The Business of Travel

rss

The Official Blog of the Global Business Travel Association


Throwback Thursday: Becoming GBTA

2011 was quite a chaotic year – it marked the Egyptian revolution ending the decades-long presidency of Hosni Mubarak, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand, a weeks-long nuclear crisis in Fukushima and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden, Kim Jong-il and Steve Jobs. BBC appropriately coined it “the year when a lot happened”.

On a lighter note, 2011 also marked a big change for our organization. In order to reflect the global nature of our operations, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) became the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in February of that year. Executive Director & COO Mike McCormick and former President Craig Banikowski announced the change and laid out the vision for the organization’s future at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition in Houston.

As we look ahead to our 50th annual Convention in San Diego this summer, we also take this time to look back and reflect on the history of our industry. During “the year when a lot happened”, the travel industry was no stranger to chaos either. Among the things that happened in 2011:

  • January – Restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba were eased (The New York Times)
  • March – The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opens, claiming the title of world’s tallest hotel (CNN)
  • September – Inbound tourism to the Middle East declines in the wake of protests and revolutions associated with the Arab Spring (Euromonitor International)
  • October – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first carbon-composite passenger jet, makes its commercial debut by flying travelers from Tokyo to Hong Kong (Reuters)
  • November – American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of higher fuel prices and reduced demand for travel (Reuters)

For more on the happenings of 2011, check out the Top 10 Everything of 2011 by TIME.  

Stay tuned every Thursday for more throwback posts. Interested in submitting your own memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA. Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts!


GBTA Board of Directors Election: Absentee Ballots Now Available

Make Your Voice Heard
Determine the Future of GBTA
Absentee Ballot Request Process Now Open

*An email was sent from GBTA's Election Services firm last week to GBTA members eligible to vote detailing the absentee voting process for those who may not be able to vote onsite at Convention.*

It is time to start choosing new leadership positions for GBTA. In preparation for the upcoming voting opportunities, please take a moment to review the election materials and platform statements in the Board of Directors Election Brochure 2018.

At Convention 2018, elections with voting by electronic means will be open starting on Monday, August 13 at 11:30 am PT until Tuesday, August 14 at 6pm PT at the GBTA Convention at the San Diego Convention Center. Ballots will only be available online. Results of the elections will be announced at Convention Arena on Wednesday, August 15. Individuals must be Direct or Allied members of GBTA to be eligible to vote. Please note that to vote onsite, individuals must also be registered for Convention by July 31, 2018.

If you are unable to attend GBTA Convention 2018 and vote in person, you may request an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot request process is now open. You may reply to the email you received from Election Services Company on June 28 to request an absentee ballot or click here and write "Please send me an absentee ballot" in the body of the email. The absentee ballot will be available online only.

The Election Services Company (ESC) will respond to your email request and provide you with the website link and code to login and cast your absentee vote.

The deadline to request the absentee ballot is July 13.

The deadline to submit an absentee ballot is August 6.

The positions up for election are:

  • Three (3) Direct Members at Large for a term of three years

  • One (1) Allied Member at Large for a term of two years

We thank you in advance for your participation in shaping the future of GBTA.
 


Bleisure: Tendencia en Viajes de Negocio

Que es el Bleisure y porque cada vez más escuchamos hablar de él. Este término es resultado de combinar business y leisure, o lo que es lo mismo, negocio y ocio. 

De acuerdo con el estudio, Extending Business Travel into Lesisure Time – Bleisure Study realizado por Global Business Travel Association en conjunto con Hilton.

48% de empleados Milenials (nacidos entre 1981-1996) lo hacen con más frecuencia, mientras los Baby Boomers sólo representan el 23%.

¿Qué es lo que lleva a los viajeros de negocios a extender sus viajes de negocio a viajes de placer?
Algunas de las razones por las cuales los empleados convertirán su viaje de negocio a viaje de placer, son:

  • El destino al que fueron enviados les es de interés y les gustaría pasar más tiempo
  • Les parece una manera más económica de tomar vacaciones
  • Sienten necesidad de tener un tiempo lejos de casa y el trabajo
  • Quieren visitar a amigos o familiares
  • Planean asistir a un evento deportivo o cultural

Los viajeros de negocio que hacen viajes de bleisure, normalmente amplían su viaje por un corto periodo de tiempo. El promedio es de tres días y casi la mitad de los encuestados declara haber viajado con compañía para extender su viaje.

  • Como proveedor puede ayudar a las empresas con descuentos corporativos para tratar de mantener a los viajeros en los mismos hoteles e instalaciones.
  • Desarrollar programas de viajes con políticas flexibles para los empleados de la compañía que deseen extender su viaje de negocios.
  • Tener soluciones integrales para ayudar al viajero a sacar mayor provecho de su tiempo (reservaciones en línea, tarifas especiales, alianza con otros proveedores, ejemplo transporte, tours, etc.)  

