7 Reasons to Attend the 2019 PA Show in London

Seen one corporate conference, seen ‘em all, amirite? BZZZT! I’m wrong. (That was the wrong-answer buzzer sound, for those of you who aren’t into game shows.)

 

I personally am looking forward to the London PA Show, coming up next week on February 26th and 27th at the Olympia London convention centre. Meant for PAs, EAs, VAs and Office Managers, the two-day trade show is the largest of its kind in the UK.

 

If you’re in need of a hotel, check out our list of top business hotels in London.

 

Keep reading to find out why you should come out from behind your office computer screen and join us at the PA Show.

 

  1. Become a pro

 

 

I’ll admit it, you seem to be pretty good at what you do. (I’m guessing.) But don’t you want to be even better? Don’t you want to be the best PA/EA/VA/Freakin’A the business travel industry – nay, the world – has ever seen? Well, now’s your chance. Come hear industry experts (yes, that includes me!) speak and share their insider knowledge with you. The exhibition is a great way to become more professional at what you do and advance in your career.

 

  1. Make your life easier

 

Be the first to find out about the latest innovative technologies and tools that can help you work more efficiently. Whether it be a handy business travel management platform or a user-friendly project management system, the PA Show is the place to discover useful methods to make your workdays smoother.

 

  1. See and be seen

 

The thought of networking can sometimes make the best of us want to call in sick and crawl back under our covers. But once you get out there, it can be fun. More importantly, it can be game-changing for your career. 87.6% of business is about who you know. I may have just made up that statistic, but you get the point. Meeting face to face with relevant people in your industry can get you far. Not to mention, there’s even a Networking Bar.

 

  1. Meet suppliers

 

It’s one thing to do research online to find potential vendors you can work with. But actually meeting them in person is so much more effective. You can skip all the first steps of endless research, emails, scheduled phone calls, and rescheduled phone calls. Talk to suppliers or vendors and make a deal on the spot, or at least form a personal and memorable connection and get business cards for later.

 

  1. Get inspired

 

Workin’ 9 to 5 can get you feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. Sure, you’re getting your work done, but you’re probably also getting sick of the monotony of office life. Routine can lead to less motivation, resulting in less productivity. Attending the PA Show will let you remember why you do what you do, will give your brain a kick in the behind, and will boost your creativity. Hearing from other individuals in the industry will give you new ideas and improve performance.

 

  1. Get a live demo

 

We’ll be presenting Arbitrip’s personalized business travel program on February 26th. Come visit Booth H40 and experience a live demo of our travel platform. We’d love to meet you! Email us to schedule a demo at [email protected]

 

  1. IT’S FREE

 

Need I say more?

 

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Hope to see you there!

 

Where: Olympia London, Booth H40

When: February 26th-27th

Register Here

How to Create a Badass Business Travel Policy

Now that the new year has begun and your holiday hangover has worn off, it’s time to refresh your corporate travel policy or to create one from scratch. There are several things to keep in mind when coming up with an effective policy that will maintain balance between company needs and employee satisfaction. Read on to find out how you can kick off the new year with a business travel policy of steel.

PLANNING THE POLICY

Before you begin writing the travel policy, make sure you set goals and negotiate deals.

#Goals

Okay fine, when most people use the popular “#goals” hashtag, they probably don’t have corporate travel policies in mind. But most people aren’t you! As Travel Manager, it’s important that you set goals before writing up the policy. Meet with the relevant people in the office to discuss the business plan for 2019 so that you can create a travel policy that’s the right fit for your company this year. Goals can include anything from cutting corporate travel costs to making your employees happy so they stick around longer. Once you’ve established what your goals are, you can get to work on ensuring the travel policy matches those goals.

Hotel haggling

Now that you’re clear on your goals, you’re ready to negotiate. All employees appreciate the flexibility, so you’ll want to negotiate travel discounts with various hotels in specific cities to keep your travelers’ options open. The idea is to save your company money through great discounts while giving your employees as much of a selection as possible. Not a great negotiator? Ask your accommodation partner to help you close deals. We’re an excellent haggler.

WRITING THE POLICY

You’ve set your goals and negotiated deals with hotels. Next, you’ll want to include the following elements in your travel policy.

Expense rules

Even the most loyal employee can exaggerate their travel expenses. By writing a crystal clear section on expenses, your employees will know what they’ll be reimbursed on, and you’ll limit the element of surprise when it comes to crazy expenses. No more “Surprise! I bought my dog a cashmere sweater with company money, because of course I had to take him with me on the business trip, and he gets cold.”. A travel management platform can greatly help you establish approved expense categories and non-refundables so your employees will know exactly what they will and won’t be reimbursed for.

