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Minimizing Risk for Pregnant Travelers

Pregnant travelers face numerous considerations that most travelers do not need to bear in mind. However, with planning and preparation, pregnant women can safely travel to most locations. Expectant mothers should schedule an appointment with a travel medicine specialist at least four to six weeks before travel. The travel medicine practitioner may need to collaborate with the obstetrician to coordinate care and ensure the best travel plan. For women in their third trimester, or those who will be overseas during their third trimester, consider locating a medical facility at the destination that can manage pregnancy complications, delivery, caesarean section, and neonatal problems.

Pregnant travelers, like all travelers, should ensure that they have health insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Be sure the policy covers pregnancy, pregnancy complications, and care of the infant if the baby is delivered overseas. Evacuation insurance, including coverage for pregnancy-related complications, is also recommended, especially if traveling to a remote area.

Vaccinations

Because some vaccines carry the risk of side-effects that could potentially affect the fetus, carefully review the risks and benefits of each immunization. Ideally, all women who are pregnant should be up-to-date on their routine immunizations prior to pregnancy. In general, pregnant women should avoid live vaccines and becoming pregnant within one month of having received one; however, no harm to the fetus has been reported from the accidental administration of these vaccines during pregnancy.

If not previously received, the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended during pregnancy to protect women and provide antibodies to the newborn. This vaccine should be given in the second or third trimester. Pregnant women traveling during the influenza season at their travel destination should be vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine. This can be administered in any trimester and is especially recommended for those with chronic diseases and an increased risk of influenza-related complications. Individuals should consult with their physician before obtaining any vaccination.

Diseases

Malaria can be much more serious in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women. Malaria during pregnancy is associated with many complications including high rates of maternal and fetal mortality. Due to increased risk of severe disease, pregnant women should avoid or delay travel to malaria-endemic areas. If travel is unavoidable, expectant mothers should take precautions against mosquito bites and consider prophylactic medication.

Zika virus transmission can occur between currently infected pregnant women and their fetuses; research suggests Zika virus infection during pregnancy may result in “congenital Zika syndrome,” which describes a pattern of conditions found in babies infected with Zika virus in utero. These include microcephaly (an abnormally small head) and damage to the developing brain, eyes, muscles, and joints. Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome may not display all these conditions.

Pregnant women should take strict precautions against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects in areas that are endemic for arboviruses such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus, and tick-borne encephalitis. Preventive measures include use of bed nets, use of insect repellents, and wearing protective clothing.

Pregnant women are also more likely to acquire respiratory diseases and urinary tract infections. These illnesses may also be more severe in pregnancy. Pregnant women should ensure they are taking basic health precautions such as good hand hygiene.

Food and Water Safety

Pregnant women may be more vulnerable than non-pregnant women to dehydration after developing traveler’s diarrhea or other gastrointestinal infection. Pregnant women should strictly maintain hand hygiene and make prudent food and beverage choices. Pregnant women should only eat food that is cooked and served hot, and avoid cold food or dishes that have sat at room temperature. Expectant mothers should not consume undercooked meat or fish, unpasteurized dairy products, or anything containing ice. Only eat fresh fruits and vegetables that you have peeled and washed yourself. Drink only bottled and sealed beverages. Carbonated beverages are considered safer. Do not use iodine-containing compounds to purify water, as they could cause negative effects to the fetal thyroid. If diarrhea develops, drink plenty of safe fluids.

Environmental issues

Pregnant women may be more affected by air pollution than non-pregnant women. Additionally, as body temperature regulation is less efficient during pregnancy, temperature extremes may cause additional stress and heat stroke or heat prostration, or harm to the fetus. High temperatures may also cause fainting. Pregnant women should seek air conditioned facilities during extreme heat.

Travel to altitudes of 1,800 meters (6,000 feet) is usually safe, if ascent is gradual. A remote location and the possibility of dehydration pose a greater risk for the pregnant traveler. Planned travel to altitudes above 1,800 meters (6,000 feet) should be discussed with the travel clinic physician and obstetrician.

