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.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Marriott recently launched its Marriott Bonvoy Events platform; the new site is a tool for meeting and event planners that takes the place of the former Meetings Imagined. The platform provides detailed information about properties, tailored to planners’ needs, with insights and information about the meeting planning industry.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.