News Clips for Corporate Travel Management: November 2012

  1. Another reason to go to Barcelona

    Registration for the Global Meetings and Events exhibition, EIBTM 2012 is now live. Pre-register now for fast track entry and to make the most of all the pre-event information and services EIBTM has to offer. This year EIBTM will extend the show profile beyond the meetings and events industry to incorporate the world of business travel.

    A logical extension to the current show profile, business travel will afford new possibilities and increased return on investment for those exhibitors and buyers already operating in this field, as well as introducing new specialist suppliers and buyers to the event.

    In 2011 57% of Hosted Buyers indicated that they organise business travel.

    For 2012 the Hosted Buyer profile has been extended to attract even more corporate and incentive travel buyers.

    The show floor will see dedicated 'Business Travel Pavilion' to showcase business travel suppliers and provide a specialist area for those business travel buyers to hold meetings, and meet with exhibitor's operating in that field.

    Click here for more details of the event and how you might be able to become a hosted Buyer

  2. easyJet announce ten new new routes on sale for 2013

    In addition to a new service to Moscow, announced last week, easyJet is offering new flights to Kalamata and Mykonos in Greece, to Santiago de Compostela- in Spain, Sofia, Berlin and Krakow in eastern Europe and Olbia in Sardinia.

    The airline will also be flying to Sharm el Sheikh and Marrakech from Stansted for the first time. Sofia will also operate from Stansted. Mykonos and Olbia will operate from Luton and Berlin and Krakow will fly year round from Southend Airport, where easyJet will base an additional aircraft for summer 2013.

    The 10 new routes give easyJet an extra 316,000 seats for summer 2013.

    Source: Travelmole - full story

  3. New London hub would take seven years to build

    Architects behind a new airport on the Isle of Grain say the project would take seven years to build.

    Norman Foster's hub airport plan is one of three schemes which have been put forward for the Thames estuary.

    Critics of the Thames airport proposals have said that building an airport in the estuary, off north Kent, could take decades.

    But Huw Thomas, from Foster and Partners, said the time from starting work to opening would be seven years.

    He said the key advantage to the site was that it could be reached from three sides by sea.

    The three plans to build airports in the Thames estuary comprise a floating airport designed by architects Gensier, another known as 'Boris Island' after it was backed by London mayor Boris Johnson, and proposals for a hub airport on the Isle of Grain designed by architect Norman Foster.

    Proposals for increased airport capacity in the southeast have also included the expansion of Gatwick and Heathrow and more use of regional airports.

    We shall continue to monitor this single most important facet of the British Travel Industry for a lifetime.

    Source: Travelweekly - full story

  4. Brazil offering excellent opportunities for Hotel Developers

    The hotel sector in Brazil is experiencing a boom, despite a number of difficulties. Grupo HG is paving new ways for international brands to invest on opportunities available.

    As the hotel industry is witnessing a face lifting time worldwide, the hotel and lodging sector in Brazil is also recovering from economic downturn and emerging stronger than it was previously. The local economy is boosted up, and occupancy and RevPAR are both up in properties across the country. Around one hundred and twenty new properties are presently in the development pipeline over the next four years.

    The future of the hospitality industry is looking bright in the fifth largest country of the world.

    Boasting a coastline, stretching for 7,490 miles, salubrious weather, the sixth largest number of world heritage sites in the world makes Brazil a prospering eco-tourism sector. Moreover, the bio-diverse rainforests and breathtaking scenic beauty also makes Brazil an attractive investment proposition. In addition, when proper improvements of infrastructure are made for 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the place becomes even more persuasive. This is evidenced by brands such as InterContinental, Accor and The Blue Tree Group.

    Source: HotelResortInsider - full story

  5. MS-UK & ACTE-Global Corporate Travel & Expense Management Forum

    Our Planning Committee have a record number of suggestions for subjects to be discussed as we sit down this week to plan our next event on the 30th April next year which will be once more be held in the luxurious surroundings of the excellent Grange City Hotel.

