indias_visa_concerns_backs_easier_business_travel.html

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Technology Aimed at the Business Traveler

With today being the Spring Equinox, we felt that our blog deserved a more upbeat and lighthearted look at the world of business travel.  Grace Nasri of Reuters recently published an article detailing the top 5 gadgets currently making trips a bit easier on business travelers.  Although the suggestions are not officially endorsed by Reuters, we felt that they were well thought out and very much worth mentioning.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/uk-business-travel-gadgets-idUSLNE82I02T20120319

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Sunshine Week!

This week celebrates the freedom of information provided by the Sunshine laws, which were granted to all U.S. Citizens in the mid 70s.  The Sunshine laws were created to provide greater transparency into government processes, so the public could be made more aware of the laws and rulings that affected them most.

As a company that must adhere to many government-mandated regulations including the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, (PPSA) which will soon take effect, we proudly support this week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rebounding Economies Push Hotel Rates Higher

Rob Gill of Air and Business Travel News discusses a recent survey by Hotels.com in which the hotel booking agency calculated a 4% overall increase globally in hotel rates in 2011 as compared to the previous year. http://www.abtn.co.uk/news/1317104-business-travel-recovery-fuels-hotel-price-rises

The rise in hotel rates, although potentially discouraging to travelers, serves as a positive marker for the global economy.  With certain countries in particular, higher hotels rates serve to be very indicative of their increasing growth and expansion. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Travel Groups Look to Expand Into Africa

For many business travelers, the idea of flying to Africa on business may not seem like a very typical trip.  A number of travel groups are looking to change that, however, with plans aimed at expanding into parts of Africa in the near future.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/uk-hotels-africa-idUSLNE82802J20120309

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hotels Now Catering to Women in Business

With the number of women that travel for business increasing significantly over the past decade, numerous hotels have begun to offer exclusive female-specific features.  Flowers, powerful hairdryers, and steam irons are just a few of the added amenities that hotels are equipping their rooms with in order to attract a larger number of female business travelers.  Check out the full article from CNN:  http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/07/business/women-hotels-business-travelers/index.html

Are you a female business traveler? Let us know what you think about these added amenities? Would you choose a hotel that offered such services versus one that did not?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Increased Transparency for Canadian Government Officials

With increased transparency becoming an ever-present theme for government officials in the U.S., Canada is also taking steps to make more information available to the public regarding government spending habits.  http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/councillors-expense-reports-now-on-display-140406653.html

By making information more readily available to the public, an automated expense management system would be of great benefit to numerous government entities by allowing them the ability to easily track, monitor, and create reports on all travel and expense-related spending.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Business Travel Show to Return to CNN

There is exciting news today for business travelers that came in the form of an announcement from CNN international, in which they disclosed the return of their "CNN Business Traveller" program to their international channel beginning in March.  The award-winning program, hosted by Richard Quest, will take an in-depth look at what it takes to get a leg up on the competition when it comes to making the most of a business trip. 

For more information about when and where the show will air please visit: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/02/award-winning-cnn-business-traveller-returns-to-cnn-international-in-march/