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  • 7 Jun 2024 11:41 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Millions of people are headed to France’s capital city and surrounding regions this summer for the 2024 Olympic Games. Business travelers should expect inflated costs and the inevitable delays and strains caused by the influx of people. Rescheduling or moving business plans to dates outside of the events may be wise. If business trips to Paris are unavoidable during the Games, read BCD’s guide before you go.

    What’s inside:

    • The Games' impact on Paris airfares
    • An outlook on Paris room rates
    • Insights on rail transport and ticket availability
    • Advice for travelers planning to rent a car
    • Engagement and support for travelers in the city
    • Info on airports and alternates, culture and safety
    • Human trafficking and major events
    • Tips for a sustainable trip
    • A pre-trip checklist

    Bonjour, Paris!

    Paris will welcome an estimated 15.3 million visitors for the Games. With thousands of athletes, spectators, and dignitaries flocking to France’s capital, arrange lodging and transportation well in advance. To prepare:

    • Book all air, hotel, rail and car reservations as early as possible and within company policy
    • Ensure traveler profiles are updated so arrangers and agents can provide assistance, if needed
    • Understand and plan around the available transportation options, including public transit, ride-sharing and car rental options
    • Become familiar with the Paris locations, neighborhoods and venues you plan to visit
    • Plan bleisure activities and buy tickets ahead of time for the Games or tourist attractions

    Hotel rates are high, but occupation may not be

    A reported 50% of Paris hotels have already been booked, but rooms are still widely available. In March, Paris tourism officials told The Independent that they aren’t worried about having enough rooms. In fact, they predict one in three hotel rooms will be empty during the Games. Based on BCD data pulled this month, Average Bed Rate (ABR) for a room in Paris with basic amenities is USD $397.25 or €366.65 for the Olympic dates. In 2023, ABR for the same room on the same dates was USD $203.53, or €187.85. Hotels will profit but not to a shocking degree.

     

    Airbnb business isn’t exactly suffering. Many Parisians plan to leave the city for the summer and rent their homes at a high cost. In January, The New York Times reportedaverage Airbnb prices for Olympic dates surpassed USD $540.25, or €500, nightly.

     

    GET THE GUIDE >

     

    Will the anticipated Paris crowds live up to the hype? Maybe not.

    Studies of large events have shown that host cities don’t always see the extreme visitor numbers and increased spending one might expect. When hosting the Olympic Games, neither London in 2012 nor Rio de Janeiro in 2016 experienced a substantial rise in visitor numbers. Rio even saw a 5% drop in tourist arrivals. But those tourists who did visit during the Games spent 6% more year-over-year.

    For more insights on the impact of travel on large events, see BCD’s analysis here.

    The Business Traveler’s Guide to Paris is valuable for any business traveler or travel team planning trips to the city any time from mid-July through early September.

  • 27 May 2024 11:39 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Zurich, May 27th 2024 – In today's fast-paced business world, the lines between work and leisure are becoming increasingly blurred. As the demands of modern work culture evolve, the concept of "bleisure" – the seamless integration of business and leisure travel – has emerged as a significant trend. Kuoni Business Travel recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and is dedicated to facilitating travel experiences that enrich both professional and personal lives.

     

    Bleisure travel represents a forward-thinking approach to business travel, blending productivity with relaxation. Whether it is providing local recommendations, arranging cultural experiences, or finding the perfect place to stay, Kuoni’s experts offer tailored assistance for a seamless transition between business and leisure. With Kuoni's expertise, travelers can elevate their bleisure travel and create unforgettable moments that harmonize with their professional commitments.

     

    Kuoni Business Travel leverages a wide range of expertise to enhance bleisure travel, ensuring that every journey is meticulously planned to balance work and leisure perfectly. The company's commitment to personalized service allows business travelers to experience the best of both worlds.