Transportation Issues

Some airlines have rules restricting travel toward the end of pregnancy. Know your airline’s restrictions. Some airlines require a letter from a medical provider stating that the woman is fit to travel and with the expected delivery date to confirm the length of pregnancy. Generally, international flight is not recommended after 35 weeks and domestic flight after 36 weeks. Some contraindications to airline travel during pregnancy include anemia and a high-risk pregnancy. While flying, pregnant women should wear the seat belt low around the pelvis; move around frequently, stretch, do isometric leg exercises, wear graduated compression stockings to help improve blood circulation; and drink non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration.

Most cruise lines restrict travel beyond 28 weeks of pregnancy, with some restrictions as early as 24 weeks. Some cruise lines require a letter from a medical provider stating that the woman is fit to travel and with the expected delivery date to confirm the length of pregnancy. Pregnant women should check their specific cruise line’s restrictions. Pregnant women on cruises should be aware of the risk of motion sickness, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disease, and the risk of falls on a moving vessel.


Week in Review

Eight airlines have flaws in their e-ticketing systems that could expose passengers’ personal information, TechNewsWorld reports. The airlines are sending unencrypted check-in links, which could allow hackers to view or change passengers’ flight booking details or boarding passes. The airlines in question are Southwest Airlines, KLM, Air France, Vueling, Jetstar, Thomas Cook, Transavia, and Air Europa.

China Airlines cancelled 26 flights departing from or arriving in the country from Friday through Sunday, Focus Taiwan writes. The airline cancelled the flights due to a pilots’ strike.

Thomas Cook is conducting a “strategic review” of its airline and may consider selling it, BBC notes.

From using a privacy filter on your laptop to using a juice-jack protector, The New York Times shares tips for safeguarding your information while traveling.

Luggage-storage service LuggageHero recently raised $1.45 million in funding to expand its operations in the U.S. and Europe, Phocuswire writes. The service enables travelers to book storage space for their luggage or bags on an hourly basis.

Are you looking for a new way to compare hotel prices on your computer? According to HotelMarketing’com, Google’s new Price Insights feature allows users to compare the price of one hotel to the price of others in the same location. Users can also see how hotel rates fluctuate by day.

Gillian Keegan, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Chichester, recently shared her unique perspective on the outlook for the business travel industry in a post-Brexit world.

According to BusinessGhana, Berlin-based Germania Airline filed for bankruptcy and cancelled all of its flights with immediate effect.

Amtrak is looking to extend its service to the Long Island region, Business Traveller writes. The company has reached an agreement with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to “jointly study ways to extend Amtrak service beyond New York’s Penn Station to Long Island.”

United announced it will retrofit more than 100 planes as part of a move to add 1,600 premium seats on nearly 250 jets, AP News reports.


Podcast: 2019 Trends: Sustainability, Security and Simple Meetings

The Business of Travel is back. We are kicking off ‘season two’ of GBTA’s official podcast with today’s episode featuring three GBTA members sharing the top business travel trends to look out for in 2019 around sustainability, security and simple meetings.

 

 

Episode guests include:

Aurora Dawn Benton
Founder & CEO, Astrapto
GBTA Sustainability & Responsibility Committee Member

Erin L. Wilk
Global Security Travel Safety Manager & Interim Head of Internal Communications for Global Security, Facebook
GBTA Board Member

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien
President & CEO, Groupize
GBTA Meetings Committee Member

 

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!


Week in Review

Happy New Year! The Week in Review is back in action to provide you with the latest business travel industry news.

In late November, Marriott announced that approximately 500 million guests (who made a reservation at a Starwood property) were impacted in a data breach. Today, the hospitality company downgraded its estimate to 383 million compromised records, Skift reports. Since some guests have multiple records in Marriott's system, the number of guests impacted is likely less than 383 million.

According to BBC, London’s Heathrow Airport and Sussex’s Gatwick Airport will invest millions of pounds in anti-drone equipment that can obstruct communications between drones and their operators. This move follows a drone disruption at Gatwick that caused 1,000 cancelled flights over 3 days last month.

In acquisition news, Flight Centre Travel Group has agreed to acquire Casto Travel’s U.S. operations, Skift writes. The Australia-based travel agency has a mission to strengthen its North American presence.

AirlineRatings.com has released its list of the safest airlines in the world for 2019, with Qantas topping the list, USA TODAY notes. The list also includes the 10 safest low-cost airlines.

