Global and domestic political and social challenges contributed to an era of uncertainty for business travel, but things are settling down and looking up.
Following a decrease in business travel spending in 2016, spending was estimated to grow 1.7 percent in 2017, and it’s expected to rise more than 6 percent in 2018.
While hotel demand was relatively static over the past year, 2018 predictions show a steady increase, and with new accommodation options regularly coming onto the scene, the entire business travel landscape continues to evolve.
According to the Bureau of Transportation, Americans are making 405 million work-related trips per year. To cut costs on these trips, companies — large and small — are moving away from traditional accommodation options, like hotels, and are looking to rental companies like Airbnb, HomeAway and a relatively new company, RentalsCombined.
RentalsCombined is an online booking platform for managed rental accommodations, with more than 700,000 properties available at competitive prices. In addition to perks including instant booking confirmations, last-minute bookings and high-end spaces, the platform offers the peace of mind that comes with a managed property, as opposed to the uncertainties of peer-to-peer accommodations.
Named best online travel app in 2015 by Sabre, RentalsCombined’s properties allow for short- and long-term rentals, ideal for client meetings, team-building activities, relaxation and the accommodation of healthy, on-the-road lifestyles, including high-function kitchens and fitness centers.
For business-oriented travelers, properties are available for rent in major U.S. cities including New York, Miami and Chicago; and European destinations including Paris, London and Barcelona. Properties are also available for leisure seekers in popular vacation destinations including Florida, Hawai’i, Thailand, Portugal and Spain.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Data analytics and consumer intelligence company J.D. Power conducted a survey on the response of the travel industry to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,633 business and leisure travelers in the past year was conducted March 12–13. In general, those surveyed have faith in the travel industry and are satisfied with the industry’s response to the pandemic thus far.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.