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October 14, 2020

Inside the TripActions Community: October 14

We are still buzzing from the excitement of having our community together, live and online, for TRAVERSE 20 last week. It was thrilling to see thousands of you join the online T&E summit to tune into discussions around the future of T&E management. If you weren’t able to join, you can read more about the top takeaways here or watch replays of the sessions here.

In many ways, TRAVERSE 20 felt like the culmination of the months of conversations we’ve hosted and been a part of in our TripActions Office Hours and Workshops. It was here that, through the strength and dedication of travel managers, HR professionals, and finance executives, we together found solutions and comradery during one of the toughest periods that business leaders have ever faced.

The good news is that we found our way, and today have the tools, information, and access to data that you need to make real time decisions that help grow your business. We’ll continue having the important discussions that you can’t find anywhere else in the TripActions Office Hours and Workshops, on the TripActions Community, and with our Open for Business T&E podcast. Together we’ll continue to uncover your needs and identify ways to address them as corporate travel managers, finance leaders, HR professionals, and risk executives chart the path forward. Here are the top conversations that we’re having as a community this week:

Most In-Person Meetings to Resume by Q2 2021

In the most recent GBTA poll, nearly half of companies expect in-person meetings to resume by Q2 2021. Here, our community discusses how they’re putting together playbooks to guide meeting conduct post-COVID.

A Cost-Effective New Travel Supplier Pricing Trend Taking Place

CitizenM and a number of suppliers are exploring a subscription-based pricing model for corporate clients that's similar to what airlines like American Airlines has done in the past with its Airpass program. TripActions Partner Marketing Manager Bill Pursell has been following this new pricing trend taking shape among suppliers. He finds it an intriguing and potentially very cost-effective option for companies willing to spend money upfront. Learn what more members of the community are saying here.

TSA Posts Second-Highest Traffic Numbers Since COVID

In another sign of the recovering travel industry, the TSA posted the second highest passenger throughput numbers since the pandemic. On October 8th, the agency screened 936,915 pax. While it is still only 36% of 2019 levels, the growth shows that the industry and businesses are prepared to put travelers back on the road.

Checking In with Your Road Warriors

A recent Wall Street Journal article explores the lives of grounded road warriors and highlights some of the unexpected positive and negative effects of the pause on business travel. The article is a great way to reach out to your frequent travelers and start a conversation about how they’re feeling - no matter where you are in the journey to restarting business travel.

To read more about the thoughts and questions on the top of finance and corporate travel leaders’ minds, join us today on the TripActions Community.

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