Qatar Airways acquired a 5 percent stake in China Southern Airlines on 28 December, Buying Business Travel reports. The airline also holds shares in International Airlines Group, LATAM Airlines Group, Air Italy, and Cathay Pacific.

New York was the world’s top destination for business travel in 2018, Business Traveller writes. The annual rankings from Egencia highlight the most traveled-to destinations for business. London, Paris, Shanghai, and Toronto are also among the top five destinations.

According to Skift, new safety concerns present a complicated challenge for event organizers. From extreme weather to terrorist attacks to widespread disease outbreaks, the duty of care bar continues to rise for event planners.

Singapore Airlines is now offering passengers the ability to pre-book their meal choices, Business Traveller reports. This only applies to travelers in suites, first and business class.

Buying Business Travel writes on the importance of having proper risk management processes and programs in place. Is your organization prepared to locate and help your travelers in the face of an emergency?

According to Business Traveller, the global ridesharing industry is valued at $61.3 billion and is expected to grow to $218 billion by 2025.


Week in Review

Concerns are emerging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is not protecting traveler data after conducting searches of electronic devices, Skift notes.

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy is acquiring luxury hotel group Belmond in a $3.2 billion USD deal, CNBC reports. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

Also on the acquisition front, Phocuswire notes Google acquired Where is My Train?, a mobile app in India that provides train timetables and sells rail seats to commuters.

According to Bloomberg, a Boeing 737 jetliner was damaged midair shortly before approaching its destination on Wednesday. Aeromexico Group is currently investigating whether a drone collided with the aircraft.

Brasil’s fourth largest airline, Avianca Brasil, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, Aviation International News notes. The airline cited rising fuel costs, currency fluctuations and the depressed economy for its difficulties.

Average compensation for U.S. travel buyers remained stable at $108,000 between 2017 and 2018, Buying Business Travel writes. GBTA’s annual Compensation and Benefits study reveals salaries, bonuses and benefits for U.S. buyers and identifies disparities in pay based on demographics like gender, education, region, and position.

According to USA TODAY, Delta plans to ditch zone boarding in 2019. Instead, the airline will board passengers based on ticket type.

American Airlines has started trialing biometric boarding at LAX, AirlineRatings reports.

In other biometric news, Skift notes Hertz has partnered with CLEAR to speed up the car rental process using biometric technology.

The same source reports Travelport is being taken private in a $4.4 billion USD deal.

Last month, airline executives from Finnair, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic shared their thoughts on the future of aviation. The executives discussed NDC and the potential impact that a no-deal Brexit will have on aviation and their day-to-day operations.

According to Business Traveller, Malaysia Airlines is rebranding its first class cabins as business class, though the product is not changing.


Newsletter: diciembre 2018

Mensaje de Kevin Maguire, Vice-Presidente de Operaciones de América Latina para la GBTA


Para GBTA y miembros de GBTA LATAM, 2019 será un año excitante e innovador. GBTA está redefiniendo cómo la asociación hará negocio en todas las regiones de América Latina con nuevos programas educativos y de negocios para la industria, expositores globalmente reconocidos de la industria de viajes de negocio y mejorados webinars y talleres, tanto para miembros directos como aliados. Las sugerencias e ideas de los miembros son muy importantes y GBTA  estará ávida de recibir más aportes de la membresía y formas creativas para brindar valor “real” a nuestros miembros directos y nuestros patrocinadores socios.

GBTA cuenta con una nueva directora para México, Paola García, anteriormente travel manager de AT&T. Paola cuenta con nuevas ideas de programa que ayudarán a involucrar a los miembros existentes de GBTA a un mayor nivel, pero también nuevas formas de abordar miembros potenciales y patrocinadores socios. Una de sus primeras metas es incrementar la participación en la Conferencia GBTA México a 800 personas, con un nivel más amplio de compradores y travel managers, así como proveedores patrocinadores que nunca han participado en el evento.

