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  • 31 Mar 2022 11:57 | Bosco (Administrator)

    The world is moving fast and is getting more complex continuously. This also applies to the daily life of business travellers. The Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have added to the challenges how to travel safely. Being on top of the relevant information proves to be very challenging at times given the myriad of sources and data. This challenge is highly relevant when planning business travels too. The employer has an obligation to protect its employees on their business trips. This obligation results from both a statutory duty of care which applies to all employers as well applicable standards such as ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) for stock-listed organisations.

    Consequently, the importance of «travel security» and «travel risk management» (TRM) has increased continuously - not only for globally active large corporations but also for smaller and medium-sized companies. It does not matter whether the company has to manage 10 or 10,000 trips per year - if only one employee is affected, this can have a lasting negative impact on the organisation.

    In the meantime, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have taken up the topic too. The new ISO 31030 certification, published in September 2021, provides companies with information how to integrate a travel risk management system into their organisation and offers a standardised certification process as well as corresponding framework conditions and principles. As any ISO certification, the process requires a certain effort. However, for companies which are already familiar with the ISO methodology, the certification process should be achievable in an efficient manner.

    With this series of articles, we would like to show you the way to integrate a TRM system along the ISO 31030 standard and complement this with our more than 10 years of experience on the topic of TRM. Over the coming months, we will introduce you to the topic of ISO 31030 in subsequent 6 chapters giving you a comprehensive overview of this new standard.

    The storyline of the 6 topic chapters is as follows:

    Who is Lexxton?

    As a specialist in security and safety, Lexxton has been advising and training national and international companies on the subject of travel risk management for more than 10 years and, in addition to certification support, also offers digital solutions in the area of travel security.

    Introduction to ISO 31030 
    Travel Risk Management (TRM) - ISO 31030 a new standard

    Why the new ISO standard 31030?

    The ISO standard for integrated travel risk management is about protecting the most valuable asset of your organisation: your employees.
    Of course, you could procure and implement any TRM system with its own proprietary approach. However, in view of overall consistency and best practice benchmarks, it is advisable to work along the proven ISO methodology from a content point of view. This way, a subsequent ISO certification is a relatively small step.

    What is it about?

    Managing travel risk is part of any organisation's travel-related activities and should involve interaction with all stakeholders (travellers, supervisors, HR etc.). Travellers, whether at home or abroad, may be confronted with stressful situations with unfamiliar risk profiles.

    Risk management, when travelling to a country where your organisation has no local base, requires more comprehensive controls than in places where risk profiles are well known and measures are already in place. A key success factor is to have timely and accurate information, analysis and advice in order to trigger immediate and effective travel alerts supporting your travellers pragmatically.

    With the implementation of a TRM system according to ISO standard 31030, organisations can demonstrate that travel decisions are based on the organisation's ability to manage risks in a structured way with internal resources or with external support. To a large extent, this process can be automated with digital solutions.

    How much effort does it take to implement a TRM?

    If an organisation is contemplating to implement a TRM, the first step is to conduct an analysis of the organisation's risk profile so that the efforts are proportionate to the risk exposure.

    The introduction of a TRM system can be realised in a very short time based on existing processes and documents. The detailed timeline is subject to the size and complexity of the organisation. Typically, a TRM can be established within 4-8 weeks once the decision to implement a TRM has been taken.

    After the analysis and clarification of the target state, the following 3 steps should be addressed:

    1. Setting up of a Travel (Risk) Policy and process integration: The Travel (Risk) policy sets forth the applicable rules and principles in a clear and systematic manner. The process integration aims at putting these rules into the organisation's daily practice in a pragmatic way.

    2. Evaluating a digital mobility risk platform: Such platforms typcially encompass both situational awareness (what is happening where and where are my employees) as well as communication (alert my employees) functionalities.

    3. Defining and implementing the internal communication and training: Appropriate internal communication and training ensure that the organisation and its employees know the applicable rules as well as the platform as a supporting tool.


    Outlook to Chapter 2:

    Which factors can influence an organisations TRM programme objectives and stakeholders?


  • 2 Mar 2022 20:51 | Bosco (Administrator)

    CIBT, the leading global provider of visa, immigration, and document services, operating under the CIBTvisas and Newland Chase brands, has announced a partnership with the Association of Swiss Travel Management, ASTM. 

