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.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
The new Hotel Indigo Brussels – City boasts a botanical theme. The hotel in Brussels’ Little Manhattan is located near the city’s Botanical Gardens, making the theme fitting.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
A new culinary destination, Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada, was named on Eater’s annual Top Places to Eat list. The food authority website named 19 destinations around the world, many expected, but some not so much.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.