E-Mail Saves Time, but Being There Says More
from The New York Times
Over all, business travel dropped sharply last year, primarily because of the weak economy. At the same time, the expanding videoconferencing industry says that remote communications are increasingly replacing business trips. No one doubts that, though the data is mostly anecdotal. But it also reflects a subtle cultural divide between those whose careers have been spent on the road, and those -- typically younger employees -- who are more comfortable with electronic communications, whether e-mail or, increasingly, videoconferencing.
Social Networking Behaviors of Leisure Travelers|
Learn what social networking sites leisure travelers in the US are using for travel and how they share information following their trips. National representative study of 1,000 leisure travelers includes data on trip planning behavior, the process of choosing a destination, hotel brand usage, leisure activities, business travel, and more. Report available for purchase. Contact Laura Mandala: Laura@MandalaResearch.com
Finding ROI a Key Component for Convention, Meeting Plans
from The Business Review
Erin Peschel can’t put her finger on it, but she is cautiously optimistic that after a year of cutting travel and meeting expenses, companies are searching for a balance. “The only way I can put it, is that the business outlook (for 2010) is just different,” said Peschel, director of sales and national marketing for Sodexo Conferencing. Part of the balance she speaks about is finding the return on investment for business travel, she said.
Don't Use the R-Word: Hotels Find Trick
to Business Bookings
from The Wall Street Journal
To attract business conferences in these tough times, some luxury resort hotels have resorted to a sort of strategy of last resort: They're dropping the very word "resort" from their names. That such trivial compromises are needed to salvage business is a sign of the times for luxury hotels and resorts. The industry is in the throes of its worst downturn since the Great Depression, with occupancy at historic lows and many properties facing foreclosure. Resorts must also contend with public backlash against the conferences they host.
Amex Survey Finds Consumers Still Plan on Traveling
According to the "American Express Spending & Saving Tracker," travel remains on the radar of consumers. It tops the list of pursuits consumers rank most valuable to their livelihood and well-being with 72 percent, ahead of home entertaining with friends or family (66 percent), and dining out (60 percent). Therefore, even in the midst of their pledges to become fiscally fit, a number of consumers will continue to travel rather than eliminate it from their budget. More
U.S.-bound Fliers Required to Register
from USA Today
Citizens from 35 countries could be barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights starting in March if they don't register online before flying, according to the Homeland Security Department. The government hopes that registration will flag visitors with criminal records or immigration problems before they enter the U.S. Travel groups worry that thousands of people could be kept from the country because they don't know about the requirement. More
U.S. Security Chief: Airport Scanners Not Intrusive
from The Associated Press
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought last week to allay concerns in some European Union countries over the use of body scanners in airports to thwart terrorists, saying that as the technology develops the devices will be less intrusive. "Some of the privacy issues that have been raised are dealt with effectively by the new iterations of the technology," Napolitano told a press conference after meeting with EU interior ministers. More
U.S. Travel Sees Leadership Void at TSA
from Travel Agent Central
Following the withdrawal of Erroll Southers from consideration to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Roger Dow, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Travel Association, said that further delay in naming a leader for the TSA was unacceptable. Southers, the Obama Administration's nominee, withdrew his candidacy after delays in Senate action. More
Still Waiting at the TSA
from The New York Times
Wanted: a smart, honest, tough-minded administrator to head up the Transportation Security Administration — before the country faces another terrorist threat. Erroll Southers, the White House’s nominee for the job, threw in the towel last week, after failing to tell Congress the truth about a worrying incident in his past. He was right to withdraw. But the post has now stood vacant for a year. And the White House and Congress, which are also culpable in the delay, need to agree quickly on a strong leader and get him or her into place.
The 25 Most Influential Executives
in the Business Travel Industry of 2009
from Business Travel News
Business Travel News editors again proudly recognize the 25 business and government executives whose decisions held the greatest sway over the business travel industry in the previous year. Editors vetted nominations that were submitted by industry professionals, including members of the BTN editorial board and staff. The accomplishments and influence of these executives tells the story of the most significant changes in corporate travel last year.