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Passport Crunch Looms for 2016-2018

By Chesley Turner on December 30, 2015 4:03 PM

Got a passport?

Take it out and check the expiration date. The Department of State is warning of a passport crunch coming very soon, that may extend the time it takes you to apply for or renew a passport. Here's why:
1) A number of travel regulations changed in 2006-2008, which increased the number of U.S. citizens with passports. The 10-year-expiration date is coming up on all those passports, so there is an expected higher demand for renewals.
2) The dollar is strong right now, so more people are looking to travel abroad.
3) The Real ID act has heightened awareness of forms of ID and may contribute slightly to higher passport demand.

Topics: passports Advice General International Travel
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JetBlue/Travelport Agreement Falls Through

By Chesley Turner on December 3, 2015 7:51 AM

The JetBlue/Travelport distribution contract is no more, which means your travelers (if you use the Apollo GDS System) are no longer able to easily purchase JetBlue fares.

Topics: airlines content GDS General JetBlue
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You Never Stop Learning with World Travel, Inc.

By Chesley Turner on November 20, 2015 1:42 PM

You never stop learning, especially if you’re a World Travel, Inc. Client.

Topics: airlines General Traveler Conversations WTI
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U.S.-EU Data Transfers after the Schrems Opinion

By Chesley Turner on November 11, 2015 3:35 PM

Have you been following the rulings on U.S.-EU Data Transfers? New developments may – or may not – affect your business. World Travel, Inc.’s Corporate Counsel, Maribeth Minella, addresses What Happened and What Now for our industry update this week. Keep in mind that Data Transfer is a finely regulated topic, particularly when crossing international borders. You'll find Maribeth's overview below.

Topics: Data Transfer EU General WTI
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How to: Limit Ancillary Fees

By Maureen DiLello on September 30, 2015 2:41 PM


How to Limit Ancillary Fees

Ancillary Fees. You know the term far too well.  It seems extra unexpected costs are associated with every trip you take. From baggage fees to hotel cancellation fees to city surcharges, the airline, hotel, and ground transportation industries are all making billions of dollars off these sometimes cleverly hidden fees. But as your Travel Management Company, we’re here to help you limit those pesky fees as much as possible!

Topics: airlines Advice Ancillary Fees Consulting Services corporate culture General Hotel How-To travel policy WTI
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Hello Economy. Welcome Back.

By Chesley Turner on September 16, 2015 8:25 AM

The economy seems to be breathing a little easier, at least for the moment. That means business travel is back in a big way. If you want proof, look at the hotel occupancy rate (HOR) and average daily rate (ADR). According to STR Global, ADR is steadily rising in all four global regions. In the Americas, the July ADR almost hit $125, which was up 5.8% YOY. This is mirrored by Europe’s 8% increase to $133.24, EMEA’s 5.3% increase to $159.10, and APAC’s subtler 1.1% increase to $105.12. PricewaterhouseCooper’s 2015 Hospitality Directions Report, as summarized by Business Travel News, estimates that the year’s ADR will level out at about $120.79, which is up 5% from last year.

Topics: Advice Ancillary Fees Consulting Services General Hotel RFP WTI

Welcome, World Travelers!

By Chesley Turner on August 13, 2015 10:15 AM

Welcome, World Travelers! We're delighted to see you here.

Topics: General WTI