Leisure and business travelers accommodation

Leisure and business travelers accommodation
When business travelers look for accommodation, they focus on location. As they are tied by scheduled meetings, presentations and so on, for them the hotel's location is one of the top priorities. They need a place to stay that is close to their conference or convention venue so they will be able to attend their meeting in a short timeframe. That is why it is important for hotels close to convention centers or meeting areas to emphasize that on their advertisement in order to draw in business travelers.
Naturally, whether to speak to their clients or colleagues, business travelers have the need to be constantly connected. Being able to access their email, join a video meeting or open large file attachments quickly and efficiently is very important to a business traveler. That is why business traveler focus on looking for hotels who offer fast WiFi or at least Internet access.
As business travelers need to find a hotel that meet their criteria, business travelers tend to more loyal to a hotel than business travelers. According to a recent study from Google, 65% of business travelers belong to a hotel loyalty program. Therefore, a great way for hotels to keep business travelers returning is to offer an outstanding hotel loyalty program offering a great hotel loyalty program that offers loyal guests with special offers, free upgrades and/or free services.
For business travelers is important to find a hotel that offers all of the necessary amenities that business travelers need to prepare for their work in the morning. These amenities include continental breakfast, a coffee maker, ironing board with iron and more necessary amenities for the morning prep. As business travelers need to unwind in their hotel room after a long day of work, it is important for a hotel to offer a minibar, functional air conditioner or fully equipped bathroom to suit business travelers.
In contrast with business travelers, leisure travelers are more price sensitive. Therefore, they look for cheaper prices instead of a place that offers an array of amenities since they are not looking to spend their time in their hotel room. In fact, according to Google's 2014 Traveler Study, a majority of 63% of leisure travelers are price sensitive when deciding on which hotel to book with. Leisure travelers look for a hotel suitable for their travelers and look got the best deal. That is why it is important for hotels to offer a real-time search engine for leisure travelers to find accommodation that suit their budgets.
Leisure travelers strongly consider reviews and recommendations. In fact, they rely on advice by their family, friends, colleagues and online reviews to make their decision. In contrast, business travelers rely on company recommendations and also online reviews. According to Google's Traveler Study, 82% of leisure travelers consider reviews to be very to somewhat important, compared to 77% of business travelers. For leisure travelers, a large amount of negative reviews keep holidaymakers to choose that hotel; therefore, it is important for hoteliers to respond to reviews and resolve issues that appear on their travel review websites. Given that leisure travelers rely on recommendations, a hotel referral program can offer great benefits.
Leisure travelers are looking to maximise their vacation experience, they look for hotels that can offer them a holiday package that include either a large event in the city, walking tours around the most popular tourist destinations in the area, itineraries for family fun or romantic getaways and much more.
Leisure travelers also appreciate it when hotels offer a pool, fitness area or a restaurant. Therefore, business travelers and leisure travelers look for different amenities in the hotel they are staying at.


How to save emergency medical info


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The “Medical ID” feature in Apple's Health app - installed by default on phones running iOS 8 and newer - lets you save your emergency contact information, medical conditions, organ donor status and more. This information can be accessed even when your phone is locked.

If you open that Health app, click “Medical ID” in the bottom right corner and begin by completing basics such as your name and a photograph (which can help to identify you if you're unable to respond), and any important medical conditions. This information may include allergies, medications, your blood type and organ donor status. You can add your travel insurance details as a “medical note” even your policy number to make things easy if urgent medical assistance is ever needed overseas.
You can also add one or several emergency contacts, then when all is complete, you can tap “done” and you can preview your Medical ID within the Health app.
Once you check the “show when locked” option, the information you have added can now be seen by anybody who finds your phone, including doctors and ambulance stuff if you are taken to the hospital.
They can find this information by clicking “emergency” on your phone's lock screen, then tapping “Medical ID” which shows the same information without needing to unlock your phone.
Phone calls to emergency contacts can also be done with the locked screen so make sure you include the country code.
The Health app makes it easy to learn about your health and start reaching your goals. It consolidates health data from iPhone, Apple Watch, and third-party apps you already use, so you can view all your progress in one convenient place.


How early should you arrive


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Most airlines suggest somewhere between two hours and 60 minutes depending on the airline, the airport and where you are flying to. However, a US professor affirms that the best time to arrive at the airport is “as late as possible.”

