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August 12, 2020

Inside TripActions Community: August 12

It’s no longer a question of when we will travel again, but how: What steps are needed to ensure that we can get back to business travel safely? Which suppliers are creating environments that are safe and hospitable? How will we access the data needed to assess the safety of travel and make smart decisions?

This is an effort that spans public and private sectors and includes everyone from airline executives to government officials to road warriors. From our world, TripActions co-founder and CEO Ariel Cohen joined forces with other corporate travel leaders to urge the U.S. government to establish a thorough data program that would provide the consistent, real-time data that the industry needs. This is just one part of an integrated effort including the major changes instituted by our supplier partners that makes business travel a safe possibility now, not tomorrow.

All of this is possible due to the culture of community that was built and fostered throughout the COVID-19 crisis and we’re encouraged by the steps being taken today to move us all forward.

Please, join us as we continue the conversation in our TripActions Office Hours and Workshops, on the TripActions Community, and with our Open for Business T&E podcast. Together we’ll 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:

How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

A concern of business travelers today is how exactly planes, airports, and hotels are cleaned in anticipation of guests. This article shared by a community member does a great job of demystifying the process while answering top questions concerning products and frequency. If there’s anything positive to come of the situation, these accelerated cleaning protocols are absolutely part of it.

Business Traveler Wellness Kits

We expect more brands to enter the market with products specifically curated to flyers’ needs at this specific moment. The easier it is to appropriately plan for travel, the more confidence that both business travelers and enterprise leaders will have booking travel again. Our community members weigh in on whether they’d make the purchase and what would be included in their ideal kit.

Airlines Allow Passengers to Convert Unused Tickets to Frequent Flyer Miles

Southwest is the first to make this move, which advocates for passengers and shows a high level of customer care. Our community members are optimistic about the news and hope other airlines follow their lead.

2020 Business Travel Buyer’s Handbook

Although Business Travel News’ annual publication has always been a must-read, this year’s edition is especially pertinent addressing the challenges and solutions to buying and managing travel at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We Need to Restart Business Travel Safely

Data is an integral part to giving businesses the confidence to start traveling again, which is why the leaders of top corporate travel management companies - including TripActions - have come together to make a case to the U.S. government for a coordinated COVID-19 data program. Community members join the conversation and explain what they’re seeing on the ground.

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

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