    Having said that if there is a subject that you would like to have on the Agenda we would like to hear from you - all suggestions to

    If you missed our Autumn event in September some of the pictures taken on the day can be seen on our website

    If you would like to read an independent view of the days' event then read Stanley Slaughter's article

    The Spring MS-UK / ACTE event which is scheduled for Tuesday 30th April 2013 - make sure you do not miss this event - make a diary note now!

  6. Norwegian announces Gatwick expansion

    Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian is to establish a new base at Gatwick airport from next spring.

    The carrier will base three aircraft at the south London airport, which according to Gatwick will enable it to offer 14 new routes from London to destinations including Nice, Marseille, Rome, Barcelona, Faro, Split and Dubrovnik. The full list of new routes is detailed below.

    Norwegian will also increase frequencies on existing routes from Gatwick to Oslo (up from three to four flights per day), and Stockholm (up from three to five daily services).

    By establishing a base at Gatwick, Norwegian will be going up against fellow low-cost carrier easyJet in what is the UK carrier's largest base. Easyjet already offers flights on the majority of routes listed below, and Norwegian will be entering an increasingly crowded Gatwick-Barcelona route, with easyJet and Monarch already serving the route, and Vueling and BA also set to launch flights next year.

    Source: Businesstraveller online - full report from Mark Caswell

  7. Customer rental experience enhanced with industry-leading QR codes

    Car rental customers now have 24/7 access to a virtual travel guide that can steer them to everything from local attractions to vehicle information, thanks to ONRAMP Concierge - a new mobile-optimized website launched by Enterprise Holdings.

    The company - which owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands - is adding unique Quick Response (QR) codes to nearly 1 million rental vehicles by the end of December to give renters on-the-go access to the site

    Enterprise Holdings is building on the success and innovation of its industry-first QR code pilot program last year, as recently noted in Bloomberg: "3 QR Codes People Actually Scan." The company is now adding QR codes, as part of the ONRAMP Concierge program, to its entire rental fleet in the U.S. and Canada - the largest fleet in North America.

    Car rental customers will use their smartphones to scan the QR codes, located on vehicle windows and key tags, to launch the ONRAMP Concierge site. They can then access information about the vehicle make and model they've rented, connect to geo-targeted websites, such as Yelp and GasBuddy, and take advantage of special Alamo, Enterprise and National offers.

    "The ONRAMP Concierge site extends our industry-leading customer service beyond our branch location and the rental transaction. Our car rentals, typically ranging from 2 to 14 days, are often viewed as the perfect test drive," said Matt Darrah, executive vice president, North American Operations. "ONRAMP adds value with easy, real-time access to vehicle information, offers popular location-based services to help customers find local restaurants and activities, as well as provides access to the latest rental deals from all three of our brands."

    As the car rental industry's most comprehensive service provider, Enterprise Holdings' worldwide network includes more than 7,700 neighbourhood and airport locations, with 6,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. The network's size and scope provide significant opportunities for the company's auto manufacturing partners to introduce new vehicles and vehicle technologies to the driving public. Alamo, Enterprise and National customers have access to nearly 150 vehicle makes and models.

    Source: Breakingtravelnews - full story

  8. Business Travel Market to Co-locate with WTM London At Excel in 2013

    London: Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) specialist corporate travel exhibition, Business Travel Market (BTM), will be co -located alongside World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, in 2013.

    World Travel Market 2013 will take place at ExCeL, London between Mondays 4 - Thursday 7 November.

    The fifth edition of BTM remains a two day event with a pan-European Hosted Buyer Programmed and takes place on Wednesday 6 - Thursday 7 November 2013, the final two days of WTM.

    The move improves the offering for exhibitors and visitors for both events and demonstrates RTE's continued commitment to deliver new business opportunities for its stakeholders.

    Source: TravelNewsgram

  9. A Treat Before the Party Season

    We know how stressful it can get at this time of the year with shorter days and nonstop deadlines, so why not treat yourself to an afternoon of pure indulgence and relaxation by booking a sublime Chocolate Facial followed by Traditional Afternoon Tea.