The Daily Mail reports that Professor Jordan Ellenberg, from the University of Wisconsin, states that every hour a traveler spends at the airport is a “negative unit” since they have have spent that time relaxing at home instead.
In his book How Not to Be Wrong - The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life, Ellenberg says the risk of missing your flight compared with the wasted hours you would spend at the airport over your lifetime is worth it.
It “depends on how you personally feel about the relative merits of missing planes and wasting time. But if in the course of a lifetime you never miss a flight then you may not have the best strategy. If you've never missed a flight, you're not doing it right.”
However, this theory is a bit contradictory because people are supposed to catch their flights as you pay for a ticket, you go to the airport in time to board your plane and you fly away.
Perhaps it is not the best strategy to arrive to the airport as late as possible risking missing the flight if there are any unexpected delays on the road or check-in or security.
You can use the extra time to relax in the lounge and problem solved. You can even give yourself extra time to enjoy a drink at the airport. This doesn't have to be a negative time; in fact, it can be a great time.


Tips for traveling light


travel noise cancelling headphones

If you are on a business trip, which is usually a short trip, you might want to travel light, and in this case, the hand luggage is the answer to your prayers. Indeed, carry-on bags give you a special kind of freedom when you are traveling. No checked luggage to slow you down, you don't have to wait at baggage carousels or having your bags head to another destination different from where you are headed.

Carry-on luggage gives you the freedom to walk straight off the plane, out of the airport and be on your way to your hotel, your first meeting or your first pre-dinner drink. Here are some tips to leave your checked luggage behind and pack like a pro.
First of all, when in comes to shirts, you need to invest in some non-iron or crease-resistant cotton business shirts from quality brands and retailers.
The best way to pack a shirt is to fold them with arms to the rear and then roll them from the bottom to the top.
Don't pack your suit jacket. Wear it onto the flight and have it hung in the wardrobe or gently folded and stowed in an overhead locker. If you are going to pack your jacket, fold one of the shoulders inside the other to avoid wrinkles.
As to the shoes, you are better off taking a pair of shoes that you can wear on the plane as well as to the meetings and dinners.
If there is space in your carry-on bag to pack your shoes, you can take advantage of the extra room inside of them to place loose items or even jewelry.
When you buy fragrances or lotions, ask if you can get samples which are perfect for traveling. Otherwise, you can get mini shampoos and lotions. Always make sure that the liquids you are traveling with comply with the guidelines for flight within each country.
Go for smaller version of noise-cancelling headphones (in photo by Bose). It makes no sense to travel with huge noise-cancelling cans.
If you are burdened by a bag-full of brochures or samples to hand out to clients, instead of taking those materials with you, you can have them sent directly from your office to the hotel via courier or parcel post.
As business travelers with frequent flyer status often enjoy priority boarding ahead of other passengers, you can make the most of it by making an early claim on overhead bin space directly above your seat.
Always be prepared, make sure you know if it's going to be busy. The more passengers there are, get ready to leave the lounge early and aim to be among the first on the plane to guarantee you get room for your bags.


Sign up for a hotel reward scheme


Sign up for a hotel reward scheme

The golden rule for every world traveler is to never miss a chance to earn points, either airline points, hotel points or credit card points. All of these points are a form of currency that at some point can be converted into another currency; for instance, funneling credit card points into your favorite frequent flyer program, or used to buy goods and services (anything from a free flight or hotel stay to a coffee machine or headphones.

So you can sign up for any airline or hotel loyalty scheme through which you might earn points. If you are going to travel on an airline you've never flown before, it can make sense to join their frequent flyer program, considering most are free, and there's not the option to earn points in the reward scheme of a partner airline where you already hold a fair few points.
Some loyalty schemes are free to join, you can sign up online. These schemes can offer your advantages, such as an upgrade to a larger Premier room on one of the hotel's top floors, free WiFi Internet, credit for the minibar or the hotel's restaurant bar, handy for a cocktail at any time.
That could be just a welcome triple-treat and it could cost nothing except for the few minutes necessary to join the reward program.
Most business travelers have more control over where they stay, but sometimes, often, there will be times when a client or a conference gets you out of your comfort zone and you end up visiting a new hotel brand. So, if you find yourself in that situation, go online and look at signing up to their loyalty scheme, so you can make the most of the perks of the scheme.
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Tips to rehearse your presentation on a plane


A few tips to rehearse your presentation on a plan

If you have a huge presentation to deliver after you land and you didn't have enough time at the office, the time on the plane can be very productive. Here are a few tips to make the most of your time on the plane.

