Business travelers are taking to the skies just as much as in previous years, but they are increasingly taking time out for themselves, according to new research released by American Express Global Business Travel
Women are more organised, plan further ahead and differ in terms of their travel priorities, according to a survey of over 1,000 business travellers commissioned by bmi regional (www.bmiregional.com) to understand the behaviour and demands of women travelling on business.
According to the American Express Meetings & Events 2014 Global Meetings Forecast, following two years of modest budget and activity increases, flat or slight declines in meetings spend per organization are expected across all regions heading into 2014.
Todays young travelers are smart consumers, demand customized and adventurous trips, and rely heavily on social interaction for recommendations when considering a certain destination and activities. This according to a new report from Amadeus which also highlights the role of new technologies in continuing to drive and impact the way younger generations travel.
With the growing interest in trips to enhance mind, body and spirit, wellness tourism has created a new niche for travel agents to grow or expand their business while offering a personally and professionally rewarding career specialty.
Do you read online reviews before buying a product, reserving a table at a restaurant or booking a trip? A new study from Maritz Research shows that while you may not want to believe everything you read, larger, more established ratings sites such as TripAdvisor and Zagat are much more likely to be trusted over smaller, newer sites.
American Express Travel released findings from a recent survey of its travel counselors, which queried the experts on travel trends for 2014. The survey of nearly 200 travel counselors sought to uncover the impact the Internet has had within the travel professional community as well as the latest trends in customer buying behavior. The survey shows not only an increase in customers booking and spending more with travel professionals, but that perceived challenges, such as the Internet, have in fact bolstered the industry.
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 381,070 workers in July 2013, 2.6 percent fewer than in July 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. July was the 11th consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment for U.S. scheduled passenger carriers was below that of the same month of the previous year.
CareerBuilders annual forecast shows that debt issues in Washington may continue to play a part in impeding a more accelerated jobs recovery. Twenty-four percent of companies reported that they will add full-time, permanent employees in 2014, down two percentage points from 2013. Nearly one in four employers (23 percent) said they will hire at a slower rate or will not expand headcount at all until the debt ceiling is resolved in the first quarter.
Being more focused and strategic with data and analytics can deliver significant benefits to the bottom line, writes Pamela Whitby, editor, EyeforTravel. Everybody is talking about how data, if used correctly, can deliver greater efficiency and a better customer experience. But achieving this in a rapidly changing environment is anything but easy.