    CIBT has been present in Switzerland for more than a decade providing visa services to many well-known Swiss companies as well as travel management companies and later expanding to include immigration services and document services to the export industry in the country. They currently have offices in Geneva and Berne and a number of on-sites at client locations. 

    During the Covid pandemic, CIBT launched an award-winning Health and Entry Guide to help companies and individuals navigate the complex country-specific entry requirements due to Covid. 

    They have also launched the ImmiSMART portal, a unique solution that helps clients unite business traveler compliance with global mobility program management.  

    We welcome CIBT as a Partner of ASTM and with that also announce that Carsten Ostberg, Managing Director Europe at CIBT will take up a seat at our Industry Circle. 

    Carsten will be present at the upcoming event in Basel and looks forward to meeting as many members as possible.


  • 25 Feb 2022 14:48 | Bosco (Administrator)


    European Network of Business Travel Associations

    Press Release ‘Foundation’

    European Business Travel Buyers Unite

    24. Feb 2022, Brussels. Thirteen business travel associations from countries across Europe have formed the ‘European Network of Business Travel Associations’ (BT4Europe). The new non-profit association will be headquartered in Brussels. Its 13 founding members have joined forces to give business travel buyers a stronger voice in Europe.

    Millions of Europeans travel on business every year, thousands of jobs have been created and are needed to service business travel. In all European countries business travel on behalf of private corporations, public service and NGOs is vital to our economies and our societies. Up to now the buyers of business travel - companies, public services, NGOs – did not have a unified network to make their demands heard on a European level.

    BT4Europe will build a bridge between its member associations and political decision makers in Europe. On top of its agenda are the recovery of business travel from Covid19 pandemic, changing business travel to make it more sustainable and promoting digital processes within business travel.

    BT4Europe will provide a network for its member associations and a platform for European decision makers to take the demands of business travel buyers into account in their decisions.

    Founding members of BT4Europe are ABTA (Austria), AEGVE (Spain), AITMM (Italy), AFTM (France), ASTM (Switzerland), BATM (Belgium), CORTAS (The Netherlands), DBTA (Denmark), FBTA (Finland), NATM (The Netherlands), NBTA (Norway), SBTA (Sweden) and VDR (Germany). BT4Europe remains open for membership of more associations and other supporting entities.

    “A united force to represent business travel buyers is strongly needed in Europe. For too long has the industry focused on national decision makers while relevant legislation has moved to pan-European levels. BT4Europe will advance the industry and will advance Europe.” says Patrick W. Diemer, newly elected Chair of the European Network of Business Travel Associations.

    “A crisis like the Covid19 pandemic needs a strong and coherent response from all European states. We only keep our economies and societies afloat, if we impose the identical restrictions and identical rules for domestic and cross-border travel.” says Dominic Short, newly elected Board Director of BT4Europe.

    “Too much paperwork makes business travel highly inefficient. We save time, money and contribute to the climate, if we deploy digital processes throughout business travel. Digital business travel needs support from legislation.” says Lotten Fowler, newly elected Board Director of BT4Europe.

     

     

    For more information on the European Network of Business Travel Associations, please contact: mail@BT4Europe.com


  • 21 Feb 2022 13:16 | Bosco (Administrator)

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    • Edi is a 100% cloud-based expense solution and manages all data in Switzerland. The tool checks submitted receipts via audit trail for completeness and compliance and then automatically releases the expenses you defined. Edi can be seamlessly integrated into all common ERP systems.

    Edi Expense - Online Seminar

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  • 21 Feb 2022 13:11 | Bosco (Administrator)

    The former Dorint Hotel An der Messe Basel welcomes you since June 2021 on as Essential by Dorint Basel City - of course still in the usual 4-star quality! 


    The time has come! The first Essential by Dorint Hotel (Link: https://hotel-basel.dorint.com/de/) in Switzerland has opened its doors since June 2021! The former Dorint Hotel An der Messe Basel in Schönaustrasse relaunched as Essential by Dorint Basel City. With great attention to detail, not only was very great emphasis placed on the redesign of the lobby. The bar seating also invites you to linger, because from now on you can also enjoy your first coffee under the open sky. Younger, fresher and fundamentally more inviting, the new premises convince not only hotel guests but also local guests. 