    This luxurious facial blends the purifying benefits of oxygen therapy with the natural hydrating properties of 80% cocoa. Pure melted chocolate is applied to the face and a deep penetrating oxygen mask nourishes skin, whilst delicious chocolate aromas infuse the air.

    Take advantage of full access and use of the Ajala Spa facilities when you book a treatment, including the pool, Jacuzzi, steam rooms and sauna.

    Or perhaps you would prefer just a taste of tradition in central London where at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel you can receive yours in the spectacular 80 foot high glass Atrium. The Afternoon Tea menu includes freshly cut sandwiches and scones with strawberry preserve and clotted Devonshire cream, followed by a delectable selection of fruit tartlets, cakes and pastries.

    Choose from Traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or for an exotic twist - the Eastern Afternoon Tea.

    For more information, see Grange Hotels' list of Afternoon Teas or Ajala Spa's list of Beauty Treatments.

  10. Biggest station redevelopment in a generation unveiled

    October marked an important day in the future of London's public transport system, as phase two of the government funded Thameslink programme is launched at London Bridge station.

    As well an ambitious redevelopment of London Bridge station, the scheme involves major surgery on miles of outdated track and signalling, with upgrades from Bedford to Brighton and on other rail routes that serve London Bridge and ultimately a fleet of new state-of-the-art trains.

    In a joint statement, train operators First Capital Connect, Southeastern and Southern commented: "This project will mean more trains and better journeys for passengers. A critical part of the plans is providing passengers with good information. That's why we are looking to build on some of the best practice seen during London 2012, and launching a new campaign - supported by the whole industry - to promote awareness. We thank passengers for their understanding and patience whilst these essential improvement works are being delivered"

    Network Rail will carry out the work to the station and track in distinct phases, each having a different impact on train services. This means a number of shorter periods of disruption rather than all passengers being impacted for the full duration of the project.

    The biggest changes include the London Overground extension opens 9th December, benefiting passengers using Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye, coinciding with the withdrawal of Southern's South London Line services between Victoria and London Bridge via Denmark Hill. The timing of many of Southern's services to and from London Bridge will be changing from 9 December as a result of the station works. For more information passengers should visit

    Source: BreakingTravelNews - full report

  11. London City - New York flight timings change

    BA has been forced to revise its LCY-JFK service due to the US Customs and Border Protection agency restricting its Shannon operation. The flight is operated by a specially modified Airbus A318 which cannot take off from the dockland airport with enough fuel to reach America. The twice daily service has to stop en-route at Shannon the US authorities providing immigration and security facilities at the Irish airport. Passengers deplane, with their hand baggage, identify their luggage, and return to their original seats.

    Effective from today (29 October) BA have discontinued the 13:00 departure, which now leaves at 09:50. Passengers will be allowed to stay in their seats at Shannon whilst fuel is added saving about 30 minutes. The flight deck crew change but not the cabin staff. Total travel time is about 9½ hours, 90 minutes more than LHR - JFK.

    The popular 16:00 departure remains arriving 20:30.

    There are slight timetable variations with the eastbound flights during the winter with the early service leaving around 19:00 (arrive 07:15) and the later flight 22:00 (arrive 10:00). Scheduled time is 7hrs 30mins, about the same as the Heathrow service. One advantage for London City Airport is that the aircraft is not on the ground for so long, freeing up critical apron space

    Source: - full story

  12. Resurrection in the air

    The new bmi Regional was launched last Monday (29 October), as a fully independent airline, five months after being bought from IAG by a consortium involving Scottish aviation entrepreneurs, the Bond brothers in non-executive roles.

    Leading the new partnership are Ian Woodley, who founded Business Air in 1987, from which bmi Regional evolved; Graeme Ross, Scotland Director, Eastern Airways, 2002-2010; and Robert Sturman, former Chief Executive at British World Airlines. bmi Regional is operationally based at Aberdeen and has a sizeable presence at East Midlands Airport.

    bmi Regional will run a total of four domestic and 11 European routes, having recently announced two new twice-daily services from Aberdeen to Bristol and Manchester to Antwerp in Belgium.

    Source: - full story

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