Business travel is back. And reports say it’s returning thicker and faster than expected. But so much has changed since Covid, that now is a really good time for EAs, PAs and other travel managers and bookers to review your business’s travel policy.
There has always been an element of risk involved when travelling for business; think terrorism, natural disasters, crime and more. But the impact of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have brought risk management into even sharper focus, which means your travel policy must be robust and allow employees to travel with confidence. The right booking technology, for example, can help with pre-trip approval, destination alerts, traveller itineraries and on-the-go trip amends.
Sustainability and travelling for purpose
Travel can have a huge impact on the environment, so always ask if the trip is needed? If yes, can carbon emissions be reduced and/or offset? Can you limit traveller numbers? Take the train instead of flying? Book a sustainable aviation fuel flight? Fly direct?
Keeping costs down
Many airline prices and hotel rates have risen sharply to compensate for lack of business over the last two years, so now is a great time to negotiate. If reduced rates are not possible, what added value can they offer? Free WiFi, breakfast, airport transfers, maybe?
You’ll find the answers to all of these questions at Business Travel Show Europe, which takes place at ExCeL London from 29-30 June. There are over 100 business travel suppliers to negotiate with, including airlines, hotels, serviced apartments, train, taxi and car rental operators, travel management companies and technology providers. The Fundamentals conference sessions are perfect for EAs and PAs to review and refine their travel policies. And all of this free. Simply register on the website.