First of all, you have to edit like a film director. If you consider that filmmakers cut from 8 to 10 hours of footage to get the final 2 hour edit you see at the cinema, you learn to get the gist of the message. You need to ask yourself “why am I showing this?” to determine what is relevant enough to be on the presentation and what isn't. If it's not important enough, leave it out so you don't distance the audience from the main content and you can keep their attention.
Don't waste time on the graphics, fonts, fly-ins, fades and frippery. Choose a template, sans serif font (easier on the eye), blue-ish background and something like a 24-point minimum font size. Search for suitable images and that's it. Always keep in mind that all the graphics have to be seen easily as some of your audience might have some kind of vision impairment.
If you can rehearse your presentation out loud paying attention to where the pauses, highlights and key stories are, you will be more confident when you get there. If you can practice at the lounge in business class, that would be helpful, but if you are traveling with a colleague, ask them to listen to your presentation, discuss, defend it and justify it. Get feedback and review.
Watch your presentation back from the audience's perspective. Consider all members of the audience - key players, influencers, sceptics, hangers-on. Then stop thinking as a presenter and watch it back from each audience member's perspective. Asses if there is something compelling for each member of your audience, and balance out your presentation differently so that everyone is included and engaged.
Warm up your voice by humming and don't drink water or fizzy drinks because it constrict vocal chords and causes hiccups. Choose room temperature water, tea or black coffee and give the booze a miss.


iPhone do not disturb feature


iPhone business travel professional

If you forget to switch your phone to silent while you rest, specially when you are weary after a 24-hour flight, can disrupt a good night's sleep. This is more dramatic when you cross time zones and your destination's nighttime is midday at your home city. Therefore, you might receive calls or messages while you are trying to have a good night sleep after those tiring long flights. Interrupting your sleep patterns, particularly when you are struggling and dealing with jet lag may hinder your productivity during your business trip.

Therefore, for iPhone users, it is important to become familiar with an automatic feature named “do not disturb” which can save you from waking up in the middle of the night because of a call.
Once you enable this feature, it silences your phone during the hours you specify, while still allowing calls through from VIPs like your partner or employer.
You can find this feature underneath the “control centre” in the iPhone's Settings app and once you open it, you need to tap on “schedule” to set your permanent sleeping hours. After that you can set your limits on who can reach you during that time.
If you click on “favorites” you can pick your preferred contacts including your partner and boss who are most likely to know where you are and what time it is in your destination so wouldn't wake you up in the middle of the night unless it was urgent. Meanwhile, you can silence calls from other contacts.
You can chose those favorites via the iPhone's separate Contacts app by calling up their contact card, hitting “add to favorites”, selecting the correct phone number and you've completed that task.
You can always change your favorites by opening “contacts”, clicking the favorites icon at the bottom left and clicking “edit” at the top.
In contrast, you can use the “everyone” option if you are contacted from private or varying number and need those, as it silences other beeps such as for emails and text messages yet still need allowing your phone to ring.
For those choosing “favorites” or “no one”, your phone can also be set to ring if the same person tries to call twice within three minutes. However, you should this feature with cause as it often results in callers who hang up and dial again.
If you are expecting an important call, you can disable “do not disturb” on a one-off basis by swiping up on your phone to reveal the Control Centre, and then you can click on the moon icon. This feature makes your phone temporarily ring, beep or vibrate as usual when somebody calls you, texts you or other notifications come through; however, your phone automatically returns to your usual quite schedule the following day.
As the “do not disturb” feature relies on your phone's local time, you won't need to adjust your settings when traveling overseas or even interstate. Your phone will adapt to your regular schedule according to your destination's time.
Just make sure that your phone is set to identify where you are by browsing to Settings, then click General, then hit Date and Time and choose “set automatically” so your iPhone's time will automatically change when you cross between time zones, and you won't have to flick your phone to silent overnight.
Did you know the iPhoneX has an all-screen design with the longest battery life ever and the fastest performance, facial authentication, plus studio-quality photos from dual cameras.


Global Business Travel


The Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA's 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit gbta.org.
GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA leadership and members are often sought as experts to comment on wide-ranging issues affecting our industry. They bring to life the latest business travel industry insights, trends, advocacy, events, research and education.
GBTA recently announced the launch of registration for GBTA Convention 2019. This year's Convention, the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers in the world will be held in Chicago, August 3-7, 2019.
In today's constantly evolving business travel industry, business travelers are demanding mobility in a fast-paced environment, expressing a desire for a more personalized travel experience, and dealing with the risks associated with the current technological, environmental and geopolitical landscape – all leading to new hurdles and opportunities for today's travel professionals. GBTA Convention 2019 marks the 51st edition of The Business Travel Event of the Year. For more than 50 years now, GBTA has provided a platform for managed travel professionals to share new practices, policies and solutions to the industry's greatest issues.
Held at Chicago's McCormick Place, the largest Convention Center in North America, GBTA Convention 2019 will bring together nearly 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 175 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor with 400+ exhibiting companies, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more, providing attendees the opportunity to enhance their careers and to get business done.
Record high business travel spending is driven by a few dominant markets - namely the US, China and Western Europe, according to the report, which details travel spending in 75 countries, along with the top industries, economic factors and characteristics that influence business travel.


Bleisure is on the rise in 2019


Bleisure is on the rise in 2019

Bleisure is the combination of business and leisure and is used to describe a new trend that is on the rise among business travelers, those who mix business with leisure travel. Bleisure effectively sums up how delegates are including leisure in business trips and Bleisure is expected to be in the top event trends this 2019.