Expense reporting process

You’ve listed the allowed expenses. Now you need to lay out the process for reporting expenses and getting reimbursement. This can vary from company to company, so it’s up to you to choose what works for your business. Be sure to describe what documentation you’ll require from your travelers (such as receipts), and when the deadline is for submission. Do you require pre-approval for any expenses? Mention that in the policy, as well as who should be contacted for pre-approval. The more specific you get, the less room your employees will have for asking for reimbursement on irrelevant expenses.

Employee safety

If you want your employees to be an asset to your company, you’ll probably need to keep them alive! Detail safety procedures in your travel policy so your travelers can stay protected. Explain what kind of travel insurance the company has, and who should be contacted in case of emergency. Also, a little light stalking never hurt anyone! Use an online booking tool that lets you track your travelers during their trip. That way, if anything goes wrong, you can know where they are. Not in a creepy way.

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Of course, there are more details to consider when creating a business travel policy, but these points should help get you started! To best manage employee travel, try Arbitrip’s personalized travel platform.

Top 5 Business Hotels in London

Top 5 Business Hotels in London

So your employees are planning a business trip to London, baby, yeah! (Protip: never say what I just said to your employees – or anyone, for that matter – if you’re not in the mood to get an eye-roll as a response. I just couldn’t resist.) There are so many great choices of business hotels for your travelers to stay in, and we’ve narrowed them down to our top 5, just for you.

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street

Right in the midst of famous London theaters and in the heart of Covent Garden, this Edwardian hotel is a favorite among business travelers. After a long day of meetings, your employees can throw off their suits and throw on their tuxes (do people still go to operas in tuxedos?), for a classy night at the opera, at the nearby Royal Opera House. If they’re feeling especially fancy, they can even enjoy a luxurious spa treatment right from the comfort of their hotel room (because heaven forbid they should be forced to take a taxing elevator ride down to a spa!).

Guests of the Radisson Blu are particularly pleased with the competent, friendly staff, the central location, and the boutique feel of the hotel. Although the rooms are not exceptionally lavish, they’re modern, clean and comfortable.

The Montcalm Royal London House

This one’s an excellent choice for business people who like to party. Situated in Finsbury Square and right near beautiful Finsbury Park, travelers who stick around for the weekend can dance the night away at a warehouse party. Young employees (or not-so-young employees who are young at heart) will feel at home in the area, which is full of students and drunken soccer (I mean football) fans.

The Montcalm Royal, formerly the Royal Mail headquarters, has a striking style: a combination of mid-century and contemporary design. Guests are fans of the quiet rooms, excellent beds, and pleasant showers.

H10 London Waterloo

South Bank’s H10 is optimal for first-time travelers to London. Right near Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tate Modern, this hotel is the place to stay for those who want to fit some must-see London sights in between business meetings. Visitors can relish in the vibrant London culture, take a walk along the Thames, and admire the stunning skyline from the hotel bar.

The hotel features bright rooms and unique architecture with asymmetrical shapes and a touch of elegance. H10 guests can’t seem to get enough of the wide, delicious selection at the breakfast buffet, or the complimentary chocolates and cakes that await them in their rooms.

Dorsett City London

This chic Asian-inspired 4-star hotel is located in London’s financial district, not far from lively Shoreditch, where your employees can stroll through boutiques, art galleries, and markets during their free time. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are right nearby as well.

Dorsett City guests can work out whenever they please at the hotel’s 24-hour gym, and pamper themselves afterward with a refreshing rain shower. Review after review mentions the excellent amenities, including shaving kits, complimentary water bottles, and toothbrushes. Guest also appreciate the closet space and marble and gold-plated bathrooms, fit for Marie Antoinette.

The Marylebone Hotel

Posh (or posh wannabe) travelers should go for the stylish Marylebone Hotel, situated in Marylebone (surprise!), one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods. They can shop till they drop (as long as they get up for work, that is) in the fashionable area, and wine and dine themselves to their hearts’ desire in first-class restaurants.

Marylebone guests love getting spoiled by the wonderful staff, especially the team who takes care of the meeting rooms. They enjoy socializing in the lobby, drinking at the refined cocktail bar, and jumping into their cozy beds after a long day.

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Great! You’re all set with a selection of business travel hotels for your employees. Now it’s time to implement a business travel program to help you stay within budget. Get started with Arbitrip’s personalized travel program.

