Costing the Earth: The lifestyle changes our followers are willing to make for sustainability
We have had better times than the past 18 months. But there has perhaps been one silver lining. A ban on non-essential travel and lockdowns enabled us to witness - for the first time ever - what happens to our environment when normal life grinds to a halt.
3 trends shaping the future of travel
From bubble resorts, to the rise of workcations and a new breed of sustainably conscious consumers, the travel landscape is almost unrecognizable from that of previous years. Decius Valmorbida, President, Travel, Amadeus reflects on three trends defining the near future.
Not Immune to Confusion: Do you need a vaccine to travel?
Changes to COVID-19 travel-related guidelines occur every day. Add to that, traffic light systems and news about new variants, and it’s no wonder that so many travelers find planning a trip a daunting task.
Digital First: Taking a new approach to events
After an extraordinary year (for all the wrong reasons) event producers, planners and marketers are more than excited to get back to “normal”. But leading organizations are seeking something better than normal. For meetings and events professionals, the secret to improvement will be found in embracing a digital-first world.
Speaking Up for Travel: How to get involved in 23 June Travel Day of Action
Across the globe, we have experienced the loss of things we took for granted and the collective power of continued, small actions. By adhering to advice from scientists, all of us have played a part in getting closer to defeating the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital acceleration and social media allowed us to adapt and share information that changed the trajectory of critical decision-making.
Listening and Leading: How Hilton continued innovating during the pandemic
Travel is an unstoppable force, but especially in the early days of COVID-19, the industry was pacing at its slowest speeds in history. Despite the bleak numbers, throughout 2020, Hilton remained hyper-focused on the company’s purpose and over-delivering on customer needs. Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President, Hilton Worldwide Sales – Americas, on a unique period for hospitality.
Back to the Office: ‘yes please,’ ‘no thanks’ or somewhere in between?
The world is opening up and we are well on our way to ‘the new normal’. One of the final restrictions to be lifted will be the opening of offices. Research from Public Health England points out that office spaces had more outbreaks of COVID-19 than any other workplace environment.
Great Expectations: How to prepare your travelers for their first hotel stay
In countries around the world, millions of people – now fully-vaxxed and relaxed - are emerging from the stagnation of lockdown, and booking hotel rooms with a 'Roaring Twenties’ fervor. The U.S hotel industry recorded its best performance in 62 weeks at the end of May. Global occupancy reached 46% in April 2021 compared to 13% the year before.
Terminal Tips: 5 changes to expect at the airport
The vaccination rollout is well underway in many countries, restrictions are being lifted and nations are reopening their borders to welcome travelers again.
Net zero, Carbon Neutral or Climate Neutral? A guide to carbon jargon
Companies and governments are increasingly making commitments in reducing their GHG emissions. Find out the difference between the various terms and how they can be used to set trustworthy sustainability goals in business travel.
Around the World in Four Venues: Top destinations for small meetings
A recent study by New York University’s neuroscience department points to a correlation between new and diverse experiences and enhanced happiness. If we didn’t know that before, we definitely do now. Millions of us have experienced the monotony of lockdowns, and the subsequent first taste of freedom.
Fact of the Matter: A look behind the numbers at CWT
Do you remember that spreadsheet from last week? Probably not. Data can be dull. Many of us avoid studying reports and numbers in great detail because we don’t understand the context or what we need to conclude from them.
A New Store in Town: Building a consumer-grade platform for the business traveler of the future
The pandemic brought about both temporary and permanent change to every industry and every corner of the world and knocked an estimated $8 trillion off the global travel market overnight. Like everyone, CWT had to address the immediate implications, while still preparing for the future, a future now heavily influenced by changing behaviors, tolerances, and priorities.
Meh Busters: How to find inspiration in a fug
An article by psychologist Adam Grant has been doing the rounds this week. He identifies a collective feeling resulting from the emotional long-haul of the pandemic. It’s not burnout, depression, or hopelessness but a kind of foggy aimlessness he calls “languishing.”
Is it safe to travel for business?
The biggest global vaccination campaign in history is underway. As countries around the world look to gradually ease restrictions, it is imperative that organizations equip their employees for a safe return to travel.
Shore Leave: The top 3 remote working destinations, according to our social media followers
One thing the pandemic has taught us is that working from home instead of an office has its perks. Think zero commuting stress, the normalization of working in your sweat pants, and doing the laundry between meetings. It also means that with good WiFi connectivity and the support of your employer, your home office could be located anywhere.
Just the Ticket: How to prevent unused tickets from going to waste
Travel managers play a critical role in managing and recovering unused tickets for their company. But never before have they had to manage such a high volume of unused tickets as over the past year.
State of Play – The future of travel in 3 episodes
After the immense challenges that plagued the travel industry in 2020 and a first quarter of 2021 that saw pockets of growth and vaccine successes, we still need to map a way forward and navigate this brave new world. With that in mind, we look to a few of our recent experts and podcast guests on CWT’s Business Travel on The Fly for insight on enduring trends.
Bridging the digital divide
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that millions of children around the world had to make an instant switch to remote schooling for significant parts of last year, triggering the largest disruption of education systems in recent history. As not all families had sufficient devices to accommodate remote learning, it highlighted the digital divide like never before.