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May 21, 2020

The Corporate Travel News You Need to Know

Samantha Shankman

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After months of patience and planning, we’re ready to get back to business and business travel safely. To help make this transition as smooth as possible, TripActions has developed new product features and functionality to help execs, travel leaders, and road warriors make decisions about the safety of travel when it inevitably returns. This includes providing the latest location-specific COVID-19 data, local government restrictions at origin & destination, and trends on business travel flight activity to the top global destinations. We’re excited to walk the path forward towards business travel recovery with you. Explore the new products and tools today.

Also this week, TripActions released a Business Travel & Expense Management Resource Center for finance and procurement executives to help them specifically navigate the coming weeks. We also dove deep into strategies that ensure no money is left on the table when it comes to unused tickets and waivers on the TripActions podcast. Curious what this all looks like in action? Our latest video with TripActions customer and partner Twilio highlights how they leveraged TripActions to connect their global and distributed workforce before and after the pandemic.

The world is slowly reopening for travel with restrictions around mandatory quarantines and international borders opening for the first time in four months. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on the evolving situation, please look to the WHO Situation Reports and CDC. You can also find the latest on the TripActions Community and within the coronavirus report in the TripActions Admin Dashboard.

You can check out past weekly news roundups here. Now, here’s the top news of the week:

Possible Futures for a Post-Pandemic Travel Industry (PhocusWire)

The industry is writing the future as it happens, and this article lays out four possible outcomes based on trends and opportunities across business travel, heath practices, and consumer preferences.

Travel’s Reopening: A Global Timeline From the Skift Team [Skift]

As the world is opening for travel again, one step at a time, Skift has created a Global Travel Reopening Timeline to plot the news events about the reopening of various travel sectors around the world, in order to better explain the when and the where of how the reopening and potential recovery of travel goes from here. We’re excited for the month ahead.

The World of Private Travel Offers Social Distancing in the Sky [Washington Post]

The corporate aviation industry generates $15 billion per year to manage all the logistics of private business flights. But what was once considered luxury could be considered a necessary precaution for those that can afford it. Despite a dramatic drop in commercial flights, there are still hundreds of thousands of private flights taking off monthly.

TSA Should Expand Types & Quantities of Sanitizers Permitted as Carry-On [TravelDaily News]

Similar to after 9/11, we are going to see a shift in TSA regulations around what is and is not allowed on aircraft in order to optimize the safety of all staff and passengers. This article suggests that for multi-hour domestic and even longer international flights, there will expectantly be a need for multiple types and quantities of sanitizing products available for use. TSA should adopt new rules around this as soon as possible.

Travel Startups Find New Stars Among the Industry-Wide Layoffs [PhocusWire]

There is a shakeup of talent and resources among many travel startups, which bodes well for everyone involved. This serious crisis is also an opportunity for everyone in the industry to work together to find a path forward. As new companies emerge, there will be talent to help them achieve their goals.

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