By Nigel J. Rodgers, Editor for Hoteliers.com A woman climbs out of bed in a dim, air-conditioned hotel room, she steps onto the balcony and is greeted by the warmth of the morning sun and the scent of sea salt, she’s not on vacation; she’s on a business trip. According to a survey by Virgin Airlines, 61 percent of business travelers enjoy their job; traveling for work is a luxury. The U.S. Travel Association states that there were over 452 million business-related flights taken in 2013. Those numbers will continue to increase. This means that business travelers make up a large portion of guests at hotels. Business travelers are all about efficiency, so it is the hotelier’s responsibility to ensure that the guest is well-taken care of and that everything runs smoothly. To do this, a hotelier must understand their business traveler guests. Hotel businessman Sanjay Nijhawan states that one of the common trends in business travelers is the
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By Michael B. Baker, Business Travel News Editor Atlanta - Lower fuel prices have moderated airfares and could lower them further should fuel prices stay low, Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian said on Monday at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives Global Corporate Travel Conference here. "If we're going to see fuel staying at the $50 to $70 trading range, you'll see prices fall," Bastian said in an acknowledgment of analysts’ recent assertions. "With lower fuel costs, it's natural you're going to find more capacity coming into the marketplace because it's efficient to fly, and it's going to put a ceiling on pricing." Though airline fuel-hedging strategies have delayed the impact of fuel prices on fares—Delta so far has enjoyed "about 50 percent of the benefit" on its bottom line from lower fuel costs, Bastian said—Delta's year-over-year unit revenues are flat to down across the board, he said, indicating that fares have modulated.
Charisse Jones, USA TODAY Businesses have opened the spigot when it comes to corporate travel, boosting the number of trips their staffers take. But employees say they still have to pinch pennies on the road. Coach is still king when it comes to flying. Expense accounts remain tight. And the choice of hotels tends to fall in the middle of the pack. "At a company level ... things are in a lot of ways getting better,'' says Phil Bush, a member of USA TODAY's panel of Road Warriors who does sales consulting and lives in Atlanta. "But there's no loosening up of anything, because they're trying to make more money, and all we are is expenses. I'm not saying that negatively. It's just a fact.'' After plunging during the depths of the recession, corporate trekking and spending is on the rise. The Global Business Travel Association's (GBTA) most recent business travel forecast for the USA predicted
By Dan Kedmey, Time Magazine Odds are you use no more than two travel apps to get from point A to point B, and that’s fine — surveys show you’re not alone. But consider for a moment these 10 travel apps, which can shave time and money off your next journey and help you sniff out a few hidden gems to boot. They’re all free and just one download away from making your next trip smooth sailing. Hopper Hopper predicts the optimal time to snag a flight deal by analyzing billions of airfares daily and picking out those brief moments when a price drops below its historic average. Travelers with flexible dates can use Options Away Of course, no forecast is perfect. Options Away essentially gives flyers insurance for missed deals. For a small fee, users can lock in an airfare two days to three weeks ahead of the purchase. If the airfare drops, they automatically get the cheaper
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