5 Ways to Cut Business Travel Costs

As a travel manager, you’re no doubt well aware of how critical corporate travel can be to your company’s business. I mean, if the title of this article had been “5 Reasons to Stop Business Travel,” you’d probably be pretty bummed out, since that would put you out of a job! Lucky for you, the Big Boss at your company already knows how important employee business trips are – that’s why he hired you!

The fact that your company acknowledges the need for corporate travel, however, does not mean that they’re happy about all the money it’s costing them. Thankfully, there are things you can do to decrease costs. Trust me – your CFO will thank you. Read on to find out some simple tricks to help you cut down on business travel expenses.

  1. Plan like a pro

Scheduling your employees’ trips ahead of time can save you a lot more money than you think. If you book flights over a week prior to departure, you can help save your company more than $100 per employee plane ticket.

In addition to scheduling in advance, you can also save money by considering the specific time you have your employees travel. You’ll want to avoid the dates of major events like London’s Fashion Week, for example. Same goes for spring break – try to avoid it (unless you’re eager for an “employees gone wild” sort of trip), and work around the specific dates of spring break. I know, I know, this isn’t a perfect world, and you have to allow for last-minute needs. But when you can, booking in advance and being careful about timing is a must.

  1. Make saving a win-win

If you have kids, you probably know how well the rewards system works with them. Rather than focusing on the punishment your child will get every time they break a rule, offering them a treat each time they do something good makes them feel proud and accomplished for good behavior.

Newsflash: adults are just like kids. We like to be rewarded too – whether in the form of praise or free stuff. That’s why rewarding your employees for saving money instead of punishing them for spending too much can be wise. Face it – your employees don’t care about saving your company money. They need an incentive. There are different ways you can go about this. You can choose to set a specific budget for your travelers, and if they spend less, give them credits for future trips. Alternatively, you can allow your travelers to keep a percentage of whatever they save. That will help keep them stay within budget without making them feel like you’re cheaping out on them.

  1. Perfect your policy

Establishing an effective corporate travel policy is no easy feat. There are tons of things to consider, including booking flights and hotels and setting an allowance that makes sense. Check out the travel policy you currently have in place, and decide if it needs improving. Make sure everything is laid out clearly so that your travelers know everything they need to know in order to stay in budget.

  1. Set up pre-approvals

How many times have you seen employee trips being canceled and money being wasted? Probably enough for you to know that a good pre-approval system is key. If you set one up, you’ll be able to save your company money on unnecessary costs. Make sure all employees understand who they need approval from for travel, so you can avoid canceled trips.

  1. Get smart with travel tech

Your phone’s smart, your watch might be smart, (hopefully you’re smart), now it’s time your travel management processes be smart! Gone are the days of pretty much anything manual. By using travel management technology, you can do everything I mentioned above in a fast, simple way. A travel management platform will help you plan business trips, set clear budgets, establish a pre-approval system, and come up with an optimal travel policy.

Check out Arbitrip’s business travel program to get you started on decreasing business travel costs today.

Top 5 Business Hotels in NYC

Top 5 Business Hotels in NYC

If a free trip to the city that never sleeps isn’t enough to keep your employees happy, an awesome hotel to stay in while they’re there should do the trick. We’ve come up with a list of the best business hotels in New York City so you can suggest them to your travelers.

 

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

Location, location, location! The LES is a hip, fashionable area of New York. Plus, it’s got amazing delis. People have been known to travel across the world just to get a good pastrami on rye with a kosher pickle on the side. Your employees could kick back with a beer at a comedy club after a long day of meetings and get a tattoo of their future ex-girlfriend to abashedly hide under their suit when they get back to the office.

 

Aside from the great location, the hotel itself is artsy and boasts a rooftop bar with views and people that are easy on the eye. A quick morning swim at the pool should give anyone the energy they need for a productive day. One thing that makes Hotel Indigo a favorite for business travelers is the friendly staff and small comforts like USB ports on the night tables.

 

Nomo SoHo

If neighborhoods were people, the LES would be the quirky, artsy, laidback younger sibling, and SoHo would be their more responsible, chic older sister. SoHo is the place to be for shopping lovers. There’s eye candy every which way, from the high-end boutiques and trendy pop-up shops, to the designer knockoffs that lace the cobblestone streets, for the more frugal among us.

 

Guests at Nomo SoHo can enjoy fancy treats like eucalyptus and mint shower gel, or more practical benefits like fast internet and a mobile phone with unlimited free and international calls – perfect for business purposes.

