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September 14, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: September 14

Samantha Shankman
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As many children are now happy to be back in school, business travelers are equally as excited to get back on the road. The industry has worked diligently to prepare planes, hotel rooms, airports, and rental cars so they are safe and clean. Our customers are also returning to the skies with bookings increasing every week on the TripActions platform.

To support the nearly 500 customers that have signed on with TripActions since the outbreak of COVID-19, TripActions last week announced the release of TripActions Enterprise Edition, which the industry welcomed with open arms.

News of the release was published on BTN, BTN Europe, and Business Travel Executive among other business and travel news sources. Our enterprise customers also shared why they made the switch: to increase traveler satisfaction and productivity, drive safety and compliance, and make their T&E program efficient and cost effective.

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 Travel Manager 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 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.

Mastercard Sees Auto Rentals Gaining Share of Spending on Travel [Bloomberg]

Consumers are traveling again, but instead of using planes and trains, many are turning to cars and scooters. Globally, auto rental’s share of total transportation spending nearly doubled in the second quarter to 17% as consumers kept more of their traveling local amid the coronavirus pandemic.

IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures [IATA]

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) continues to call on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. This article explains how exactly that can be done when the industry works together with real-time data.

Not Every U.S. Airline Is Eliminating Change Fees in the Same Way [Skift]

Airlines’ shifting priorities are a welcome development out of COVID-19, but it’s worth reading the fine print to understand exactly what each airline is planning and how it will impact your business travel in the near future.

How Diversity in Travel Can Move From Ideas on Paper to Leadership Action [PhocusWire]

The act of travel promotes diversity, but that kind of representation has not always been found in corporate boardrooms. The events of 2020 have proven - more than ever - why it’s necessary to have an integrated mix of different voices, backgrounds, and perspectives if you truly want to innovate and serve the larger public.

Hong Kong to Host Four International MICE Events [Business Traveller]

These business affairs are expected to draw about 10,000 high-yield visitors in total and provide a much-needed boost to the economy of the region. It is encouraging to see major events be held in a major city again and underlines event organizers’ confidence in planning high-profile business events in strategic, safe and hygienic destinations.

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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