According to most economic forecasts, nearly every corner of the universe expects record-breaking crowds in the months ahead, so it’s probably best if you accept the inevitable and plan accordingly.
U.S. business travel ended 2014 on a positive note, with record spending expected to top $292 billion, according to a report from the GBTA Foundation. The projection for 2015 is strong, too. Lower oil prices are expected to promote consumer spending and economic projects. The forecast comes from the GBTA Foundation’s fourth-quarter outlook report. The […]
Nevada’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation to stop federal agencies from canceling or avoiding meetings and conferences at resorts and casinos. The Protecting Resort Cities From Discrimination Act would outlaw policies that blacklist such properties from hosting legitimate federal government business. H.R. 1880 was assigned to the House Oversight and Government […]
Attention road warriors: If you think you’re making it on board your plane with that second carry-on bag you’re sadly mistaken. It doesn’t matter if that compact roller case fits in the carry-on bin, if it’s larger than a backpack and you didn’t board in Zone 1, someone’s going to force you to check it […]
It began with pillow choices. Then customized iPod playlists. Now some olfactory-inclined hotels are catering to customers with “fragrance butlers.” The New York Times reports that scent servants were introduced at eight Rosewood properties at the first of the year. Rosewood has hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. Each fragrance menu […]
Despite bad press and stalled economic conditions, incentive travel is making a comeback. The trips themselves may be scaled back and feature more corporate social responsibility components than they did pre-2008, but the Incentive Research Foundation says companies are spending an average of $2,500 per incentive attendee. “Incentive travel is showing the fastest rate of […]
A trio of Florida destinations top the list of U.S. cities where travelers incur the lowest tax burden. Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach levy the lowest general sales and discriminatory travel taxes, followed by Detroit, Mich., and Portland, Ore. According to the GBTA Foundation, the cities taxing travelers the most are, in […]
It may not be a national observance, but, according to American Express Business Travel, August is officially Meetings Month. Throughout the month, the company is offering online programs designed to help meeting and event professionals plan strategically. Insights and advice on managing meetings, measuring return on investment and more will be available in discussion forums, community blogs, white papers and a “green meetings” group.
Sydney, Australia, has world-class cultural venues, a sophisticated hotel inventory and a huge roster of convention-ready venues that were built for the 2000 Olympics. But, until now, the capitol of New South Wales hasn’t aggressively marketed itself as a conventions destination to U.S. planners. “We haven’t really focused on the conference market overseas because [of] […]
During an April 1 colloquy on executive compensation for TARP recipients, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) asked Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to clarify whether or not TARP recipients would be allowed to spend money on meetings, events and incentive travel programs. “During the past few months, legitimate business travel for meeting, incentive and […]
Doug Kennedy, president of the Kennedy Training Network, has compiled a useful list of tips to help you and your attendees become green travelers.
Later this year, Sabre Travel Network plans to launch an Enterprise 2.0 Community Platform that will allow employees locally and globally to share their knowledge base about travel and other topics of shared interest.
OK, you have a bit more time to get your passport if you’re traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico or Bermuda. The official deadline was moved back to Jan. 23, 2007 (originally set for Jan. 1, then moved to Jan. 8).