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Podcast: BCD execs on mashed potatoes, the future, and why it’s time to stop using a certain ‘P-word’

Are you plugged in to the “Connections with BCD Travel” podcast? Catch our final episode of 2023, featuring Stephan Baars, President & CEO, and Mike Janssen, COO and CCO. Stephan and Mike talk about everything – from their BCD origin stories to what they've heard in 2023 and what excites them about the year ahead.

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Virtual payment cards save Cracker Barrel thousands in annual costs

The travel program team for Cracker Barrel, a U.S. restaurant and gift store chain with over 73,000 employees at 650 locations, is responsible for reconciling all travelers’ hotel charges each month. Previously manual and paper-intensive processes caused issues and delays for the travel team and the accounting and finance departments. Cracker Barrel needed a solution that would improve the reconciliation processes and restore balance in their travel program. BCD Travel integrated Virtual Payment Automation (VPA), saving Cracker Barrel $15,000 in annual costs and 40+ hours monthly on manual processing. Check out our case study below.

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Global Risk Forecast 2024: Crisis24 reflects on the year ahead

Geopolitical risks, climate change, and technology advancements all have the potential to affect operations – including business travel – in 2024. That’s according to intelligence provided by risk and security experts Crisis24, a BCD Travel marketplace partner. Crisis24 provides security advisory, crisis management, cyber security, executive protection and journey management, and travel security services. Their recently produced Global Risk Forecast 2024 forecast examines why, how and where key world events could cause disruptions.

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Flight into the future: KLM gives go-ahead for Electric Flying Connection Tour

At the end of August, KLM invited a number of people to take part in trial flying lessons in an electric aircrafts. KLM has joined forces with Electric Flying Connection (EFC) and the E-Flight Academy. Instructors from the E-Flight Academy operated 18 training flights from Lelystad Airport to Schiphol-Oost and back.

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BCD is the 2023 Most Admired Travel Management Company

For the seventh consecutive year and eleventh time total, BCD Travel was recognized as the Most Admired Travel Management Company (TMC) by the BTN Group. The announcement was made at the 16th annual The Beat Live on Dec. 5 in New York City. The Beat, a widely read business travel newsletter and website published by the BTN Group, asks readers each year to name their most admired technology company, travel management company, airline, payment company, lodging brand and car rental brand.

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Live, work and play with Accor in 110 countries worldwide

Accor offers the most diverse brand portfolio in the industry with over 5,500 hotels in 110 countries, across all segments – from luxury to economy. Their strong ecosystem also includes brands for extended stays, private residences, as well as entertainment and co-working solutions.

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New partnership with Ávoris Corporación Empresarial makes BCD leading TMC in the Iberian Peninsula

Spain’s leading travel group Ávoris Corporación Empresarial and BCD Travel have expanded their strategic partnership to Portugal. Travel agency Barceló Viagens, part of the Ávoris group, is one of Portugal’s leading travel companies. As BCD’s exclusive official representative in Portugal and member of its Global Network, they will now operate as BCD Travel Portugal, making BCD the leading corporate travel company in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Thon Hotels goes the extra mile to make good days even better for business and leisure travelers

Thon Hotels is a gateway to a unique blend of quality, sustainability, and warm hospitality. Since our establishment in 1989, we have consistently delivered exceptional experiences in some of the most picturesque locations across Scandinavia and Belgium.

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BCD shares 2024 travel industry predictions in new report

The BCD Travel Research and Intelligence team has published its 2024 outlook for economic prospects, key risks, projected prices for air, hotel, and car rental, sustainable travel trends, and more.

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FOCUS on BCD Media & Entertainment in London,
Dec. 5-6

Don’t miss out on FOCUS 2023, happening Dec. 5-6 in London. BCD Media & Entertainment experts will greet you there on the show floor.

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Fly Air China with strong European network and premium services

The Chinese flag carrier operates an extensive network between Europe and China, with excellent transfer conditions to domestic destinations and major cities all throughout Asia, rounded off by comprehensive premium services.

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Embrace a world of advantages when flying TAP Air Portugal

TAP Business Class offers you a unique flight experience.

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BCD supports Hiring Our Heroes to connect the U.S. military community with career opportunities

BCD is partnering with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) to provide workforce development experiences to highly skilled and educated transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers in the U.S. military community. Hiring Our Heroes connects participants with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.

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Meet the whole world – with limitless connections

The Lufthansa Group’s extensive route network offers countless opportunities and limitless connections to nurture existing contacts and establish new business relationships.

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BCD Travel wins “big” TMC awards in Europe

BCD won the ‘Travel Partner of the Year – Large TMC’ award at the Business Travel Awards Europe 2023 in London and TMC of the Year at the Zakenreis Awards 2023 in the Netherlands.

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Meet the team: BCD Travel Life Sciences Center of Excellence

As the leading life sciences travel management and meetings company, BCD’s Life Science Center of Excellence (LSCOE) services over 100 organizations in this sector across travel, meetings and consulting, including 90% of the top 20 pharmas in the world. Get to know the team.

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Eliminate fear and financial worry for clinical trial participants

One major barrier to clinical trial participation is economic stability. Many people, especially those experiencing health crises, simply do not have the financial means to participate in the trials. The BCD Travel Life Sciences Center of Excellence (LSCOE) works with organizations to remove financial barriers to patient access, helping increase participation and decrease trial attrition.

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BCD’s Jonathan Kao named Managing Director for North Asia

Jonathan Kao, the current Managing Director for Greater China, will assume an expanded role as the Managing Director for North Asia, effective January 1, 2024. Kao will oversee BCD Travel's operations in China, Hong Kong, and Japan.

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3 things to check ahead of hotel sourcing season

Smarter sourcing begins with understanding market conditions, internal drivers for travel, and specific needs across stakeholder groups.

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Explore with BCD Travel: November 2023 events

BCD Travel, Advito and BCD Media & Entertainment will attend conferences in Amsterdam, Hamburg and London in November. Check out our schedule below.

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UK Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) applications now open for Qatari nationals

Nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) will be first to benefit from the United Kingdom (UK) Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme. Applications are now open for Qatari nationals.

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BCD TV: What’s at the heart of sustainability and DE&I strategies?

Sustainability isn’t just climate concerns and carbon actions. To be sustainable, you need to focus on people. And people are at the heart of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategies. BCD Senior Vice President of DE&I Yvette Bryant shares how Sustainability and DE&I work together, with insight into BCD’s journey.

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BCD TV: Information is power in protecting LGBTQ+ travelers

BCD Senior Vice President Kathy Bedell and BCD TV host Chad Lemon met at GBTA Convention 2023 in Dallas to discuss protecting the LGBTQ+ mobile workforce. Kathy Bedell's take: Information is power when it comes to pre-, during and post-trip preparation and feedback from travelers.

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BCD staff join worldwide A21 Walk For Freedom

The A21 Walk For Freedom took place across the world on Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual event raises awareness and funds to end human trafficking. This year, BCD Travel staffers across the regions were among the tens of thousands of participants. The walk took place in over 425 communities in more than 56 countries and reached nearly 800 million people through media. Here’s what some of our people had to say about their experience.

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