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Jul 31, 2020

TripActions Advocates for Better Data to Restart Travel, Reopen Economy

Samantha Shankman

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According to Oxford Economics, $1 spent on travel returns $12.50 in revenue. With business travel so vital to spurring business recovery and growth, we’ve continued to drive rapid innovation to support our customers and their travelers in getting back out on the road when ready -- including putting real-time COVID-19 data at the their fingertips, surfacing the safety practices of our suppliers in our search results, and automating unused tickets and waivers at the time of booking, among other innovations.

However, ‘when ready’ is very much dependent on enterprise leaders and business travelers having confidence in the safety of travel, including a true picture of what the state of the pandemic is at their trip origin and destination. That’s why this week TripActions co-founder and CEO Ariel Cohen joined forces with TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung and Upside Business Travel co-founder and CEO Scott Case to deliver a letter that urges the U.S. government to fully support a national COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and open data program, including robust funding, clear guidance, and coordination support.

We’ve always believed in the power of data, which has played an integral role in building every TripActions product and feature to date, and especially those that are helping our customers manage through COVID-19. We believe that this data, paired with all of the innovations brought to market, will give enterprises and business travelers the confidence and controls they need to get back to business and travel -- safely and cost-effectively.

We strongly support a coordinated COVID-19 data program that fully funds the following three priorities: Support at the federal, state, and local level to offer robust testing and contact tracing; Support for the timely reporting of all testing and tracing data to a central clearinghouse of information in a standardized format; and Making relevant infection data available to scientists, researchers, and businesses, in open format, to support innovation and increase our knowledge of the pandemic.

As the letter highlights, “the availability and integrity of infection data is crucial for companies and their travelers to feel confident and safe to get on an airplane, stay in a hotel, visit a new city, or cross the ocean.”

If you too are supportive of increased federal funding and coordination for testing, and want to make your voice heard, you can contact your elected officials:

To read the letter in full, click here.

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