 

The New York EDITION

Nomo SoHo may be fancy, but The EDITION is fancy schmancy. A partner of the Ritz Carlton, this luxurious 5-star boutique hotel is inside the famous clock tower built in 1909, and features a Michelin-starred restaurant.

 

Travelers can refresh themselves after the flight with a therapeutic massage at the hotel spa, and enjoy the convenient midtown location. Guests at the elegant EDITION have noted champagne that appears as if from nowhere, the magnificent view of the city, the proximity to subway stations, and the VIP feel that the hotel provides them.

 

The Marcel At Gramercy

Situated next to Gramercy Park, the Marcel is close enough to tourist destinations, but not too close. Business travelers can get away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square while taking in the breathtaking view of the Empire State Building. The 10th-floor business lounge is great for working, having meetings or relaxing while enjoying free wifi and tea, and the rooftop terrace is excellent for basking in the sun.

One thing that sets this hotel apart from the rest is exceptional service. Guests are greeted by a smiling bellman and are well taken care of by the helpful staff.

 

EVEN Hotel New York – Times Square South

This one’s a paradise for health buffs. Your employees can keep up with their daily exercise routine, with strength training and yoga equipment in their room, or work out in the nice-sized gym (nice-sized for the city, that is). The practical and health conscious hotel is within walking distance of the business district and Penn Station.

 

Guests of EVEN love the nutritious breakfast, the complimentary water bottles, the quiet rooms, and the smart mood lighting.

 

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Now that you’ve got a nice selection of business travel hotels that will make your employees love you, you’re almost all set. Let’s get you started with Arbitrip’s business travel program that can help you reduce costs, time and stress. Check it out.  

Why Every Business Should Have A Travel Program

Why Every Business Should Have A Travel Program

Noise canceling headphones? Check. Passport? Check. Travel program? Not so much…

 

Whatever the size of your company, startup, or scale up, business travel will inevitably be one of your management challenges. Unfortunately, many growing companies don’t have a clear travel program in place. And this can be a big mistake.

 

Your team’s travel needs can be quite unpredictable throughout the year. Businesses often require that the office manager, HR department, or personal assistant takes on the responsibility for booking flights, hotels, taxis, and everything else that comes with it. As you might imagine, without a clear policy or travel program, a company may run into miscommunication or overspending related issues.

 

Having a clearly defined travel program can help keep things running smoothly and avoid a few headaches along the way! So let’s take a look at the benefits of implementing one in greater detail.

 

Establishes rules

First and foremost, a travel program will define a number of rules, which will help the travel manager or executive assistant make decisions much more easily. It will also help establish boundaries and ensure that team members don’t seek out preferential treatment.

 

Keeps budgets on track

Travel is expensive and it’s easy for costs to get out of hand – especially when it comes to booking flights and hotels. Having a travel program will help you keep your expenses in check and follow a strict budget.

 

Reinforces the need for planning

A travel program also helps set deadlines for business travel. This will help reduce the number of last minute trips (where possible) and will lower the number of stressful unplanned scrambles to find suitable hotels, transport, etc.

 

Standardizes suppliers

By carefully evaluating which hotel chains and airlines offer the best value, you can save time, money, and ensure a certain standard of service. Of course, you must also take into account the number of stopovers, comfort and safety of your staff when selecting suppliers. Make sure you get feedback from your team each time they travel and re-evaluate when costs rise, or the quality of the service drops. If you use a dedicated travel agency, you will be better able to keep track of your team’s whereabouts.

 

Clarifies expenses

Travel programs must also establish what expenses are covered, how they should be claimed, and who should be made aware of them. A blurry travel expenses policy can lead to misspending, confusion, or even quiet resentment when different team members are given preferential treatment. If you provide an expenses card for regular travelers, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your costs more effectively.

 

All in all, an effective travel program will help you to reduce costs, track spending data, avoid stress, automate approvals, and ensure that every team members knows where they stand when it comes to business travel.

 

Do you have any questions about setting up a travel program? Arbitrip is here to help! Drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you.

Travel Management for Startups

Travel Management for Startups

As a startup you’ll inevitably have numerous policies and processes to implement (yay…!) including travel management.

 

Admittedly, it’s not always an easy (or particularly sexy) task, but it’s important to get right. And these policies can save money in the long haul.

 

Need a few pointers? Here are some top tips for setting up a great travel management program for your business.

 

Make a Travel Management Policy

A travel management policy will help you get all your ducks in a row. So, what should it do?