Bleisure trips are rising fast as a common form of travel worldwide, according to a new report from Bridgestreet Global Hospitality published by Skift, The survey, which interviewed 640 respondents, found that 60% said they were more likely now to take bleisure trips today than they were five years ago.
About the same percentage said they had combined business with leisure on their corporate trips, with 30% saying they had added as many as two vacation days to their trips. Those who didn't said they would have if they'd had more time.
But what kind of leisure activities do they embark on? Sightseeing, dining and arts/culture are the top three. 54% of bleisure travelers said they bring family members or significant others. (though this latter category was not defined) with them. 39% do not bring a significant other or family member with them but would like to.
One of the most surprising findings are that 1 in 7 companies already have policies that cover bleisure or bleisure-like travel, undeniably another initiative by companies to keep employees happy and loyal to the company they work for.
As you might guess, Millennials are the demographic which takes the most bleisure trips, given the way they have grown, always aiming at making the most of leisure activities. “Close attention should be paid to the fast-growing 25-34 age group - the Millennials,” the reports authors say. “More dominant in this study than the 35-44 age range, this is a generation that are natural inhabitants of the digital, blurred lifestyle and are very open to bleisure travel.”
The report concludes that businesses should be encouraging bleisure travel with nearly four out of five respondees agreeing that adding leisure days to business trips added value to work assignments.
Miriam Rayman says it adds cultural intelligence strategist. “The bleisure generation was a particular entrepreneurial type who would turn an evening out over drinks into a networking opportunity.”
The folks at Bridgestreet Global Hospitality - a company that provides serviced apartments - short-term rentals with housekeeping and utilities included. They conducted a survey to back up their “bleisure” claims, even though based on past data, there is not enough information gathered to ascertain if there is an actual distinguished new trend.
According to historic data, there has long been a group of the business travel professionals that have leisure activities onto business trips.
Travel-related business such as Bridgestreet, are obviously eager to appeal to these customers who are willing and able to spend more money per trip than those who like to keep their travel strictly professional. Therefore, marketing neologism such as “bleisure” can help companies think about how to attract certain groups of customers.
When it comes to the business traveler, adding a few extra personal days on to a business trip can be a fascinating experience. However, not all of corporate travelers have that much flexibility. Whether you need to get back to headquarters after a closing a deal or personal commitments can draw you back and keep you from booking an extra day in a destination, or you just can't afford to pay on your own for these leisure activities, not every business traveler can incorporate leisure into their business trip.


Security and backup tips for the business traveler


travel lock

If you are a business traveler, you probably have stored confidential information in either your laptop, smartphone or online email accounts. For that reason, as information is highly valued, security is of extra importance. Not only do you need to be aware of your company's data security, but backing up your work is crucial as well. Laptop users usually overlook the need to back up their own work and this often leads people into a panic when files are lost and they are trying to recover them.

As an employee, your duty is to make sure your files are backed up, your data is safe, and you are handling your work tasks while traveling. Here are some ways to make sure your security and backup strategies are in place as you travel for work.
First, you need to back up. Regular backups are important can be done by purchasing a small UBS drive that connects to your computer. You need to keep this USB drive connected to your computer and setup the backup through Windows or Mac. That way, in the case that your laptop dies or is unavailable, you'll be able to access your files through the USB which can be taken anywhere.
As to security, you need to shut down your computer properly. It is not enough to just shut the screen just because it is annoying to wait for it to shut down. If you only shut down the screen, you are risking your security because anytime a USB is plugged into your laptop while it's still on, your data can be copied onto the flash drive.
Someone might try to steal your data without you even knowing it. This could also happen to mobile phones or tables. Therefore, shut all of your equipment down or set passwords to avoid the risk.
Even though a password is important, you should set up an encryption as it offers even more protection in the case of theft or a loss. If you store customers' data for a law office or insurance company for example, a lost laptop with compromised data can be a disaster. Encrypt all of your laptop, tablet, and any other mobile device's data and back it up to avoid a big problem. This includes the entire physical drive rather than just folders.
After you back up, you have to keep the backup with you wherever you go. For the traveler, a good idea would be to keep it in your hotel room's safe, which is probably the safest option to keep your backup. You can also keep backups online but you need to have firewalls up to block connection requests which can be done with an IT staff member.
Anytime that you make a connection in a hotel, restaurant, cafe, etc, be sure to enable VPN because it's encrypted by default and your data won't be compromised. It's the most secure option compared to the hotel's network, despite it's slower connection.
As an ultimate resource, be sure to keep a powerbank or spare battery with you for your phone, laptop or tablets because you may otherwise be forced to share a charge box station at the airport. Use these tips to stay secure and make traveling not a stressful factor while you run your business.
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