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Congratulations to GBTA’s Mike McCormick

GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick has been reappointed to the TSA's Aviation Security Advisory Committee.
GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick has been reappointed to the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

Christopherson Business Travel is a long time member and sponsor of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and we congratulate the GBTA Executive Director and COO, Mike McCormick on his reappointment to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).

It is vital for the TSA to hear from the business travel industry and McCormick has done an outstanding job of representing our sector during his first term and we look forward to his continued involvement on behalf of our industry.

ASAC is TSA’s sole Federal advisory committee that gives the agency recommendations for improving aviation security methods, equipment and procedures. ASAC was established in 1989 in the wake of the crash of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

 

 

 

 

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Go Big or Go Home: Christopherson Attends the 2013 GBTA Convention, Releases AirPortal 360 Mobile

It has been our pleasure to participate in the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Annual Convention and Trade Show for several years, but this year we went “BIG.” Our booth was three times the size it was last year, and staffed with more Christopherson team members than ever–which was perfect for the big unveiling of our new AirPortal 360™ Mobile app. GBTA, with its 7,000 attendees, proved to be an exciting time and place for the release of this new technology.

With record traffic to our booth, we provided numerous product demonstrations and received exceptional feedback about AirPortal 360™ Mobile, the first comprehensive mobile app that provides corporate travel managers the ability to manage their company’s travel program from the palm of their hand—wherever, whenever.

As the mobile version of our intelligent travel manager dashboard, AirPortal 360 Mobile delivers a collection of tools that allow travel managers the ability to maintain and manage their duty of care responsibilities, ensure better policy compliance, keep track of travelers and their itineraries, and more.

Corporate travel budgets of any size will benefit from the features of AirPortal 360 and its new mobile app. It was a rewarding experience for us to launch it at GBTA with some of the largest corporate travel buyers in the country and we now look forward to sharing it with corporate travel buyers everywhere.

 

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Companies Continue to Discuss Managed Travel 2.0 and its Impact on Business Travel

travel 2.0With the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) annual convention less than 90 days away, it’s becoming very clear as to what will, once again, be an important topic–Managed Travel 2.0 (also called “open booking”). I find this to be such a fascinating business travel industry matter, some might think I’m becoming obsessed. You can find my older blog posts here, here, and here where I discuss what Managed Travel 2.0 exactly is as well as its impact on our business travel industry. As new ideas continue to develop, many travel management companies, Christopherson Business Travel included, as well as other business travel groups and organizations, are diving even deeper into the details.

For example, Carlson Wagonlit Travel has developed a so-called “industry–first algorithm that assesses traveler stress on a company-by-company basis.” The results (hours of stressful business travel) can then be translated into a financial loss equivalent. (Read more about the algorithm here.)

The ultimate goal of the algorithm is to help companies uncover the actual costs of travel, as well as the hidden ones–particularly how business travel “stressors” affect the bottom line.

BCD Travel is also delving into the economics of traveler behaviors, particularly how the practice of building stronger relationships with travelers saves companies money, boosts productivity, and keeps travelers safe.

Additionally, a LinkedIn Group has been started, Managed Travel 2.0, to advance more discussions at a grassroots level. And be sure to keep an eye out for former travel management consultant Scott Gillespie to announce his new venture to assist companies in understanding productivity and employee retention consequences.

As you can see, Managed Travel 2.0 continues to be a hot topic and everyone is in on the discussion. I, personally, continue to enjoy learning about it and I look forward to the GBTA Convention August 4-7 in San Diego, California where (hopefully) more discussions, findings, and results are presented.

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Christopherson to Sponsor Key Travel Industry Events in 2013

Christopherson Business Travel is proud to be an ongoing partner with key industry events in 2013. In addition to several local events, Christopherson will be a sponsor with trade show space at the following national business travel industry conventions:

Concur Fusion, April 16-19, Las Vegas, NV

Fusion2013-1The Concur Fusion conference is for Concur users and potential users. The event hosts over 1,500 attendees and the schedule provides for a broad range of training and networking opportunities.

Christopherson has been a Concur partner for more than six years and manages travel for many of Concur’s corporate and university clients.

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), August 4-7, San Diego, CA

The annual GBTA convention is attended by more than 5,000 business travel industry buyers and suppliers from the U.S. and several foreign countries. The convention puts valuable industry insight and market knowledge within reach for travel managers around the world.

Christopherson has been a member of GBTA for more than 10 years. We are excited to be making our most significant presence yet at this year’s convention tradeshow with considerable booth space and state of the art technology demonstrations.

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Managed Travel 2.0–What’s the fuss all about?

Managed Travel 2.0, an idea/program where travelers shop and book travel anywhere on any safe suppliers, provided they are within budget and the data on their transaction and travel is then collected in real-time by their company, is a very interesting concept and one that will probably move forward, but with possible resistance from many. I find this interesting to watch and consider because of all the players involved.

The consensus among industry experts seems to be that travel technology has not progressed at warp speed like other technologies. Some blame this on the travel industry’s GDS (Global Distribution System) situation. I don’t know that I agree with this theory completely, but then again, when you have been in the same industry for 30+ years, like I have, without viewing the progression speed of other industries’ technology, I suppose I’m not equipped to weigh in with a fully educated opinion.