 

  1. Outline the booking processes employees need to follow – for example making all bookings through one central person, or specifying which suppliers should be used.
  2. Include expectations or restrictionsset regulations like booking as far in advance as possible, or set out how much the business is prepared to pay for a night’s accommodation.
  3. Look after employees’ interests – while costs are important, it’s equally crucial to make sure your people are treated well. For example, bankrolling business class for long distance flights could mean employees are better rested when they land.
  4. All policies should include risk mitigation – preventative measures and processes designed to keep staff safe in the event of a mishap or crisis. This is a moral and legal obligation.
  5. Clearly communicate the policy across the company – let everyone know the policy exists via a summary of key points to outline expectations.

 

Choose Providers Carefully
The need to cut a trip short or delay a flight is not uncommon, so it’s best to include flexibility when booking. Choosing providers that allow for last minute cancellations or changes will make everyone’s life easier and save money.

 

Sticking to one or two flight providers can also pay dividends, as many offer flight credits or points that the business can cash in, or offer to employees as rewards.

 

Request a Breakdown of Costs

Choosing what initially appears to be the cheapest option isn’t necessarily going to save you money. Budget hotels often charge for business essentials like Wifi, and these fees can multiply. Higher end hotels tend to include business basics and could be better value. Being savvy and asking for a full breakdown of costs will ensure transparency.

 

Smart Management

Intuitive and inexpensive software like Arbitrip is changing the face of travel management by simplifying processes. Our corporate travel platform helps businesses find the best hotel stays within their budgets. But we’re more than a clever booking tool. Our easy to use dashboard gives travel managers and other stakeholders the reports and insights they need to keep track of activity and spending. As a result, we have helped companies save thousands of dollars in travel costs.

 

Keep Up to Date

And last but not least, this industry is rapidly evolving. Following national or worldwide bodies like the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and attending shows like the UK’s Business Travel Conference, will help you keep abreast of the latest trends and regulations and how they affect your company.

To Pre-Pay Or Not To Pre-Pay? That Is The Question…

The problem with business travel – particularly hotel stays – is that there’s too much choice. Not just concerning the inclusion of breakfast, airport transfers, and proximity to company offices/conference venues – but how the darn thing gets paid for.

 

We can pay online, in person, on arrival, at checkout, or have someone else handle it completely. But actually, when you think about it, you can group these into two primary transaction types: Pre-Pay and Post Pay.

 

There are many differences between the two types: in terms of cancellation policy, changes flexibility, cost, and operational process. Let’s take a closer look…

 

Post Pay

When the business traveler pays at the hotel at the end of their stay. The company or travel agent just put a credit card up as a guarantee.

 

Main Advantages

  1. You can usually cancel post pay bookings at the last minute.
  2. Post pay bookings are usually more flexible: so if a traveler needs to shorten his stay while he’s already there, it’s usually not an issue.
  3. Payment isn’t taken until the visit, which can be easier on companies’ cash flow.
  4. Employees can use their travel credit card and earn points as part of a hotel loyalty program.
  5. Reclaim VAT. The invoice is issued from the hotel directly to the business: meaning the company can claim for a VAT refund.

 

Main Disadvantages

  1. Employee uses a company credit card or submits the cost via expense report.
  2. Some employees might not be crazy about having a £2,000 charge on their credit card bill.
  3. Post pay rates tend to be more a more expensive option.

 

Pre-Pay

The company pays for the hotel before the traveler arrives. A voucher is issued which the traveler shows during at check-in.

 

Main Advantages

  1. Employees don’t pay at the hotel (company pays directly).
  2. Usually more competitive rates than Post Pay.
  3. No need to reimburse or issue a credit card to employees.

 

Main Disadvantages

  1. Usually more restricted cancellation policy: you can cancel up to 48/72 hours before the check-in date.
  2. Less flexible in terms of changes: some rates even prevent a guest name change and most won’t let you shorten your stay (though often this depends on the hotel booked and the rate paid).
  3. Sometimes employees have problems claiming their loyalty points. Since the room was booked through a 3rd party and not directly with the hotel, some hotels will not consider their stay as valid.

 

While different companies and individuals will have their own preferences, Arbitrip offers the benefits of both: the flexibility of Post Pay with the cost savings of Pre-Pay. You simply set a budget and our matching algorithm finds the right kind of hotel for your stay and re-books it when a better deal becomes available.

 

Want to find out more (about Arbitrip!)? Get in touch.

 

Trends in Business Travel Management – What’s up in the UK?