Segun Paola, “México tiene un potencial enorme para generar turismo de negocios; por lo mismo la posición de “Travel Manager” u “organizador de viajes y eventos” dentro de las empresas, está tomando mayor fuerza ya que esta figura genera ahorros significativos a las compañías, así como información relevante para la toma de decisiones respecto a los gastos de viaje y GBTA es la plataforma perfecta para conocer nuevas tendencias, aprender sobre la industria y desarrollar las mejores prácticas dentro de sus compañías.”

Y GBTA está adquiriendo también un enfoque más regional en América Latina al diseñar cada evento con temas que son replicables en todas partes de Centro y Sudamérica.

El 2019 será un nuevo y fantástico año para GBTA en América Latina y espero que usted sea parte activa del mismo.

 

Conferencia GBTA Lima celebró su cuarta edición

La Conferencia GBTA Lima 2018 ya se ha convertido en uno de los principales eventos de viajes corporativos de Perú al celebrar su cuarta edición el pasado viernes 16 de noviembre en los Delfines Hotel & Convention Center.

Este evento, único del sector Viajes de Negocios en Perú, ofreció a los participantes una valiosa oportunidad para interactuar con los diferentes actores del mercado de Viajes Corporativos.

“GBTA desea que la Conferencia Lima 2018 se convierta en un punto de encuentro entre los gestores y los proveedores de viajes donde puedan compartir sus experiencias y buenas prácticas y actualizar sus conocimientos a través de las sesiones educativas de la Conferencia”, señaló Javier Rosas, Presidente del Capítulo Perú de GBTA.

Además, la conferencia contó con la participación de expositores y panelistas nacionales e internacionales líderes del sector, que abordaron los principales temas que enfrenta el sector.

En Perú, GBTA  lleva 6 años enfocándose en la capacitación y actualización de los travel managers por medio de cursos, días educativos, desayunos de trabajo y la conferencia anual. Además, incentiva la participación de los gestores de viajes en eventos internacionales en la región y en EE.UU.

 

Nuevo estudio revela las altas expectativas que los viajeros de negocio tienen sobre las organizaciones para seguridad de los viajeros

Un total de 8 de 10 (82%) de los viajeros de negocio piensan que es importante para su seguridad para la compañía conocer sus planes de viaje de forma previa y menos de la mitad (47%) señalan que su organización tiene un sistema en operación para capturar sus planes de viaje si reservan fuera de canales corporativos, de acuerdo con un nuevo estudio revelado hoy por GBTA en alianza con SAP Concur.

“La información de reserva continúa jugando un rol crítico en la seguridad de los viajeros y estos también tienen altas expectativas de sus organizaciones en cuanto a lo que se refiere a seguridad”, afirmó Jessica Collison, directora de Investigación de GBTA. “Así como muchos viajeros continúan reservando fuera de herramientas corporativas mediante canales alternativos, la falta de visibilidad que esto crea tiene implicaciones críticas tanto para gasto de viaje como para la habilidad de cumplir con las responsabilidades de cuidado”.

“En  una situación de emergencia, ya sea que suceda un desastre natural o un ataque terrorista, creo verdaderamente que los negocios son responsables por la seguridad de sus viajeros. Reaccionar rápidamente y ser capaz de identificar  y ubicar empleados en minutos, es absolutamente imperativo. Lo que este estudio muestra es que resolver este reto, no importa que los viajeros hayan reservado vía su OBT o fuera de este, la reservación de viaje debe ser hecha visible a los negocios”, señaló Pierre-Emmanuele Tetaz, Vicepresidente Senior & Gerente General EMEA en SAP Concur.

Adicionalmente, el estudio reveló que el 73% de los viajeros esperan que su compañía los contacte proactivamente dentro de las dos horas de ocurrido un evento de emergencia. Esto se da a pesar del hecho de que la mayoría no contactaría a su organización si estuviera en necesidad de asistencia, dejando la responsabilidad solamente a su empresa.

Las expectativas no se acaban una vez que la porción del viaje de negocio termina. Más de la mitad (56%) de los viajeros de negocio tomaron un viaje tipo leisure el pasado año y un 31% espera que su organización se haga responsable por la seguridad del viajero también en los días de leisure.

Más información aquí.

 

Nueva investigación identifica desconexión en metas y políticas del programa de viajes con el comportamiento del viajero

Cerca de un 70% de los compradores de viaje afirman que reforzar el cumplimiento de políticas está entre los aspectos más retadores de su trabajo, de acuerdo con una nueva investigación de GBTA en alianza con RoomItby CWT.

