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January 6, 2020

Top Business Travel News This Week

Samantha Shankman
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The corporate travel industry is getting back to business after the winter holiday break -- and there is already news to catch up on after two weeks of keeping our feet on the ground.

Here at TripActions, we outlined nine new year resolutions for corporate travel managers, announced a new TripActions integration for ADP Workforce Now®, and looked at how and why road warriors can eat healthier on the road in the new year.

In the broader industry, stakeholders took the opportunity to reflect on the past and coming year with predictions and analysis on what is to come for business airfares, airline safety, and corporate travel competition. An unprecedented season of wildfires may also impact business travel to Australia.

You can review all of our weekly news roundups here.

Now, to start the new year with all the news there is to now, here’s the top news of the week:

Bold and Outrageous Predictions for the Travel Industry in 2020 [Skift]

The Skift team of editors and reporters to come up with predictions for 2020 including a number of surprising ideas for what's to come in the corporate travel space. Will Salesforce enter the corporate travel industry? Will small upstarts be snatched by their competitors? We are skeptical which of these prove true for the corporate travel industry and beyond.

With the Australia Fires, Is It Safe to Travel There? [CNN]

An unprecedented wildfire season currently raging Australia is the worst on record. Although the country's most populated business centers Sydney and Melbourne are located along the eastern coast - in the states hit hardest by the fires - reports show that the cities are still safe to visit. Business travelers with upcoming trips to Australia should stay abreast of all local news before boarding a flight. Reuters reports that some hotels in Sydney have seen a double-digit drop in room reservations since the wildfires started in December.

These are the Safest Airlines to Fly, According to New Report [Travel+Leisure]

AirlineRatings.com compiled a ranking of the 20 safest airlines to fly in 2020 based on data from 405 different airlines. Although road warriors bemoan the state of air travel today, it is safer to fly today than any other point in history. Many of the airlines on the top 20 list operate the long-distance flights that global business travelers need in today's modern world. See the full list here.

The Best-Funded Travel Startups through the End of 2019 [Skift]

A fascinating look at the 10 most funded travel startups around the world. The majority are focused on the hospitality and online travel sectors, but we are excited by the growth and opportunity for innovation that ́s present throughout the global travel industry.

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