Brazil's blooming business travel industry is the Rio deal | Slumping Cathay Pacific counting on business travel boost in 2013 | Business Travel Twitter Awards separates the tweet from the chaff
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March 14, 2013
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Brazil's blooming business travel industry is the Rio deal
The Global Business Travel Association reports a surge in business travel to Brazil. With spending nearly tripling over the past 12 years, Brazil's business travel industry has climbed to eighth among developed markets -- and is expected to pass Italy, France and the U.K. by 2015. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (3/13)
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Slumping Cathay Pacific counting on business travel boost in 2013
Cathay Pacific Airways took a double revenue hit last year in the important areas of freight and front-of-plane ticket sales. But the Asian airline predicts revenues will rebound along with business travel. "Corporate travel was hanging reasonably well last year and all indications are that this year will be even better than that," said CEO John Slosar. Bloomberg (3/14)
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The Smarter Traveler
Business Travel Twitter Awards separates the tweet from the chaff
Chris McGinnis has hashed out the best travel-related tweeters for the frequent flier. "Who has the time to sort through the millions of #travel-related tweets?" he asks. McGinnis is so pleased with his picks he's labeling this exercise the first Best Business Travel Twitter Awards. San Francisco Chronicle (3/12)
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Virtual assistants take a backseat to real-life butlers
Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia has unveiled its Airport Butler service to help travelers navigate the airport experience. The airport offers three packages, with or without the use of a golf cart. APEX Editor's Blog (3/12)
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Refuel and Refresh
Hotels now more accommodating for the female business traveler
Armed with the knowledge that roughly 80% of business travel decisions are made by women, hotels are holding open the door to change -- and improving the overall experience. "Hotels are starting to realize that when it comes to travel decisions, women are really influential," says Carolyn Pearson, founder of a website geared for the female business traveler. CNN (3/7)
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Credit card issuers beef up airport lounge benefits
Premium credit card issuers such as American Express are opening airport lounges alongside airlines as they compete fiercely for the business of travelers willing to pay annual fees for perks, this article says. The Centurion Lounge at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is available free of charge to American Express Centurion Card holders, and the company plans to open more such lounges in the U.S. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/11)
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Balancing Technology and Humanity
Technology may draw you to an event and may help you with that first step, but it’s the face-to-face connection that seals the deal. The MPI Chicago Area Chapter realizes that, and TechCon was a great success because of the balance between technology and humanity. Read more at the MPI site.
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Travel Pulse
Do you use in-flight Wi-Fi?
Yes.  34.99%
No, I don't see the need.  34.59%
I would if it were faster and more reliable.  17.89%
No, my airline doesn't offer it.  12.52%
SmartQuote
People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."
-- Florence Foster Jenkins,
American amateur operatic soprano
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