Estos y otros temas serán cubiertos en la serie de Conferencias de GBTA en las ciudades más importantes de América Latina, si desea conocer como conectar con travel managers y gestores de viajes de negocios de la región, lo invitamos a ver la lista de eventos para el resto del 2018.


Podcast: GBTA Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright - Part 3

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel highlights round three of GBTA’s Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright. You’ll hear from Safely, Stasher and Sanctifly as they deliver their six-minute pitches on why they deserve to be named the “Best Innovator in Business Travel” at GBTA Convention 2018.

 

 

You can download and listen to The Business of Travel in iTunesStitcherGoogle Play and your other favorite podcast directories. Be sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out!


Newsletter: GBTA América Latina Julio 2018

Convención GBTA ofrece tarifas especiales para latinoamericanos

Una razón más para asistir este año a la Convención GBTA 2018, que tendrá lugar del 11 al 15 de agosto en San Diego, California, son las tarifas especiales para latinoamericanos. 

Este año, la Convención cobra gran importancia por celebrar su 50 aniversario y lo hará con conferencistas de gran interés como Kevin O’Leary, inversionista en el programa Shark Tank de ABC y Presidente de O’Shares ETF Investments Financial Group.

La convención reunirá a cerca de 7000 profesionales de viajes de negocio de más de 50 países del mundo y tendrá, asimismo, más de 100 sesiones educativas de vanguardia, la travel expo más grande a nivel global y le ofrecerá enormes oportunidades de negocios. 

Para más información sobre las tarifas especiales, escriba a: jcorrales@gbta.org y para más detalles sobre la conferencia, visite: http://convention.gbta.org/.

 

Aproveche las tarifas especiales tempranas para los eventos de GBTA en Latinoamérica

Durante 2018, usted tiene la opción de asistir a más eventos de GBTA en Latinoamérica. Se vienen las conferencias de Río de Janeiro el 17 de junio, Bogotá el 9 de octubre, Buenos Aires el 24 de octubre y Lima el 18 de noviembre.

Aproveche desde ahora las tarifas especiales tempranas y sáquele un mejor provecho a su inversión. Para mayor información, escriba a: jcorrales@gbta.org.

Ciudad

Tarifa Promocional

Comprador

Miembro

Comprador más membresía de un año

Proveedor miembro

Proveedor más membresía de un año

RIO

EXPIRA  el 25 de julio de 2018

R$200

R$650

R$815

R$1295

BUENOS AIRES

EXPIRA el 18 de agosto de 2018

$55

$175

   

LIMA

EXPIRA el 13 de setiembre de 2018

$55

$175

   

BOGOTA

EXPIRA el 11 de agosto de 2018

$55

$175

   

 

GBTA le ofrece capacitaciones de alto nivel como parte de sus eventos

Asistir a los eventos de GBTA no solo le abre grandes posibilidades de networking y negocios, sino que también lo prepara adecuadamente para enfrentar los desafíos actuales de la industria de los viajes de negocio mediante nuevos enfoques, herramientas y estrategias en los siguientes campos:

Tecnología e Innovación

Descubra las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas que han cambiado todo: desde el comportamiento del viajero hasta las soluciones de pago. América Latina está experimentando muchos cambios, descubra qué productos y servicios tecnológicos beneficiarán más a su programa de viajes.

Gestión de Riesgos Corporativos

La planificación de eventos se ha convertido en un acto de equilibrio cada vez más difícil a medida que surgen nuevas opciones cada año. Explore los diversos obstáculos y oportunidades: desde la selección del lugar hasta la administración de personal y la logística, que son necesarios para lograr el evento perfecto.

El Futuro de los Viajes Gestionados en América Latina

¿Qué tiene reservado el futuro de la industria de viajes de negocios? Escuche a expertos que se encuentran a la vanguardia de la cambiante dinámica de la industria para comprender cómo evolucionará el rol de los gerentes de viajes con la afluencia de la tecnología y otros factores en América Latina. 

Reuniones y Gestión de Eventos

Aprenda a identificar los beneficios y atributos de los exitosos programas de administración de reuniones. Descubra la importancia de conocer a todos los interesados y clientes de una empresa y comprenda la importancia de alinear las metas y objetivos comerciales estratégicos con el programa de gestión de reuniones.

Envie su propuesta hoy: haga clic aquí

 

Bleisure: Tendencia en Viajes de Negocio

¿Qué es el Bleisure y porque cada vez más escuchamos hablar de él? Este término es resultado de combinar business y leisure, o lo que es lo mismo, negocio y ocio. 48% de empleados Millennials (nacidos entre 1981-1996) lo hacen con más frecuencia. Leer más.


