The American Express Global Business Travel Forecast for 2014 anticipates a variety of pricing changes for business travelers — some higher, some lower, some flat.
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If you have to fly in economy class on long-haul international trips, do you ever check the seat width on various airlines before booking your trip? Airbus says a new scientific study proves a seat that’s 18 inches wide is much better for sleeping than a 17-inch seat.
A new poll of meeting planners finds that the number of company conferences is expected to show minimal growth in 2014 as corporations become stricter about budgets and compliance issues for travelers.
Do you feel guilty about spending the company’s money to make your life on the road a bit easier? The younger you are, the less guilty you’re likely to feel about splurging on business trip enhancements, according to a new survey.
It’s true that the recently ended federal government shutdown did not take air traffic controllers, TSA officers or Customs agents off the job, so the logistics of business travel kept operating. But some leading travel organizations are warning the government that the shutdown had a real, measurable downside. And those ill effects could easily be repeated when the next fiscal cliff comes along — in about three months, if Congress learned nothing from the last go-around.
A new survey of 1,200 mobile workers at hundreds of companies worldwide finds that almost-constant connectivity via mobile devices is spurring them to put in lots of extra hours; in addition, many feel compelled to stay in touch with the office or remain available virtually all the time for fear of losing their jobs or hurting their career advancement.
Even though the federal government has partially shut down and laid off hundreds of thousands of workers, business travel continues to operate fairly smoothly so far — although there are concerns about long term effects if the shutdown continues.
Airlines and airports have done a lot to keep air travelers connected and informed, but a new survey from FlightView finds that they could do more to provide the kind of data that road warriors really want —and one thing in particular was at the top of the list.
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International travelers arriving at Chicago O’Hare are the first in the nation to benefit from new Automated Passport Control (APC) devices designed to speed up Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing. Travelers can use ORD’s 32 free, self-service APC kiosks to scan their passports and answer Customs questions via touchscreen. Then the device prints out a receipt they can hand to the CBP officer. It’s not as fast as CBP’s Global Entry program—but that costs $100 to join. On the hotel scene, The Langham Chicago recently opened at 330 N. Wabash in a 52-story tower designed by Mies van der Rohe; its 316 rooms are all 516 square feet or larger. Later this year, the former Sutton Place Hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood is due to reopen after a renovation as the upscale Thompson Chicago, a member of Thompson Hotels. A spring 2014 debut is planned for InterContinental Hotel Group’s Hotel Indigo Chicago–Millennium Park, a remake of the old Atlantic Bank Building at 168 N. Michigan. And construction is due to begin next year on a 1,200-room convention hotel linked to McCormick Place Convention Center. The hotel will be owned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which also owns the convention center and the adjacent Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
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In a recent survey, National Car Rental found that business travelers are more likely to reward themselves with food over fitness. In fact, nearly half (44 percent) of business travelers surveyed indicated that they reward themselves by sampling local cuisine when traveling for business, as opposed to only 29 percent who indicated they reward themselves by spending time at the hotel gym. Other popular rewarding activities included going shopping (30 percent), checking out local tourist attractions (27 percent) and visiting the spa for a treatment (13 percent).