Mientras que los viajeros reservan en sitios y amenidades preferidas fuera de la política, existe también un gran vacío en el conocimiento del viajero sobre la política de la compañía

“Metas del programa de viajes pueden ser difíciles de alcanzar cuando los compradores y viajeros de negocio no están en la misma página”, afirmó Jessica Collison, directora de Investigación de GBTA. “El estudio identifica dónde existen desconexiones entre los políticas de hotel y los comportamiento del viajero y les brinda a los compradores áreas donde se pueden enfocar para conducir incrementos en los ahorros de costos sin necesariamente comprometer la satisfacción del viajero. La comunicación constante para mantener a los viajeros informados sobre políticas, puede seguir un largo camino hacia el logro de las metas del programa”.

“Los viajeros de negocio desean encontrar la habitación correcta en el lugar correcto con los servicios correctos – y estar dentro de las reglas establecidas por su programa de  hotel”, afirmó David Falter de RoomIt by CWT. “Al final del día, tanto el gerente de viajes como el viajero tienen finalmente metas similares para ahorrar dinero. Los compradores de viaje pueden hacerlo al ofrecerles a los viajeros más opciones e incrementar el cumplimiento”.

Reducir los costos del programa, incrementar el cumplimiento de la política y la satisfacción del viajero encabezan la lista de las 10 metas que los compradores de viaje tienen para sus programas de viaje en 2019. Los viajeros, por su parte, también desean amenidades que no siempre están incluidas en sus políticas de viaje.

El estudio también muestra que la inhabilidad de ganar puntos de lealtad podría derivar en la insatisfacción del viajero. Cerca de tres cuartos (71%) de los viajeros creen que si ellos renunciaran a su tiempo por viajar, deberían tener la posibilidad de ganar puntos de lealtad y cerca de la mitad (51%) arriesgarían ser reprendidos por reservar fuera de la política de la compañía si reservan en un hotel donde podrían ganar puntos de lealtad.

Más información aquí.

 

Cuando sucede un desastre natural: ¡prepárese y manténgase preparado!


Huracanes, terremotos y tornados no toman horarios de viaje en consideración. Ya sea que usted esté cerca de su hogar o a medio camino alrededor del mundo, es importante siempre estar preparado para cuando un desastre natural golpea.

Cuando un desastre natural ocurre, la infraestructura será impactada y puede tomar días, si no semanas, antes de que las operaciones regulares comiencen a estabilizarse. Los negocios puede cerrarse; los objetivos caídos, bloquear caminos; el tráfico aéreo ser alterado y la energía fallar. Por eso:

  1. Tenga un plan: esté seguro de tener un plan de emergencia en funcionamiento, que incluye números de contacto para todos los miembros de la familia, así como un punto de encuentro si se separan o es imposible regresar a la casa. Tenga en consideración necesidades que son específicas a su familia, como medicamentos, mascotas, etc. Cuando elabore un plan, si está viajando, trate de evacuar antes de una posible tormenta; hacerlo a última hora puede resultar en opciones escasas de vuelos, de cuartos de hotel y de vehículos para rentar. Si no puede evacuar, tenga presente el plan de emergencia del hotel, centro de reuniones, etc. Esté preparado para seguir el plan si es necesario.
  2. Manténgase en contacto: conozca cómo entrar en contacto rápidamente con sus colegas y seres amados y esté seguro de saber cómo ellos pueden entrar en contacto con usted. Mantenga un coordinado plan de comunicación si están separados y asegúrese de compartir planes  si necesita moverse a una nueva locación.
  3. Manténgase informado: ya sea que un desastre llegue a casa o mientras está viajando, identifique fuentes de información serias y actualizadas. Durante una emergencia, la información puede cambiar de un minuto a otro. Recurra a agencias de viaje locales o medios de noticias para planes actuales de respuesta o información sobre evacuación.
  4. Prepare un kit de emergencia: esté seguro de tener un kit de emergencia bien equipado para acomodar a su familia hasta por tres días y no olvide preparar un kit para su auto también. Si usted está viajando y es incapaz de evacuar, prepárese con agua, alimentos no perecederos e implementos básicos de primeros auxilios para tener en su habitación de hotel. 

