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Corporate Compass - Find your way with the 2019 Global Travel Forecast
Corporate Compass - Find your way with the 2019 Global Travel Forecast

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How to navigate business travel in 2019

“May you live in interesting times,” former U.S Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy famously said in 1966.


It can feel like we popped a Mentos in a bottle of Coke. There’s Brexit, potential trade wars, the Antarctic melting faster than a forehead full of black market Botox.

Supposedly, the phrase is an ancient Chinese curse.

But it doesn’t have to be a curse.

Now is also a time of accelerating advances in all fields, that are increasing life expectancy and giving millions of people the chance to do things for the first time like travel on a plane or access the internet. We’re looking at growth in the global economy of 3.4%.

Not bad.

There’s the polarizing stuff too – things that are either going to make the future one long bottomless brunch or truly Dickensian, depending on your views: Bots, driverless cars, and robot receptionists.

And amongst it all, there’s you - Just trying to figure out how to carve out your corporate travel program for 2019.

We’re excited to help you navigate the uncertainties and put you one step ahead with the 5th annual Global Travel Forecast from Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). We uncover market and economic trends, industry intelligence and price projections for the year ahead.


  • Why travel pricing is expected to rise sharply in 2019
  • The technology that will shape the future – From AI and Blockchain to the start-ups shaking up corporate travel
  • Pricing predictions for air, hotel and ground transportation – sliced and diced by region.
  • Top tips and key risks for travel buyers from our experts

Sometimes it’s fun to live in interesting times. As long as you have a proper compass.

Blog author: Alistair Hammond, Global Director of Media Relations, Carlson Wagonlit Travel  



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CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform. Companies and governments rely on us to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow – and across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience. Every single day, we look after enough travelers to fill more than 100,000 hotel rooms, while our meetings and events division handles more than 100 events every 24 hours.