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August 24, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: August 24

Samantha Shankman
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With September on the horizon, we’re excited to see the industry starting to travel again and remain enthusiastic about the progress being made with better data and information.

We are working day and night to ensure that frictionless business travel management is available at our customers’ fingertips. Last week we announced a deeper integration with Okta’s SCIM, or system for cross-domain identity management, to reduce the time and effort needed in setting up and maintaining user accounts while also improving security of employee data. We also reviewed our Business Travel Continuity Tools inside the TripActions Academy to help our travel managers stay on top of the latest technology. These are the incremental innovations that are changing business travel for the better and turning a challenge into an opportunity that has the potential to forever shift corporate travel.

While doing our part within the TripActions product, we’re also looking at the fundamental shifts taking place across the economy and the travel industry. It is clear that the future will not look like the past. In the latest TripActions guide, we look at how the role of business travel will change in companies with now largely remote operations.

As you decide on your return to business travel plan, we encourage you to use our free-to-the-public TripActions Business Travel Recovery™ Tool and our COVID-19 Report in the TripActions Admin Dashboard. These will help you assess the safety of travel, understand any government regulations associated with travel, and use other pertinent real-time data to guide your business and travel policy decisions.

You can also explore the most pressing industry topics on the TripActions Community, which has valuable insight from travel managers, finance leaders, HR professionals, and others.

Now, let’s dive into what’s happening across the industry today. You can check out past weekly news roundups here.

Airports Push for New Contactless Tech and Automation as Budgets Shrink [Skift]

The airport sector would be prudent to invest in contactless tech and automation, but shrunken budgets alongside swollen costs for masks, health screening, and extra cleaning might make quick innovation difficult. Ultimately, however, these investments will bring about the next era of air travel.

More Companies Ready to Get Business Travel Back on the Road [Business Traveler]

Domestic business travel is steadily rebounding as more companies restart business travel operations, according to the latest poll by GBTA. While U.S. companies are still largely staying stateside, Europe-based companies are ready to engage in international travel.

Q&A: How Border Control Technology Could Ease the Spread of COVID-19 [PhocusWire]

The return to an open and robust air travel industry is dependent on many factors including containment of the virus, development of vaccines, a resumption of corporate travel, strong consumer confidence, the lifting of travel restrictions, and accurate data. Technology will help facilitate this process by enabling contract tracing that correlates passenger data with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Why Business Class Will Be in High Demand Once Travel Picks Up [Simple Flying]

As travel picks up, we will likely see business class in high demand across many airlines. Now, more than ever, passengers are concerned about having personal space and avoiding contact with others — making business class worth the extra costs even with reduced service.

Pandemic Could Spark Surge of Contactless Payments [Business Travel News]

With hygiene and safety concerns top of mind for companies and their employees when business travel resumes, contactless corporate payments are gaining significant traction — and travel and expense departments stand to benefit in a big way from contactless finally making contact.

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 and join the TripActions Community.

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