Mayor información aquí.


Looking Ahead: 2019 Travel Risks

With 2019 rapidly approaching, as the holiday season winds down, another year of corporate travel begins. Is your organization maintaining its Duty of Care legal obligation? Here are four items to think about for the upcoming year:

  • 24/7 healthcare and security support for your mobile workers
    • In order to operate and grow your business, your employees must travel and work internationally. This means they are often faced with environments that they are unfamiliar with. This level of uncertainty puts them at risk. Even a minor health or security issue, if unchecked, can quickly escalate into a more serious problem. Furthermore, your ability to respond to these risks, can ultimately impact your workforces’ happiness and morale.
  • Automated crises response
    • You know your people are affected by an incident.  You are immediately concerned about them. But you are not in the office. What do you do?
  • Address mental health issues
    • Life as a mobile worker can bring unforeseen stress and strain. Dealing with the complexity of business travel or life abroad can impact your mobile workforce's health and wellbeing. Having an emotional support service to your people when they are traveling or based in a foreign country is an integral part of an organization’s global risk management program.
  • Communicate with impacted people
    • Terrorist attacks, extreme weather, civil unrest. In a crisis, knowing where your people are and ensuring their safety can be a challenge. Having a Travel Risk Management partner can provide support in these critical times.

Having a Travel Risk Management partner  robust travel risk solutions that help organizations protect their people, meet their Duty of Care requirements and save money.


Week in Review

Marriott International revealed that hackers breached its reservation system, compromising the personal data of up to 500 million guests, The New York Times reports. The personal information includes credit card numbers, addresses, and passport numbers.

The hack began four years ago, and the hackers left behind clues that suggest they were working for a Chinese government intelligence-gathering operation, CNBC notes.

According to Travel Weekly, the hotel chain could face a fine of up to £20 million because of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced a new Open Skies-type agreement between Canada and the UK, TravelDailyNews International reports. The agreement will allow Canadian and British air carriers to operate between both countries and give full flexibility on route selection, service frequency, and pricing. It will take effect after Brexit, when the UK will no longer be covered by the EU-Canada Air Transport Agreement.  

GBTA wrapped up its ninth annual conference in Europe last week, with nearly 1,100 attendees from 30+ countries. The hot topics of the conference were automation, fragmentation and consolidation.

During the conference, our Executive Director & COO Mike McCormick and Konstantin Sixt discussed the future of mobility, challenges facing ground transportation and the future of Sixt as a company.

According to TravelPulse, Uber is launching a new minibus service in Cairo. The ride-sharing company wants to alleviate traffic congestion by enticing individuals to use the minibus service in place of personal automobiles.

At the beginning of the month, Conde Nast Traveler reports LaGuardia opened 11 gates in its brand new Terminal B, amounting to 243,000 square feet of space.

Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Waymo launched the first phase of its self-driving ride-hailing service in Phoenix on Wednesday, Auto Rental News writes. A limited number of people can access the app to hail a self-driving vehicle, and each car will feature a safety driver for the duration of the ride.

In other ground transportation news, peer-to-peer car rental app Getaround launched in Denver on Thursday. According to BusinessDen, car owners can list their vehicles for rent through the app by providing a description of their car and setting an availability schedule.

United launched a new premium economy offering for its longer international flights, CNBC notes. The seats fall between coach and business class and come with more legroom, amenity kits, and other perks.


When Natural Disaster Strikes: Be Prepared and Stay Prepared!

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes don’t take travel schedules into consideration. Whether you are close to home or halfway around the world, it is important to always be prepared for when a natural disaster strikes.  

When a natural disaster occurs, infrastructure will be impacted and it can take days (if not weeks) before regular operations begin to stabilize. Businesses may be closed, fallen objects may block roads, air traffic may be halted, and power may be out in your area. Here are ways you can prepare yourself for when an emergency happens, whether close to home or while traveling.

