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October 5, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: October 5

Samantha Shankman
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TRAVERSE 20 is happening tomorrow and we can’t wait to come together with our colleagues, customers, and community for the online travel and expense summit. We’re looking forward to hearing expert advice from T&E leaders, insights from top companies, and hands-on approaches for today’s biggest challenges. In addition to a wealth of information from across the field, TRAVERSE 20 will highlight why now is the perfect opportunity for organizations to modernize their T&E platform and better prepare their travel program for the future. We’re looking forward to it and hope to see you there.

In addition to joining us at TRAVERSE 20, we encourage you to use our free-to-the-public TripActions Business Travel Recovery™ Tool and our COVID-19 Report in the TripActions Travel Manager Dashboard as you craft a return-to-business-travel plan. These will help you assess the safety of travel, understand any associated government regulations, and use other pertinent real-time data to guide your policy decisions.

You can also explore the most pressing industry topics on the TripActions Community, which offers 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.

Hilton, Hyatt and Others Pull Back the Curtain on Making Hygiene More than Theater [Skift]

It quickly became travel suppliers’ responsibilities to discover, test, and implement the best cleaning practices possible — their survival depended on consumers understanding that it was indeed safe to travel. The process is an evolution, but the leaders have proved to continue to innovate in order to provide the safety measures their customers need to get back to business travel safely.

How Airlines Can Restore Trust In Long-Haul Flying [Simple Flying]

Long-haul flights are usually filled with business travelers criss-crossing the globe, but they’ve also been some of the most difficult to maintain in a travel rebound. Airlines are working hard to reestablish routes in a way that safely transports flyers through the skies while providing the tests and information necessary to also cross borders.

What are the Forces Shaping Airline Distribution in a Post-Pandemic World? [PhocusWire]

Airline distribution was already going through a seismic shift before the crisis broke, yet the pandemic has turned all the underlying market dynamics upside down. This article highlights the four powerful forces that are emerging that will shape the distribution landscape for decades to come.

Grounded by COVID, Road Warriors Contemplate Life without Business Travel[Wall Street Journal]

This Sunday piece examines how the lives of frequent fliers quickly changed in the winter of 2020 and what lessons were revealed as they begin to travel again. The biggest takeaway is that business travel should be as simple as possible and executives and employees should have the support they need and the best technology in hand. They can return to travel with a renewed sense of balance and prioritize the tools they need to do their job, make meaningful connections, and get back home.

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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