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March 30, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: March 30

Samantha Shankman
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TripActions is excited to introduce the #PassthePlane Challenge this morning as a way to connect with our many colleagues across the industry and world in this unprecedented moment. As a community that loves the power of human connection and how travel brings us together, we wanted to find a way to connect even while we’re apart — and found the perfect solution.

Build a paper plane and join our community in coming together again, in the safest way possible for today.

We are also connecting at the TripAction Community Forum where we’re addressing the latest news and trends and how it is affecting travel and our communities, by the minute. The most discussed topics last week included working from home trips, travel alert updates, and thoughts on how business travel might change in the future.

In other news, the corporate travel industry and industries around the world have now shifted for their new reality and are thinking and acting on paving the way for a new future. We’ve been inspired by the innovation that we’ve seen and how open-hearted and community-minded leaders have remained. For the most accurate and up to date information on the evolving COVID-19 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 your TripActions Admin Dashboard.

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

Travel’s Path Forward: Business Travel [Skift]

This new virtual event from Skift taking place tomorrow, March 31, will be a two-hour dive into the key challenges, shifts in strategy, and future solutions needed for business travel. TripActions CEO Ariel Cohen will join Skift editors as well as other leaders from travel management companies, buyers, and consultancies. The informative conversation will cover best practices as well as ideas on how to manage these shifts in the future.

Search Data Reveals Positive Trends Although Industry Remains Cautious [PhocusWire]

Organisations tracking travel search activity are feeling hopeful. Travel marketing specialist Sojern found a large uptick in flight searches in mainland China as well as an increase in hotel searches. There have also been positive signs in Singapore, in terms of the volume of hotel searches, although it is for domestic bookings. Since it is a question of “when,” not “if,” people will start travelling again, travel companies must prepare now so they can safely, responsibly, and efficiently get people moving as soon as possible.

COVID-19 and Corporate Travel: Taking Action for What Comes Next [Business Travel News]

Companies are aware that a new way of managing corporate travel will be needed when business travel inevitably picks up again. Here, an industry expert explores the three themes that are most on corporate travel managers’ minds for the future: Safety, reporting, and contingency planning. TripActions has already released a full set of business travel continuity tools to make the present as safe as the future.

How Companies are Handling COVID-19 in Their Communities [Vanilla Forums]

TripActions is dedicated to keeping its communities informed, inspired, and safe each day of these massive transitions, and has partly done so through the TripActions Community Forum. This article highlights how TripActions as well as companies such as SmartSheet, NextDoor, and Expensify that are bringing their communities together online and highlights best practices for others handling crisis communications. Join the TripActions Community here.

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