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Be A Greener Guest: 5 Easy Tips For Hotel Stays

The travel industry’s response to climate change remains high on the global agenda at the start of 2020. According to global travel intelligence publisher Skift, 73% of Gen-Z travellers agree it’s important to choose travel businesses that prioritise environmentally sustainable practices. Indeed, the world is entering a new age of travel defined by eco-minded leisure […]

Travelling Often? Here are 5 Tips For Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint

Frantic business travel schedules and the resultant footprint jet setting leaves behind is an uncomfortable truth, however, there are steps travellers can take to counterbalance emissions and be a part of the solution.

FareStar: Minimise the Cost, Maximise the Experience

FareStar is helping organisations large and small unlock value that goes far beyond basic business travel management with a solution that creates air travel savings of up to fifty percent.

The Case for Bleisure: Three Things to Consider in a Work Travel Policy

Newer research by Expedia found global bleisure travel is up 40% since 2016 – a sure sign that the trend of corporate travellers who indulge in the places they travel to for work, is not slowing down.

Five Ways SAATM will Make Business Travel in Africa Better

The Single African Air Transport Market, or SAATM, draws similarities with the EU–US Open Skies Agreement; the latter allows any airline of the European Union and any airline of the United States to fly between any point in the European Union and any point in the United States.

RUNWAY, RAILWAY OR ROADWAY?

In today’s international business world 24/7 connectivity is a prerequisite, speed is a virtue and, more often than not, face-to-face interaction across continents is the deal-breaker. The quickest, easiest and most utilised form of business travel is by air.

New destination, new risks?

Although globalisation and the internet have made sourcing overseas suppliers relatively easy, it does not always help you in determining whether they are legit or trustworthy.

THE SAFETY OF YOUR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS IS YOUR BUSINESS

Statistics from over 22 500 sources state that, worldwide, commercial airlines carried over 4.3 billion passengers on scheduled flights in 2018. Given the proliferation of companies exploring and conducting businesses in foreign destinations, a significant percentage of these passengers are frequent-flyer business travellers. In South Africa, with 40% of air travel being for business purposes, […]

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR MOST VALUED ASSETS

The successful growth of an increasing number of companies depends on their employees regularly searching for, discovering and securing business in foreign destinations.

THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL PAYMENT – VIRTUALLY HERE!

It’s an indisputable fact that an ever-growing majority of people, via their smartphones, are living lives of instant gratification. It’s also a fact that the number of business travellers worldwide is increasing, while their average age is decreasing.

DATA SECURITY – PREPARE FOR ‘WHAT IF?’

The phrase, ‘What if?’ implies being faced with situations, the outcomes of which are unknown. Doing business in foreign lands is fraught with ‘What ifs?’. In today’s high-risk and competitive environments, such situations include potential data breaches. What if, at airport customs, business travellers are ordered to hand over their devices – laptops, tablets and/or […]

WHO BENEFITS FROM YOUR 30-DAY TRAVEL ACCOUNT?

There has been quite a stir around the topic of travel procurement, following a recent Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Conference.

IS YOUR TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES?

Travel Management Companies have long been the centre of controversy when it comes to variable rates and service fees charged. It only takes one TMC to find a loophole, override travel policies and hide their fees, to tarnish the reputation of all in the industry and although this practice is mostly ignored, it has recently […]

DIFFERENT FLIGHT TYPES – WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

In a fast-changing, deadline-driven, global business environment, business travel can often be unpredictable. Meetings in foreign countries are postponed or redirected at the last minute, unforeseen opportunities arise requiring urgent flights to unplanned destinations, unexpected developments such as natural disasters or terrorist activities occur, etc.

ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS ACCOMMODATION – PROS AND CONS

Companies whose employees travel regularly, nationally or internationally, will know that the largest expense is flight tickets. A close second is the price of accommodation, with hotels traditionally being the most popular choice. However, an increasing number of business travellers are choosing alternative forms of accommodation such as guesthouses, Airbnb and serviced apartments. The reasons […]

TMCS PLUS ENTREPRENEURS – THE MAIN EVENT

It is widely acknowledged that a proliferation of successful entrepreneurs is an imperative in South Africa. They bring to life new technologies, products, services and, along the way, create new markets and jobs. They’re lighting the fire in the engine room of the country’s economy.

WHO OWNS FREQUENCY FLYER AIR MILES – EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE?

It’s a generally accepted fact that whoever pays for the flight ticket which generates the air miles (also known as frequent flyer miles or bonus points), owns the right of use. More often than not, it’s the company not the employee who pays. Which raises the question; why do so many employers allow their employees […]

DECLARE OR NOT DECLARE? THAT’S THE QUESTION

Social media and news channels have been abuzz with reports from South African travellers who claim they’re facing fines because, on their return to South Africa, they’re unable to prove their valuables were purchased at home. However, according to the South African Revenue Services (SARS), South African residents travelling internationally don’t have to declare their […]

BUSINESS TRAVEL – POLICY BEFORE CLASS

A growing number of international organisations are experiencing increased business trips to foreign markets. Besides securing new deals in far-off countries where returns are often higher, face-to-face interaction between global partners are a prerequisite for the maintenance of ongoing, important relationships. “There will always be a need for business class travel for executives who need […]

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