     

    For further information, please contact: sales@kuonibusinesstravel.ch


  • 16 May 2024 15:41 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Brussels – 15 May 2024 - BT4Europe, the European Network of Business Travel Associations, has released its anticipated manifesto, outlining a bold vision for the future of business travel in Europe. As the leading voice of the business travel industry, BT4Europe brings together prominent national business travel associations from across Europe to advocate for the interests of business travel buyers and users, with a strong emphasis on enhancing the customer journey and promoting sustainability.

    In response to the pressing need for sustainable business travel practices, BT4Europe's manifesto highlights the industry's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). With the European Union targeting a net reduction of GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030, BT4Europe emphasizes the urgent need for improved access to streamlined, accurate, and comparable data on travel services' CO2 emissions.

    Moreover, BT4Europe underscores the crucial role of digital transformation in unlocking sustainability and efficiency gains within the business travel sector. Transitioning from a partially digitalized landscape to a comprehensive digital transformation is imperative for  eliminating excessive paperwork and unnecessary administrative burdens.

    Central to BT4Europe's vision is the assurance of resilient and reliable mobility within and across borders. Recognizing the importance of investment in physical traffic routes, such as rail systems, BT4Europe advocates for strategic infrastructure investments to support sustainable business travel practices.

    As Europe enters an election year, BT4Europe seizes the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and set the stage for the future. The organization has launched a series of workshops aimed at engaging Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to discuss critical legislative files and shape the agenda for the next mandate. By fostering dialogue and collaboration with EU officials and policymakers, BT4Europe aims to advocate for measures that support responsible and resilient business travel practices.

    "With promoting business travel sustainability and digital transformation as our goals for the next mandate, we anticipate devoting our efforts, starting in the second half of 2024, to working alongside new EU officials and politicians," said Patrick Diemer, Chair of BT4Europe. "Together, we will advocate for policies and initiatives that drive positive change and propel the business travel industry towards a more sustainable and digitally transformed future."

     

    About BT4Europe:

    BT4Europe, the European Network of Business Travel Associations, unites leading National Business Travel Associations across Europe. As the voice of the business travel industry, BT4Europe represents the interests of business travel buyers and users, with a focus on enhancing the customer journey and fostering sustainability.

    For media inquiries or additional information, please contact:

    Mark Watts

    Director

    LP Brussels

    markwatts@lpbrussels.com

    +32 2 235 05 334

     

    For more information about BT4Europe and its Manifesto please visit: www.bt4europe.com

     

  • 30 Apr 2024 16:46 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Created in 1996, Châteauform’ is the N°1 in Europe in the MICE industry, with 18,000 events booked in 2023 coming from + 5,000 corporate companies, 70 first class venues in 7 countries located in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

    Châteauform’ offers a range of venues in Europe for business meetings, trainings, seminars and special events.The 70 sites spread throughout France and Europe include a multitude of abbeys, chalets, Villas, castles. There's something for everyone! From the "Gustavian style", through the "Romanesque style" to the "art-deco" style, each one has its own history, its charm.

    In Germany, Châteauform’s has 6 great properties located in the Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Köln regions.

    In Belgium, Châteauform’ proposes 2 historical properties based near Brussels and Spa (Liège Region).

    Châteauform’ Switzerland, recently joined the chapter of MPI France Switzerland as a member. On the Swiss market, Châteauform’ proposes “Les Chalets de Champèry” (77 rooms, 11 meeting rooms) and “Montagne Alternative” (28 rooms and 5 meeting rooms).


    For further information, please contact :

    Véronique Holveck

  • 28 Mar 2024 14:01 | Bosco (Administrator)
    We are delighted to announce a new partnership within the ASTM community: Corporate Rate Club (CRC) – a hotel booking portal for more than 25 years. CRC offers its customers access to a wide range of accommodations for all categories worldwide and a lot of services like the central billing.

    In the words of Michael Krenz, CEO of CRC: "We are excited to be part of the ASTM community! This partnership not only allows us to expand our reach but also enables direct contact with business travel managers in Switzerland. Our goal is to actively develop business travel management by enhancing collaboration between suppliers and corporates and focusing on digitalisation to facilitate cost-effective booking and invoicing for all. We take pleasure in providing valuable input, new knowledge, and exciting insights to our members. Through transparent trends and developments that extend beyond the business travel sector, we strive for innovative, sustainable, and streamlined solutions. We look forward to a productive collaboration and mutual exchange!"