    For our hotel guests, our highlights are also the following 5 essentials: 

    • Best sleeping comfort
    • Sunday breakfast - every day
    • Smart working - everywhere
    • Neighborhood - spontaneously discover new things
    • Your Essential #HotelHeroes - you can rely on us


  • 21 Feb 2022 12:54 | Bosco (Administrator)

    « Fast with improved ergonomics, Expensya solution adapts to Kerry Logistics’ specific needs and meets the expectations of employees in their daily use».

    Download the case study here.

  • 21 Feb 2022 12:42 | Bosco (Administrator)

    The Green Key award is a leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their tourism establishments adhere to the strict criteria as stipulated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). 

     

    Appart’City Confort Montpellier Saint-Roch (FR) / Appart’City Confort Paris Clichy - Mairie (FR)

    Appart’City: apart-hotels with a recognized label

    Since the very beginning, Appart'City has strived to optimize its apart-hotels to make them ever more respectful of the environment, all in an approach that aims for sustainable and sustainable tourism.

    This year, a quarter of the Group’s apart-hotels is labeled "Green Key", the first international environmental label for tourist accommodation and catering.

    The “Green Key” is awarded by a jury made up of tourism and environmental experts. Their authority in the field of tourism and sustainable development represents a strong guarantee of confidence for committed professionals.

    Ultimately, and through regular development, the goal is to achieve labeling of the entire hotel portfolio within three years.


    More sustainable consumption 

    The reduction of the environmental impact within the aparthotels is also supported by actions taken to reduce or even eliminate the use of plastic or raise awareness of selective sorting and the overconsumption of cleaning products. Thus, in 2022, water fountains will replace all single-use bottles and individually wrapped products will gradually be replaced by solid soaps and eco-labeled dispensers.

    To ensure compliance with best practices, all employees are trained in eco-gestures.


    An Appart’City hotel at the French-Swiss border with the Green Key 2022 label

    Valid for the year 2022, this label is the demonstration of concrete actions implemented within the establishment, in favor of sustainable development.

    Ideally located in the North of Geneva, five minutes from Genève Aéroport, Palexpo and the surrounding business area, but also 30 minutes from downtown Geneva and Lake Geneva, "Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport - Ferney-Voltaire 4*” is perfectly adapted to the needs of a business clientele, but also of leisure, for stays from one night. The establishment of 125 rooms and studios has been designed to facilitate sharing and conviviality, in a refined setting. Visitors appreciate this hotel with its definitely “Home style” atmosphere!

     

    Flip through the brochure Appart’City Genève Aéroport Ferney Voltaire (Fr/En)

    Visit the webpage Appart’City Confort Genève Aéroport - Ferney-Voltaire 4*

     

     

    Appart’City Confort Genève Aéroport - Ferney-Voltaire (FR)

    Find out more

    Discover all the apart-hotels on appartcity.com

    About the Green Key label: https://www.greenkey.global/

     


  • 21 Feb 2022 12:36 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Opposite the Basel SBB train station, the car rental company Enterprise Switzerland is now offering the possibility to quickly and independently switch to a selection of rental cars with "Click & Go" in the parking garage of the Hotel Victoria. With this unique mobility offer throughout Switzerland, Enterprise Switzerland wants to herald a new phase in urban mobility. The company has already tested its new offer at various Swiss railway stations and is now expanding it to urban areas.

    New mobility offers are making their way into urban areas throughout Switzerland. The linking of road and rail transport is progressing steadily with the inclusion of further providers of e-bikes or e-scooters. The focus of urban mobility solutions is particularly on flexible rental models for vehicles, which are used as a supplement depending on the need. Against this background, Enterprise Switzerland and Hotel Victoria are jointly launching "Click & Go". As of now, three rental vehicles are available at the Parking Hotel Victoria, which can be rented spontaneously and independently for individually definable periods of time using the associated web app.


    App replaces car key

    Thierry Gavoille, member of the executive board of Helvetic Mobility AG, which holds the Swiss licence for Enterprise Switzerland, explains: "Our web app enterprise-go.ch can be used to check the availability of our vehicles at the locations, book an individual rental period and unlock the vehicle in question on site using the Bluetooth function of the smartphone. With this uncomplicated handling, we also want to give people who decide at short notice the opportunity to access one of our vehicles when needed. One click in the app is all it takes.

