February 7, 2013
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Moscow hotels retain world's priciest room rate ranking
Room rates in Moscow averaged a budget-bruising $414 per night in 2012, making it nine years running that the Russian city was the world's priciest place to stay. The annual survey, conducted by a U.K.-based travel, expense and data management firm, noted that the world's hotel rates grew by an average of 1.4% -- a number slightly higher than in 2011. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/3)
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Business travelers suffer when good technology goes bad
Flight-grounding computer system glitches or power outages are just two potential technology pitfalls business travelers face each time they fly. "We've lost untold hours of productivity, missed flights and had our schedules mangled," Joe Brancatelli writes. American City Business Journals/Chicago (2/6)
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The Truth About Cloud Security
Protecting your clients' sensitive data is not optional. Data security is so important in finance that suspicion alone leaves many firms to reject modern cloud software as new or unproven. However, the facts tell a different story. Read this revealing e-book for 13 security facts your organization needs to make the best decision for your clients.
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Hotels offer creative modes of transport
Hotels are offering more than typical shuttle service, giving guests the ability to get around on land and water. The Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne in Manhattan provide free bikes, while Conrad New York and Conrad Miami offer bike rentals. The Peninsula property in Bangkok offers four riverboats and an open air taxi (known as a tuk tuk), while the Italy's Four Seasons Hotel Firenze rents Vespas and guests can rent Segways at Berlin's Circus Hotel. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/4)
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67% of business travelers can book online, but only 33% do it
A leading provider of IT solutions for the global tourism and travel industry has released a report that indicates two-thirds of business travelers now have the opportunity to book their travel through an online agent. However, the Business Travel Insights report created by Amadeus reveals only about half that number actually take advantage of this option. Travel Daily UK (U.K.) (2/6)
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Refuel and Refresh
The new luxury-hotel lobby is more than a welcoming space
Today's luxury hotel lobbies are more than a place to enter the hotel and receive a warm welcome. These spaces draw upon planning and design innovations to create social, interactive spaces where visitors can work, socialize and unwind, this feature says. Hotel Interactive (2/4)
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All Nippon Airways adds new green tea, sake and wines
All Nippon Airways first-class fliers will soon get to sip on Gyokuro tea, and Yamecha tea will be served in business class. The carrier is also adding premium wines and sake made by Iwaki Kotobuki Junmai, which was originally brewed in the area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. BusinessTraveller.com (U.K.) (2/5)
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Top Travel Manager Priorities for 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) recently published its "CWT Travel Management Priorities" report based on an international survey of nearly 800 travel managers. The scope of the survey includes companies with midsize national programs and an annual travel spend in the range of US$2 million as well as companies with large, international travel programs with an annual travel spend of more than US$100 million. Read more at the MPI site.
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Travel Pulse
Are you abandoning rental cars for taxis and public transit?
Yes -- the prices are getting too high  39.46%
No -- I like the convenience of driving myself  32.83%
I'm going to wait and see  27.71%
SmartQuote
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Thomas Szasz,
Hungarian psychiatrist and academic

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