GBTA Research and Professional Development Update

Majority of Travel Buyers Believe Female Business Travelers Face Greater Risk on the Road

Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) U.S. travel buyers believe that female travelers generally face greater risk when traveling for business, according to new research released today by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with WWStay. Additionally, 61 percent feel it is very important to consider female safety when implementing risk management programs. Learn more.

 

U.S. Project-Based Business Travel Spend Topped $45 Billion in 2017

In 2017, project-based business travel spending reached $45.4 billion USD, comprising 15 percent of all U.S. business travel spending, according to a first-of-its-kind study from GBTA, in partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group. In total, 66 million trips were taken last year for project-based purposes, representing 12 percent of all U.S. business trips and 19 percent of all U.S. business trips taken for transient purposes. Read more here. 

 

Travel Payment Goes Virtual; Travel Policies Now Overwhelmingly Allow Ride-Sharing

Travel payment is going virtual, ride-sharing is overwhelmingly allowed in business travel and gamification is not catching on, according to new research released today by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with AirPlus International. Learn more

 

Business Travel Responsible for $40.1 Billion in Canadian GDP, Creates Over 573,000 Jobs

GBTA issued a report in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada that reveals the high potential of business travel to drive economic development and business success. The economic impact study found that Canadian business travellers took a total of 35.1 million trips in 2016, up 5.7 percent from the previous year. Read more.

 

GBTA Launches Blue Ribbon Education Panel

In March, GBTA announced the launch of a Blue Ribbon Education Panel to evaluate and enhance GBTA’s educational offerings. A panel of industry leaders has been assembled to determine the relevance of education content, identify educational opportunities and optimize delivery channels with a focus on enhancing the personalized education experience for travel industry professionals. Read more.

 

Innovation Series Returns to GBTA Convention The Innovation Series is returning this year’s annual event. Following last year’s success, GBTA and Phocuswright have collaborated on this multi-faceted program, designed to bring the business travel industry’s most impactful innovators to GBTA Convention 2018. Learn more. 

 

Register for the GBTA 12th Annual Golf Classic

“Tee off” the start of the GBTA Convention in San Diego at the 12th Annual Golf Classic at Torrey Pines Golf Club, made possible by United Airlines. Home of multiple PGA Tour Championships, Torrey Pines sits on Oceanside cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean. The picturesque course allows golfers to marvel at the views of the coastline, deep ravines, and championship golf holes. Enjoy a beautiful day out on the greens and network with your industry colleagues prior to a busy week in San Diego. Register now.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

June 30: On Demand – Corporate Meetings Program and Design 

July 16: ITM Compliance and Cost Saving Summit – Partner Event 

July 17: The Future of Mobile and Chat-Bots in Corporate Travel

July 19: A Look into the Future of B2B Events 

See More Upcoming Events

 

Thank You to Our Partners


  • AccorHotels

  • AIG

  • AirPlus International

  • ARC

  • Avis Budget Group

  • BCD Travel

  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts

  • Carlson Family Foundation

  • Cvent

  • Delta Air Lines

  • Denihan

  • Dinova

  • EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services

  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

  • GBTA

  • Hilton

  •  

 

  • HRS Global Hotel Solutions

  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

  • iJET International

  • IHG® - InterContinental Hotels Group

  • Lufthansa German Airlines

  • Millennium Hotels and Resorts

  • Omni Hotels & Resorts

  • Radius Travel

  • SAP Concur

  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

  • Southwest Airlines

  • United Airlines

  • U.S. Bank

  • WWstay

  • Wyndham Hotel Group

  •  

 


The Evolution of Travel

The next time you find yourself irritated because of a delayed flight, put yourself in the shoes of a traveler in the early 1900s. Before the era of mass air travel began, travelers relied primarily on ocean liners for long-distance journeys, and Low-Tech Magazine notes a trip from London to New York would take three days and 12 hours to complete. Today, that trip takes as little as seven hours and 40 minutes, thanks to the commercialization of airplanes.

From horse-drawn carriages in the 18th century to gas-powered automobiles in the 19th century to flying around the world at a moment’s notice today, the way we get around has altered dramatically. The below timeline highlights a few milestones throughout the history of travel, courtesy of the University of Houston, CNN, Motor Trend, and Daimler.

