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Apr 27, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: April 27

Samantha Shankman

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It’s an exciting time to be in business travel. As the industry overcomes challenges through innovation and collaboration each day, we become more excited about the future of business travel than ever before. We’ve been buoyed by our colleagues and partners and have since explored ways for us to connect.

Last week TripActions CEO Ariel Cohen sat down with GBTA Executive Director Scott Solombrino to talk through his perspective as a technologist and how technology can help find the solutions needed now.

We launched TripActions Academy -- a free series of courses that program administrators can take to polish up on the basics of corporate travel, reconsider best policies, and learn more about how TripActions can supercharge their efforts along the way. Our new Business Travel Manager Resource page, a regularly updated resource hub with in-depth guides and articles to help business travel managers make more informed decisions, also went live.

Last week we also introduced Open for Business: A Corporate T&E Podcast Powered by TripActions: a weekly series of conversations about corporate travel and expenses with big-picture thinkers and decision-makers from around the globe who are driving transformation each day. Our first episode on building a culture and travel policy around wellbeing is now live across your favorite podcast platforms.

We’re engaging deeply in the questions that industry leaders are asking around data, the privacy and security concerns around health passports and contact tracking, the definition of essential travel, and how to best communicate with multiple stakeholders.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on the evolving situation, please look to the WHO Situation Reports and CDC. You can also find the latest on the TripActions Community and within the coronavirus report in the TripActions Admin Dashboard.

You can check out past weekly news roundups here. Now, here’s the top news of the week:

Business Travel Will Be Different When It Returns [New York Times]

We live in the world of business travel, so it is always interesting to see how a global but general business paper of record reports the current situation. The article talks about airports, airlines and hotels taking new precautions and how conference travel will return after individual business trips. But, the article misses some of what's happening that's seen and heard by those who have a front row seat to the innovation and collaboration currently taking place across the industry.

China's Domestic Business Travel Slowly Waking Up [Business Travel News]

Business travel slowly is recovering in China under tight government control and mostly at a domestic level. The country's strategy, which will attempt to restart what previously was the biggest business travel market in the world, could offer a glimpse of how business travel will recover in the future, despite clear differences in how the travel market—particularly airlines—operates.

New Technology Measures Distance Between Travelers in Airport Security Lines [PhocusWire]

Airports are working to ensure those who are traveling maintain a 6-foot distance to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This will become a more challenging issue once travel restrictions are lifted and airport traffic picks up so airport leaders should use this time to prepare.

An example of useful technology comes from a motion analytics company iinside, which has developed a way to use its technology to measure the average distance between people in security lines and the length of time they remain at that distance. Known as SafeDistance, the service is being rolled out for free to seven of iinside’s airport customers that are already using its 3D LiDAR laser beam technology to manage passenger flow at security checkpoints.

Corporate Travel Managers Tackle Virus Immunity Certifications Before Putting Workers Back on the Road [Skift]

Passenger authentication in the corporate travel sector could be ripe for disruption and new products are being created to provide a certification system based on COVID-19 antibody testing. Wide-scale country recognition will be critical for travel managers running international programs.

Another possible solution is One ID, managed by IATA, which proposes a document-free process based on identity management and biometric recognition, and could factor in immunity-based data. The goal is for passengers to identify themselves at airport touchpoints through a simple biometric recognition.

For more news and actionable insights from the business travel community, subscribe to Open for Business: A Corporate T&E Podcast Powered by TripActions on your favorite podcast platform.

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