Category Archives: Travel Policy

A Brighter Way to Measure Travel’s Impact

For the amount of money firms spend on travel, surely they’d like to know the impact. There is an incredibly practical – and pretty easy –  way to answer this question. Forget about ROI – it’s too theoretical.  Skip Big … Continue reading

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Road Warrior Burnout: A Worthy Problem

Too much travel can cause anybody a load of stress.   Exhibit A is Brad Feld, one of Silicon Valley’s best-known angel/venture capitalists.  He lives in Colorado and was traveling 50-75% of the time.   He hit a wall.  Knew … Continue reading

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When To Greenlight an Open Booking

When does it make sense for travelers to book outside the corporate channel?  Whenever you can get through each of these three gates: 1) Will the open booking data be acquired quickly by the corporate traveler security system?  This is … Continue reading

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Key Principles of Managed Travel 2.0

Fourth in a series on Managed Travel 2.0 Freedom. That’s the big difference between managed and unmanaged travel. Under a managed travel program, travelers have some fence posts to abide by. The question is how much room to roam do … Continue reading

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The Rise of Managed Travel 2.0

Third in a series on Managed Travel 2.0 Creativity is often born from conflict. For two decades, modern travel management has preached the virtues of travel policy compliance, use of preferred suppliers, and booking through the proper channels. See GE’s … Continue reading

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The Convenient Fiction of Program Optimization

Second in a series on Managed Travel 2.0 based on my keynote speech at the Beat Live.   Travel program optimization.  It sounds so desirable, doesn’t it? A worthy goal. A complicated process. A successful achievement. “Program optimization” is a phrase … Continue reading

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Why Traveler Friction Matters. 1st in a Series

This series is based on my keynote speech given at the Beat Live.   Traveler Friction vs Travel Policies Travel programs depend on travel policies for savings.  See how the blue line curves down, just like we expect? Travel policies … Continue reading

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Managed Travel 2.0 – Explanation and Implications

What do chickens and travelers have in common?  Both might be better off without fences. That’s one of the issues I raised today at The Beat Live’s closing speech.  This speech covered The driving forces behind Managed Travel 2.0 and … Continue reading

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From Friction to Fire at GBTA

The sparks are flying. No, not about GBTA’s IP policies – we got that resolved a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks to all who weighed in on that – GBTA leadership heard you loud and clear. This is much, much … Continue reading

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Why Bother Managing Travel?

That’s a serious question, after reading this recent GBTA report. The key findings, covered in more detail here, show that unmanaged travelers achieve better business trips, are more satisfied with their business travel – and here’s the kicker – don’t … Continue reading

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