 

1769 – Nicolas Cugnot invents the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transport

Steam-powered car invented by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot

Image Source: PBS LearningMedia

 

1885 – Karl Benz creates the first gas-powered automobile 

The original "Benz Patent Motor Car", 1886 - the world's first automobile

Image Source: Daimler

 

1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made history by completing the first-ever manned, heavier-than-air flight

https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/images/fly/1903_banner_right.jpg

Image Source: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

 

1952 – The de Havilland Aircraft Company debuted the world’s first commercial jet flight, a 23-hour trip between London and Johannesburg

Image Source: Finding Dulcinea

 

1964 – Japan launches the bullet train, a high-speed rail that reaches up to 210 km per hour

World's first bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50

Image Source: Phys.org

 

1969 – The first Boeing 747 flight took off, traveling nearly twice as far as other commercial planes

Image Source: Aviation Week Network

 

1990 – Mazda produces the Eunos Cosmo, the first car with a built-in navigation system

https://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2013/01/1993-Eunos-Mazda-Cosmo-front-left-view.jpg

Image Source: Motor Trend

 

1996 – The launch of booking site Expedia opened up the door for online travel bookings

Image Source: Tnooz

As travel has evolved and increasingly connected our world, so has our Association. Over the years, GBTA has provided a platform for managed travel professionals to share best practices, policies and solutions to the industry’s greatest issues. While these posts are meant to look back and reflect on our history, we look forward to what the future holds, for both our organization and the travel industry.

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts! Interested in submitting a Convention memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA.


Revision of EU Air Services Rules: Business Travelers Highlight Key Issues of Concern

GBTA Urges EU Institutions to Effectively Deal with Price Transparency in Aviation

GBTA welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the on-going policy debate on the EU aviation market, launched by the European Commission in the context of its evaluation of European rules governing competition in the internal aviation market.

On 7 June, GBTA submitted its answers to the public consultation launched by the European Commission in this context, and highlighted key issues to be addressed, in particular the need for fair and transparent ticket price policies to be implemented for the benefit of business travelers and the companies they work for.

GBTA stressed that several disruptive practices by airlines, such as unilateral decisions to impose surcharges on bookings made through Global Distribution Systems (GDSs), the increased use of loyalty programmes to outreach directly to travelers and price discrimination on the basis of a traveler’s residence, result in costs increases for business travelers and disruptions in corporate travel management.

Given its contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation, GBTA looks forward to the results of this consultation, and is ready to continue to cooperate with the European Commission on evaluating the benefits and challenges to address in the aviation market in order to ensure that business travelers’ specific concerns are taken into account in any future revision of EU rules.


Brexit: Business Travelers Concerned by Threatening “No Deal” Prospect

The Clock is Ticking: GBTA Reiterates Call to EU and UK Brexit Negotiators to Agree on Withdrawal Issues and Quickly Start Discussing Future Relationship & Aviation

A few months ago, GBTA commented positively on progress achieved at the March 2018 meeting, where a way forward was finally found on Withdrawal issues, namely Citizens’ rights, the Northern Ireland border and the financial settlement. GBTA also positively welcomed the agreement found on the length of transition period, which provided some reassurance to businesses and their business travelers.

However, looking at the way negotiations have unfolded since then, GBTA’s hope that decision makers will make good progress and start negotiating the EU-UK future trade deal is fading. Despite what was announced this March, and as demonstrated by the Joint EU-UK Statement assessing the progress of negotiations published on 19 June, only minor achievements have been made and Northern Ireland continues to be a sticking point, preventing the EU and UK negotiators from moving forward on trade and aviation issues.

This has created a highly uncertain situation for business travel, and uncertainty is never good for business. Therefore, in advance of the 28-29 June EU Summit, the business travel industry calls upon European institutions to carefully consider the implications of this uncertainty for businesses and commit to rapidly opening up negotiations on the future EU-UK trade deal as well as on the future EU-UK future aviation deal.

A seamless transition towards a sound aviation deal is crucial for the economy, businesses and the business travel industry. Prospects of Brexit for aviation are alarming: obstacles for UK airlines to operate in the EU and with the rest of the world, reduced connectivity and travel choices as well as risks to travel safety and security if the UK leaves the European Agency for Aviation Safety. The practical effect of a failure to reach an agreement would be the immediate suspension of flights between the UK and the European Union.   

The EU and UK economies cannot afford a no deal. Neither can businesses nor business travelers. This is why GBTA remains committed to being involved every step of the way to advocate for the best interests of our industry.

 


Podcast: GBTA Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright - Part 2

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel highlights round two of GBTA’s Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright. You’ll hear from Gaest, Waylo, and GermFalcon as they deliver their six-minute pitches on why they deserve to be named the “Best Innovator in Business Travel” at GBTA Convention 2018.

 

 

You can download and listen to The Business of Travel in iTunesStitcherGoogle Play and your other favorite podcast directories. Be sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out!