    Enterprise Switzerland has already successfully tested its new service in cooperation with SBB at various Swiss railway stations and is now expanding it to the Basel city area due to the high demand. Thierry Gavoille emphasises: "In the first phase, we will provide three vehicles in the small and family car segment at our location in the parking lot of the Hotel Victoria. Whether someone wants to travel alone to a meeting outside the city centre or take the whole family on a day trip to the countryside, our rental vehicles provide this flexibility 24/7."

    Individual and varied

    Enterprise Switzerland plans to create new locations throughout Switzerland in the coming months and at the same time increase the selection of rental vehicles. Thierry Gavoille emphasises: "We are currently focusing on the needs of urban areas. With additional locations, we will also adapt our offer accordingly. We see the future of mobility in a flexible offer that is adapted to the respective needs of the transport users. Whether train, tram, e-bike or rental vehicle - we see "Click & Go" as a perfectly fitting piece of the puzzle for the mobility of the future. As a brand-independent provider, we are able to offer our customers a wide range of brands and models, from the Nissan Micra to the Volvo XC90 - freshly cleaned and sanitised before every booking."


    About Helvetic Mobility AG

    Helvetic Mobility AG is the official franchisee of the Enterprise, National & Alamo brands in Switzerland and offers a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles as well as over 20 different brands for individually configurable rental - whether hourly, daily or overnight rental. In Switzerland, the company also operates the Alamo, Enterprise and National brands as well as Valet Service Speedparking. Headquartered in Kloten and with eight locations at all major airports and cities in Switzerland, Helvetic Mobility AG employs around 100 people. With innovative products such as Minilease, Helvetic Mobility AG offers its customers the possibility of flexibly structuring the term of their rental from one month.

    Further information:

    Thierry Gavoille

    Head of Business Development

    Helvetic Mobility AG

    Independent Enterprise Franchisee

    Balz-Zimmermann-Strasse 38

    8302 Kloten

    Telefon: 058 122 04 01

    thierry.gavoille@enterprise.ch

    https://enterpriseminilease.ch/de/

    enterprise-go.ch


  • 31 Jan 2022 10:56 | Bosco (Administrator)

    As a result of its internationalization, it was a priority for Rimowa to adopt an intelligent software that could handle real-time expense reports from employees in multiple countries. Jasmin Merz, Rimowa’s Sales Coordinator, discusses the rolling out of Expensya expense reports management software in the company.

    Download the full case study here.

  • 28 Jan 2022 14:37 | Bosco (Administrator)

    Egencia announced a major recruitment drive to supercharge its existing technical capabilities in mobile, user experience and end-to-end development as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning to further expand the innovations and products released into market.

    Egencia is recruiting for nearly 100 full-time positions across the US, Europe and India including software developers, data analysts, product managers, designers and data engineers. The expanded team will focus on developing new products for its customers that will provide better user experiences that are driven by automation and intelligent data-informed solutions.

    The investment reflects the company’s belief that applying data-fuelled intelligence to its products and services will create powerful advantages for the corporate travel manager and their traveling employees. These benefits include enhanced personalization, simplified customer experience and greater cost efficiency.

    Mark Hollyhead, President of Egencia, said: “Business travel lags behind other sectors, including retail, financial services, healthcare and e-commerce when it comes to the application of data science. We’re investing heavily in enhancing our capabilities in this area to ensure near-term value for our customers and long-term growth as we move towards an open platform that unlocks new opportunities for travel managers and business travelers alike.

    Egencia has already established itself as a leader in this space – having won multiple industry awards for best product and more than $1 billion USD in new customers this year. The team has continued to lead in shaping the future of business travel, including being the first to have launched Travel Advisor, a duty of care solution that integrates alerts and advisories directly into the travel booking process. Egencia has also helped companies integrate with other SaaS products with the increased development of a modern extensible platform using APIs.

    Francisca Zanoguera, Vice President of Data & Analytics at Egencia: “We know that applying data science to Egencia’s end-to-end travel management solutions, creates new and exciting possibilities to transform our sector. We are looking forward to bringing more AI and ML-powered products, services, experiences and intelligence to the market.”

    For more information on Egencia’s open roles, please visit: https://www.egencia.com/en/careers



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