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January 8, 2013
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  • European airlines improve first-class, business offerings
    European airlines are bolstering premium service to differentiate themselves from low-cost airlines. The new strategy also involves improving business class with amenities such as flatbed seats. "[Flat-bed seats are] a cheaper option for corporate clients who can head straight to a business meeting without spending a few hours of freshening up at a hotel," Marilyn Gerlach writes. Reuters (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Agents optimistic about corporate travel in 2013
    Eighty percent of travel agents surveyed by Travel Leaders Group in its annual Travel Trends Survey said they expect business travel to grow or be on par with last year. Finding ways to trim costs and save on business travel are still paramount, and business travelers who use a corporate travel management company have a distinct advantage because they can travel more frequently as they contain costs on each individual trip, said Barry Liben, CEO of Travel Leaders Group. TravelPulse (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

The Smarter Traveler 
 
  • Top gadgets for better business travel
    A number of little gadgets can improve your travel experience, writes Mary Branscombe. For example, the Fitbit One can track your physical activity, while the Defender H200 can back up your critical data. ZDNet (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Must-have mobile apps for travelers
    Travelers can update their smartphones with some highly recommended applications to make travel easier. Among them are the Kayak, SeatGuru, FlightTrack Pro, and OpenTable mobile apps, Scott McCartney writes. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
Read the compelling results of this 2014 survey conducted by SHRM and Kronos® that demonstrate how a clearly defined strategy to monitor and manage absence, with proper training and automation, can help control costs associated with absences and improve your bottom line. Click here to learn more.

Refuel and Refresh 
 
  • Hotels shift to fast-casual dining concepts
    Hotels are catering to guests who want healthy food on the go. Another trend is meals and beverages of different sizes. "The typical breakfast, lunch, dinner -- appetizer, entree, dessert model is not something that our guests are responding to anymore," said Beth Scott, who manages Hilton's eating concepts. USA Today (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

Travel Pulse 
  • What do you expect to see in your business travel this year?
Higher fares
Lower fares
No major change

SmartQuote 
A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time."
--Carolyn Wells,
American author and poet

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