February 21, 2013
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Best places for burger-loving business travelers to rest their buns
The survey makers at Zagat have gone flippin' mad for hamburgers. After combing through the best burger joints from coast to coast, they've compiled a list of the top 25 places to go for juicy beef, soft buns and crunchy condiments. "A well-made burger is not only tasty, but is often a quick meal for a tight schedule and easy on a travel budget," Gary Stoller writes. USA Today (2/18)
Hotels are tapping revenue potential from impromptu work spaces
Some hotels have begun managing their lobbies and other available spaces for use by business travelers as informal work or meeting areas -- and are earning extra revenue in the process. Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have put their own spin on the trend to maximize revenue -- by renting out on-demand work spaces with Internet access and a nontraditional atmosphere. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/18)
The Smarter Traveler
13 items no business traveler should leave home without
Personal "Mi-Fi" hotspots, Trusted Traveler status, and plenty of smart snacks are a few of the items road warriors should always have on hand when traveling. This slide show highlights all the things that should be packed in a state-of-the-art carry-on bag. Business Insider (2/20)
Electronics whiz lists 7 favorite business travel apps
Shawn DuBravac, head of research for the Consumer Electronics Association, is plugged into the best apps around. In this feature, he shares some of his insights with a fellow frequent flier. "Naturally, since we are both frequent business travelers, we soon ran through our list of favorite apps for business traveling," Chris Lopinto writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/15)
Refuel and Refresh
Best airports to catch a nap -- and the worst, too
Need to catch a few winks in between flights? According to www.sleepinginairports.net, the best place to do so is at Changi Airport in Singapore. Other sleep-friendly hubs include airports in Seoul, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, and Helsinki. The worst airports to sleep in, the website says, are in Sydney, Perth, Manila, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Rome. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (2/20)
Women see flat irons, good shampoo as hotel must-haves
Women want to see chargers for electronics, hair-straightening irons, yoga mats and quality shampoo in their hotel rooms, a Hyatt Hotels & Resorts survey shows. Women want these items because they would have less to pack. Some hotels are offering hair-straightening irons and upgraded blow dryers upon request. Another request: better communication and ways to leave feedback. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/19)
Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Pushing an Industry Forward
Coders sit at tables in an open, well-lit room in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Here at Cibola, a shared workplace with graffiti walls and concrete floors, the young coders are busy working on apps for the meeting industry, a segment that is ripe for development and growth. Read more at the MPI site.
Travel Pulse
Do you expect the American Airlines-US Airways merger to affect your business travel?
Yes, negatively  39.59%
No  27.39%
I'm not sure yet  19.14%
Yes, positively  13.88%
The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."
-- Erich Fromm,
German psychologist
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