    Together, we aim to foster collaboration between suppliers and corporates, driving towards cost-effective and streamlined solutions. CRC's commitment to innovation and sustainability aligns perfectly with ASTM's values, promising a fruitful collaboration ahead.

    "We extend a warm welcome to Corporate Rate Club (CRC) and are happy to launch this partnership with an event in Geneva - Business Hotel Barometer: 2023 overview and 2024 perspectives, on April 25th." Sabah Kahoul, Copresident of the ASTM.

  • 27 Mar 2024 16:20 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Zurich, March 28th 2024 – Kuoni Business Travel, a leading provider of corporate travel solutions, is pleased to highlight its collaboration with MICExperts (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) to offer comprehensive Event Solutions. This strategic partnership underscores Kuoni Business Travel's dedication to providing integrated solutions that cater to the diverse needs of its corporate clientele.

    To meet the increasing demand for seamless travel and event management solutions, Kuoni Business Travel is partnering with MICExperts to provide access to a wide range of event solutions. Clients can benefit from our expert team specializing in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE), ensuring exceptional event experiences tailored to their needs.

    Covering corporate conferences, incentive trips, exhibitions, and team-building retreats, clients can explore bespoke event solutions through Kuoni Business Travel's collaboration with MICExperts. This partnership guarantees access to tailored event services that perfectly complement their corporate travel requirements.

    Andréanne Kohler, Head of MICExperts, commented, “Whether in Switzerland or abroad: we offer our customers high-quality services and pay special attention to their needs. We support them personally from the beginning to the end of a project so that the entire trip or event becomes a unique and exclusive experience.”

    Ademir Suljkanovic, Sales Manager German part of Switzerland at Kuoni Business Travel, commented, “Kuoni Business Travel is thrilled to announce our partnership with MICExperts, enriching our event solutions. Together, we provide tailored services, ensuring unique experiences for corporate clients local and worldwide. We're dedicated to delivering high-quality, personalized events that exceed expectations.”

     

     For media inquiries or further information, please contact: sales@kuonibusinesstravel.ch

  • 26 Mar 2024 10:53 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Why 98% of Zeb's travellers use Egencia's online booking tool.

    Read the case study.

  • 1 Mar 2024 11:17 | Bosco (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that we extend this exclusive invitation to you for an insightful webinar on upcoming European legislation, with a special focus on Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS) and its impact on online booking engines for corporate cross-border business travel across Europe.

    Date: Tuesday 12 March 2024
    Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (CET- Brussels time)
    Virtual Venue: TEAMS

    Agenda Highlights:
    1. Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS): Explore how MDMS can bring more choices and diverse multimodal content into the online booking engines used by corporations for efficient cross-border business travel.

    2. MEP Jakop Dalunde as Main Speaker:
    We are honored to have MEP Jakop G. Dalunde (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance – Member of the Committee of Transport and Tourism) as our main speaker, sharing valuable insights on business travel.
    Gain a deep understanding of the EU political agenda and expectations for the future agenda of the European Parliament and the European Commission post the 2024 elections.

    3. Open Discussion: Hear from our experts their views regarding the focus theme of the webinar and their expectations for the future of cross-border business travel in Europe.

    4. Interactive Q&A Session: Engage with our speakers as we allocate time for questions from the online live audience. Your participation is crucial to make this event more dynamic and tailored to your interests.

    Why Attend?
    ·      Gain expert insights on Multimodal Digital Mobility Services.
    ·      Understand the future landscape of cross-border business travel.
    ·      Learn about the political agenda shaping European travel policies.
    ·      Connect with industry leaders and like-minded professionals.

    RSVP today to secure your spot and be part of this impactful conversation.

    To register, please click here: https://lnkd.in/eeD2MBRW

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