During the GBTA’s recent convention in Boston, there were a few educational sessions regarding this topic. In the session I attended, 80% of the attendees were either travel managers or procurement specialists. During the presentation, it was suggested, based on information from a GBTA survey, that an unmanaged travel program is better than a managed travel program for a number of reasons–savings being one of them. The tension in the room was intense, to say the least.

However, in a recent newsletter from Travel GPA, CEO Rock Blanco, addressed the information presented in that GBTA forum, and pointed out that the benefits of a managed travel program–namely data, safety, and proven expertise–is where the value lies.

Like I said, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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Christopherson to Sponsor GBTA 2012

Christopherson Business Travel is a proud sponsor of the annual Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) 2012 Convention in Boston, MA, July 22-25.

Christopherson has been a long-time participant of the GBTA Convention and we’re excited to be both attending and exhibiting again at this year’s conference.

The GBTA Convention is the place to be for business travel professionals. With thousands of travel managers and industry suppliers there are opportunities to attend educational seminars, participate in a massive tradeshow, and focus on developing solutions to industry-wide challenges.

Keynote speakers for this year’s event are President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Saturday Night Live star, Seth Meyers.

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Ancillary Travel Fees

ancillary feesThe growth of ancillary fees in all categories of travel, especially air travel, has captured the attention of the traveling public as well as policy makers.

Since these fees broadly affect both business and leisure travelers they have received attention in industry publications, business journals, and popular media. Congressional testimony and calls for additional legislation and agency rule-making have ensured that the debate over fees has implications for public policy questions as well as for business operations.

Although airline fees have been the focus of much of the public discussion, the issue is broader than just airlines. The hotel and car rental industries have also seen changes in their pricing structures that have incorporated add-on services and ancillary fees.

For example, I recently received an email from a customer who was frustrated by the fact that the taxes and fees for his car rental exceeded the combined daily rate for a four-day rental–a shocking discovery most of us have experienced throughout our travels.

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Lawmakers Reach Agreement on $63 Billion FAA Bill

For the past several years Christopherson Business Travel has sent company representatives to Capitol Hill to lobby with the GBTA in support of the FAA re-authorization bill.

The FAA’s long-term operating authority expired in 2007 and has since had to limp along under short-term extensions and was even partially shut down for a time. But on Tuesday, February 1, 2012, an agreement was finally reached in Congress to approve $63 billion for the FAA through 2015.
Key portions of the bill include:

  • Funding authority for FAA’s Next Generation air traffic modernization program, which would update the air traffic control’s systems to GPS technology
  • Tightened subsidies for the Essential Air Service (a program which subsidizes air service to rural communities)
  • Eight daily slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport opened up for longer distance flights (which might possibly have been a selling point for some lawmakers looking for a “what’s in it for me” benefit)
  • A requirement that the Department of Transportation follow the same safety standards for the shipment of lithium batteries by air as those set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency
  • Requirements that the FAA provide military, commercial and privately-owned drones with expanded access to U.S. airspace currently reserved for manned aircraft

As of yesterday, Monday, February 6, 2012, the bill received final congressional approval and will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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Christopherson supports the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and local chapters

Christopherson is a proud member and supporter of the GBTA and its local chapters in Utah, Colorado, and California. GBTA is the premier business travel organization with a network of 17,000 business, government travel, meeting managers, and travel service providers, representing over $340 billion of global business travel and meeting expenditures annually.
Recently Christopherson sponsored the GBTA annual convention in Denver, Colorado, and the UBTA 2nd annual tradeshow in SLC. Both events were a great opportunity for Christopherson to network and demonstrate our world class travel management tools and return on investment of business travel management services.
We are committed to the success of GBTA and the local chapters through financial support, sponsorships, and most importantly employee involvement. Christopherson team members hold key positions on the local chapter board of directors donating their time and talent to the continued success of the organization.

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Christopherson Business Travel and GBTA- Global Business Travel Association –

Don’t miss out! Christopherson Business Travel will have a booth at the annual GBTA convention that is being held in Denver, Colorado August 21-24! Be sure to stop by booth #1706 and enter to win an iPad2. Below are some highlights of GBTA or go here for more details.
Elevating the Business of Travel
We’re taking the business of travel to new heights in the mile high city of Denver for the 2011 GBTA Convention. The Business Travel Event of the Year ® is the one conference thousands of business travel buyers count on each year to find cost-effective solutions to industry challenges. Find all the information you need to advance your travel program, including the latest travel technologies, new sourcing strategies and emerging industry trends. Register by August 1st to save $200! Already registered? Start planning your Convention experience now!

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GBTA Convention 2011

We’re taking the business of travel to new heights in the mile high city of Denver for the 2011 GBTA Convention. Christopherson Business Travel has been a long time participant of the GBTA Convention and is excited to be both attending and exhibiting at this year’s conference. The Business Travel Event of the Year® is the one conference thousands of business travel buyers count on each year to find cost-effective solutions to industry challenges.
Christopherson will be sending a team of 10 employees to the conference this year and we look forward to working our booth at the three day trade show. If you happen to be one of the over 5,000 attendees, please come by our booth (#1706) and enter to win an iPad 2!
Keynote speakers for the event are Henry M. Paulson Jr., Former U.S. Secretary of Treasury; Meg Whitman, Former eBay President and CEO; and Sean Penn, Oscar-Winning Film Icon/Humanitarian.
For more information about the GBTA convention, please see www.gbta.org.