 

What’s the next big thing in business travel? That’s the question every travel manager should be asking. Luckily, the Business Travel Conference (TBTC) in London on September 19-20 should provide a stack of answers… but here’s a sneak peek at some of the hot topics British travel managers are tackling right now.

 

Post-Brexit Budgets

Few travel managers disregard budget airlines these days. But the post-Brexit vote fall in the pound means even low-cost airlines are getting crushed by bumped up costs, so UK travel managers are currently keeping a very close eye on seat prices.

Moving forward into 2018 and beyond, expect to see more business conducted in the UK. Falling Sterling rates will make Britain cheaper for incoming travellers; although UK travellers heading overseas will face higher hotel costs.

 

Don’t Overlook Duty of Care

Duty of care will be a hot topic at this year’s TBTC. There’ll be sessions on bringing your business duty of care policy up to scratch and how to implement the policy whilst still looking after costs and other considerations. UK travel managers have noticed huge efforts from hotel chains to try and tempt travellers to book with them directly. While this may save money at face value, it causes a large area of concern in terms of security protocols being breached. Without oversight from a dedicated travel manager, the lines of communication can be blurred.

 

Millennials Prefer Mobile

At least a quarter of all business travel booked in the UK in 2017 has been via a mobile app. This is set to rise again next year. Given that younger groups of business travellers check their mobile on average 157 times a day, businesses that neglect to cater to this are missing a trick. Check out the sessions at TBTC that will help you understand more about using mobile apps in travel management.

 

‘Optional’ Extras

A survey by Fortune Magazine showed that 55% of travellers considered in-room technology and WiFi to be most important when booking business travel accommodation. As more and more premium hotels offer access to these services for free, travel managers are finding that the budget hotels that charge for these services aren’t always the most cost-effective option – when looking at the overall price of a hotel stay. There are numerous sessions at TBTC that will walk travel managers through the best hotel options for their business.

So, for UK- and overseas-based travel managers looking to keep ahead of the issues that are relevant to their business, TBTC will provide the knowledge and expertise needed, and give them valuable insight into the areas they need to keep an eye on moving into 2018.

Be sure to stop by our stand and say ‘hi’!

 

Photo by David Dibert on Unsplash

 

 

 

Five Reasons To Attend The Business Travel Conference 2017

The Business Travel Conference (TBTC) – happening in London between September 19 and 20 – is an unmissable opportunity for travel managers looking to make new connections and get some insider tips from those in the know.

Previous delegates describe TBTC as the only conference to attend if you’re in the industry! Here are five reasons you should come along too…

 

1. Learn the Tricks of the Trade

TBTC is a chance for anyone tasked with organizing company travel to absorb new information and gain the skills and knowledge needed to help them overcome the hurdles they face in their day-to-day roles.

This year’s program includes sessions on getting to grips with travel technology; how to get the best accommodation rates; negotiating airfares; and getting your rail fare spend under control.

 

2. Network!

Ok, so it’d be strange if you went to an event like this and didn’t expect to mix with other delegates and exhibitors. But the key difference with TBTC is that there are specific networking opportunities throughout the event; held in smaller and more friendly settings. You’ll be able to meet all the suppliers from the exhibition – including airlines, hotels, and travel technology specialists. Oh, and don’t forget: there’s also a free lunch and evening drinks reception (if that sort of thing appeals…!)

 

3. Over 60 Leading Business Travel Suppliers

Whatever kind of travel booking you’re responsible for within your company, you’re guaranteed to find plenty of leads to follow up on from the exhibitors at this year’s conference. Take a look at the exhibitor list here. You won’t get hounded or be given the hard sell, just the opportunity to walk around the exhibition and meet with the suppliers you want to connect with.

 

4. It’s Free!

A two-day pass (or one day if you can’t tear yourself away from the office) for the entire event is free for anyone who works in business travel planning. Last year more than 80% of attendees said they would be able to save their company more money as result of attending TBTC – and more than 90% said they took away ideas and knowledge that they could put into practice when back at work. Not bad for a free pass!

 

5. Come and Meet Arbitrip!

You’ve been reading the blog – maybe you’ve even learned a thing or two from us (!). But now we want you to come meet us in the flesh. Yup, we’re gonna be at TBTC too, so don’t be a stranger! Come talk to us and find out how we can help you manage your travel, save your company money when booking online and increase your travelers’ satisfaction.

We can talk you through how our technology works (if that’s your bag), give you advice, and explain the benefits using us will give your company. So do stop by and say hi: we look forward to meeting you!

You can find out more details about the conference here.