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Jul 27, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: July 27

Samantha Shankman

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If we’ve learned anything in the past few months, it’s that our systems and tools should be designed to handle the unexpected which is why we’re seeing an increase in interest in our modern, tech-forward corporate travel and expense management platform. Enterprises have realized that they no longer have to maintain the status quo or compromise with their antiquated legacy T&E tools. They can make the switch to TripActions as a single trusted partner that is a best-in-class online booking tool, travel agency, and payments and expense solution in one..

TripActions did not come about by accident. In last week’s podcast, we sat down with TripActions Co-founder & CTO Ilan Twig to hear the inside story of how the company worked around the clock to deliver rapid innovation for its customers with new products and features to manage through COVID. We also heard from the road warriors who never stopped traveling on why hospitality is at an all-time high and why now is actually a great time to travel if done responsibly.

But we’re not stopping. As you’ll read in the news below, the industry is constantly innovating and adjusting for the reality of corporate travel today. Our product and engineering teams are working alongside our customers to make sure that you and your travelers have the information you need to make smart choices in getting back on the road safely and cost-effectively.

We’re with you every step of the way and 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. You can also 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.

US Senator Introduces Bill Mandating Masks and Blocking Middle Seats [Simple Flying]

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley hopes to make specific coronavirus safety measures law through the introduction of a new bill. The Maintaining Important Distance During Lengthy Epidemics (MIDDLE) Act of 2020 makes face masks mandatory while also banning the sale of middle (and adjacent) seats while the coronavirus situation continues.

Amtrak Passengers Now Face Removal from Trains for Not Wearing Masks [USA Today]

Amtrak last week joined U.S. air carriers in tightening face mask requirements, saying passengers could be removed or banned from its trains for non-compliance. The move follows domestic air carriers, which this week eliminated or narrowed exceptions to their mask requirements. Amtrak projects only half the number of passengers will ride the trains in 2021 as did in 2019.

Competitive Cleanliness? Meeting Venues Race for Credentials [MeetingsNet]

Meeting and event facilities are racing to announce that they’ve implemented “the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfecting.” The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation has become a necessity for convention centers hoping to lure businesses back — which is a good thing for everyone involved.

Unused Airline Tickets are Driving Corporate Travel Agencies Crazy Right Now [Skift]

Unused tickets and waivers became a challenge for corporate travel managers as soon as the cancellations began in March. TripActions heard the needs of its customers and built a new feature which automatically applies unused tickets and waivers at the time of online booking to help customers on their path to business and economic recovery.

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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