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Business Travel Trends: What to Expect for Air, Car, & Hotel Rates

By Tiffany Zerby on March 27, 2018 11:55 AM

The travel industry is an ever-changing landscape, constantly adapting to new trends and demand. Fortunately for us at World Travel, demand for business travel increased steadily in 2017, and there are no signs of it slowing down.

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5 Tips for Implementing a New Travel Program

By Chesley Turner on May 1, 2017 4:00 AM

We sat down with Mary Barbagallo, Director of Project Management at World Travel, Inc. who oversees our Implementations team.

Topics: airlines Advice Consulting Services corporate culture General Hotel How-To implmentations travel policy Traveler Conversations WTI
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The Wonderful World of Hotel Rate Auditing

By Chesley Turner on March 27, 2017 3:00 AM

They say there’s no place like home. But if you’ve ever rolled into a spotless hotel room after a day of exhausting travel and endless meetings, you might disagree. 400-thread-count sheets? Hello Emerald City!

Topics: Advice Consulting Services content GDS Hotel How-To open booking WTI
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Mergers, Markets, and So Much More

By Chesley Turner on March 6, 2017 10:01 AM

In the midst of technological development and navigating globalization, the travel industry is still largely about experience. Traveler productivity can be affected by the quality of their travel arrangements.

Topics: Interview Rewards Hotel International Travel
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The Flip Side of the Coin: Hotel Dynamic Pricing

By Chesley Turner on February 20, 2017 6:00 AM

Hotel dynamic pricing sounds super shiny. It’s as bright and flashy as a coin toss in the sunshine. But careful, what may seem like a big savings opportunity could be a trick of the light.

Topics: Rewards Advice Consulting Services General Hotel travel policy
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Marriott & Starwood Head for the Honeymoon Suite

By Chesley Turner on October 7, 2016 11:44 AM

It’s the high-profile wedding of the year. Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts tied the knot in late September. And whether you prefer one, the other, or neither, this is a merger with major repercussions in the industry. Let’s take a quick look at how this new hotel dynasty is going to affect you and your travelers.

Topics: Rewards Consulting Services economy Hotel Industry Update Marriott RFP Starwood Traveler Conversations
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Look the Gift Horse in the Mouth

By Chesley Turner on March 25, 2016 11:41 AM

Call it a perk or call it a gimmick; the latest innovation (or invention) of hotel chains is the Member Rate. Hilton and Marriott have a new siren song for travelers. “Book direct with us!” they say. “Avoid the shopping around! We have a beautiful Members-Only rate for you!”

Topics: Rewards Consulting Services General Hilton Hotel Marriott Online Booking Radius Travel travel policy Traveler Conversations WorldReports WTI
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Our Partnerships: Your Benefit

By Chesley Turner on January 6, 2016 3:05 PM

Things are looking up.
As in: Hotel average daily rates, hotel occupancy, and the total cost for your hotel stays in 2016.

Topics: Rewards Consulting Services economy General Hotel
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How to: Limit Ancillary Fees

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

Objective:

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