  • Make a plan. Be sure to have an emergency plan in place that includes contact numbers for all family members, as well as an established meeting place should you be separated or unable to return home. Take into consideration needs that are specific to your family like medication, family pets, etc. when creating a plan. If you are traveling, attempt to evacuate in advance of an impending storm if possible. Waiting until the last minute to evacuate can lead to scarce flights options, a shortage of hotel rooms, and a dearth of rental vehicles. If you are unable to evacuate, be aware of the emergency plan at the hotel, meeting room, conference center, etc. and be prepared to follow that plan if necessary.
  • Stay in touch. Know how to quickly get in touch with your colleagues and loved ones and make sure they know how to reach you. Maintain a coordinated communication plan if you are separated and be sure to share plans should you need to move to a new location.  
  • Stay informed. Whether disaster strikes at home or while you are traveling, identify reputable, up-to-date news sources for the latest information. During an emergency, information can change from one minute to the next. Look to local agencies or news outlets for current response plans, closures, or evacuation information.
  • Prepare an emergency kit. Make sure to have a well-stocked emergency supply kit on-hand to accommodate your family for up to three days and don’t forget to prepare a kit for your car, too. If you are traveling and unable to evacuate, stock up on water, nonperishable foods, and basic first aid supplies to keep in your hotel room.

On December 4th, 2018, the GBTA Risk Committee will be hosting a webinar focused on natural disaster preparation and response.  Please join us for additional information and practical strategies you can implement to be prepared and stay prepared when natural disaster strikes.


GBTA Research and Professional Development Update

Are Business Travel Programs Barring Basic Economy?

According to new research, business travel programs are not on board with basic economy fares. These fares were introduced by many airlines last year and are typically cheaper than standard airfare, but come with restrictions. The report, put out by GBTA in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), revealed that 63 percent of travel programs never allow basic economy, and even more (79 percent) configure their booking tool to hide basic economy fares when travelers are not authorized. Delve into additional research findings.  

 

GBTA Announces Formation of WINiT Strategic Advisory Board

In early October, GBTA announced the formation of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board, which will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future of WINiT as a GBTA Board of Directors initiative. GBTA announced its acquisition of WINiT in August at GBTA Convention 2018 in San Diego. More details on this acquisition and initiative can be found here.

 

Mobile Payments among Travel Buyers and Suppliers Still in Early Adoption Phase

New research by GBTA, in partnership with U.S. Bank, reveals that mobile payments among travel buyers and suppliers are still in the early adoption phase. While most travel buyers and suppliers are familiar with mobile wallet and contactless payment solutions, 49 percent of travel buyers are still unclear on the benefits. Learn more about this new research.

 

GBTA & ITM Announce Long-Term Joint Venture

During GBTA Convention 2018, GBTA and The Institute of Travel Management (ITM), the leading managed business travel association in the UK and Ireland, announced the creation of a new London-based event for the managed travel and meetings sector. The new joint venture will kick off with an event, focused on Strategic Meetings Management, that will take place in London on 31 January 2019. Find out more about this partnership.

 

83 Percent of Female Business Travelers Report Safety Concern or Incident in Past Year

A recent study, conducted in partnership with AIG Travel, revealed that more than 8 in 10, or 83 percent, of women have experienced one or more safety-related concerns or incidents while traveling for business in the past year. The report delves into various precautions that female business travelers take due to safety concerns, highlights gaps in managed travel programs, and more. Read on for more statistics on female business traveler safety.

 

Business Travelers Say Loyalty Matters in Hotel Booking

According to new research by GBTA, in partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts, 82 percent of business travelers say loyalty programs matter when making a decision to book a hotel. Additionally, a vast majority (84 percent) of business travelers feel having a personalized guest experience is important. Learn more about trends in hotel personalization and loyalty programs.

 

Upcoming Events

October 30: GBTA Canada Market Call – Canadian Cannabis Legalization and Its Business Travel Implications 

November 6: Benchmark Your Air Travel Policy – Findings from GBTA ARC Research 

November 14: New GBTA Research – Simple Meetings by the Numbers – A Huge Process and Savings Opportunity 

November 26-27: Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ 

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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

IHG® - InterContinental Hotels Group

Lufthansa German Airlines

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Radius Travel

RoomIt by CWT

SAP Concur

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

U.S. Bank

WorldAware

WWStay

Wyndham Hotel Group