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Jul 13, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: July 13

Samantha Shankman

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We’re still working to understand how the business travel experience has changed, temporarily and for good, and having patience as practices and protocols shift over time. In order to get a better idea and share that with our community of travel managers, last week we spoke to our fantastic team of suppliers including airlines, hotels, and rental car companies to understand the new normal and what it’s like to travel for business today.

Last week we also touched base with team members old and new around the world as we continue to grow and evolve as a company. Our newest executive is Shaka Senghor, TripActions' new Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, whose incredible life and leadership experiences are of immense value to our team. We also spoke to one of our team members in the Amsterdam office to learn more about leading an engineering time on a pioneering product in a time of crisis.

Although travel is different, we believe that innovation is born of challenge and the future is indeed brighter than the past. The perfect example of that is rail, and we explore the opportunities and challenges for business travel by rail in the latest episode of Open for Business, a corporate T&E podcast.

We’re still walking the path towards the future and getting back to business travel safely and cost effectively. To aid you on the journey, we encourage you to use our free-to-the-public TripActions Business Travel Recovery™ Tool and our COVID-19 Report in your TripActions Admin Dashboard. These 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.

Plus explore the most pressing industry topics on the TripActions Community of 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.

Life After Zoom: Corporate Travel Agents Plot Safe Return to Business Trips [Reuters]

Reuters reports how more travelers and enterprises are moving away from online independent bookings to look for counsel from experienced consultants and TMCs. Indicating an even faster rebound than hoped for, China and New Zealand are already back to 50%+ of last year’s domestic booking levels.

Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions [New York Times]

A third of U.S. states have strict measures in place for visitors ranging from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements. The intensity of the precautions depends on where you’re going and where you’re coming from, and serve as an addition to the now practiced habits of masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. Business travelers should review restrictions before booking trips.

GBTA Cancels 2020 Convention [Business Travel News]

The Global Business Travel Association board of directors last week announced that the 2020 convention, which was scheduled to take place in November at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, was canceled. The organization was unclear about a virtual alternative for it this autumn, but did make note of the 2021 convention scheduled to take place in Orlando.

Corporate Travelers Eye Possibility of Trips, But Need a Green Light from Companies [PhocusWire]

Business travelers won’t be traveling again until employers have determined it is safe and institute the appropriate duty of care programs. As a result, TMCs are driven to innovation and increasing their duty of care services — including the free public-facing TripActions Business Travel Recovery site.

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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