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Posts Tagged ‘corporate travel manager’

Congress to ban companies from hosting events and conferences

Posted by TeamITI on March 9, 2009

actionalertWe just took action on this issue and thought you might find it interesting too:

We can’t let Congress be the nation’s travel manager

Sen. Kerry has introduced legislation that would ban all 421 firms including the nation’s largest banks that received money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events.

If passed, I don’t need to tell you the profound impact on the business travel industry and the nation’s economy it would have. This legislation would not only impact the affected companies it would have a chilling, immediate impact on all companies. This hurts travel managers, hotels, airlines, rental cars, EVERYONE!  It is estimated that without the jobs generated by meetings and conventions unemployment would jump from 7.6% to 8.2!

You, as the expert in business travel must educate Congress on the importance of managed travel and the benefits it brings. NBTA has issued a set of guidelines to the U.S. Treasury for effective managed travel based on your practices. You have made travel for meetings and events a cost effective tool that help businesses grow. We need to give these real world practices time to work. We can’t afford negative news stories to drive Congress to manage travel. You have to make sure our government knows that.

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Upwardly Mobile

Posted by TeamITI on October 27, 2008

Wherever you turn, reading about mobile technology, it is clear that the mobile phone has gained a whole new level of importance: being connected at any time, any place with access to anyone and any information needed. In many ways, our younger generation already lives in that new information paradigm. (my teenage kids text instead of call, look up what movies are playing on the phone, send photos to each others phone via bluetooth… and the list goes on and on.)

So what is going on in the business world? Are executives embracing this evolving communications medium? Well, some do and some do not yet; but surveys and current trends point to the direction of full integration of mobile technology within the next 8 years.

While the Internet and computers have won much of the credit for improving productivity, especially wireless telecommunications has become an essential component in generating productivity gains in business. It enables faster and more efficient decision-making and improvements in dissemination of information to stakeholders.

In the business travel arena, corporate travel managers ought to embrace this technology as a major factor to gain efficiencies. A survey conducted by Amadeus has revealed that corporate travel managers are aware that mobile technology is the future of business travel yet few have done anything about it.

Amadeus interviewed 72 travel managers across the world for it Upwardly Mobile survey (click it and download the full report). Here are just two key findings about advantages mobile technology would offer them:

  • tracking and communication of travelers for security purposes
  • boosting travelers compliance levels, aollowing them to make travel changes on the fly from their mobile phones

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