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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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GBTA VDR Europe 2023: BCD Travel sessions and speakers

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg is the place to be Nov. 14-16. If you’re planning to attend the show, please book an appointment with the BCD team and add our sessions to your show agenda.

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BCD TV: Economic growth, client wins and managing industry trends

In this episode of BCD TV, our Global COO and CCO Mike Janssen talks about heading into to the end of the year with a positive outlook as economic growth, client wins and employee retention all trend up.

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Icelandair: The spirit of Iceland

Your introduction to Iceland begins the moment you step aboard an Icelandair flight.

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Rated Platinum: BCD remains sustainable supplier of choice

For the fourth consecutive year, BCD Travel has received a Platinum rating from EcoVadis, the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. With this Platinum rating, we maintain our position in the top 1% of the 100,000+ companies assessed by EcoVadis. As part of the assessment, BCD has been rated as ‘Advanced’ in EcoVadis’ Carbon Action Module. The module is a comprehensive carbon management solution integrated with EcoVadis ratings to engage suppliers and drive decarbonization across the supply chain.

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Women leaders and legends: WINiT Top 50 recognizes Alexandria Prejean and Teri Miller

The GBTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently announced their 2023 WINiT Top 50 lists for outstanding women professionals in travel. BCD’s Alexandria “Ali” Prejean Smith, Director, Marketing & Communications, was named a WINiT Rising Female Leader. Teri Miller, Executive Vice President, was recognized in the FollowHER Legends and Mentors category.

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Celebrate rewarding stays with World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys

Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced World of Hyatt is celebrating the changing seasons by encouraging travelers to take advantage of a new global promotion for memorable getaways.

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Lufthansa develops new painting process that reduces fuel consumption

Reduce weight and fly more sustainably with a new aircraft paint job? Find out here how this works and why, for example, the weight of a Lufthansa Boeing 747 can be reduced by up to 750 kilograms (1654lbs).

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A maximized travel experience for global corporate customers

Air France, KLM and Delta lounges are designed to ensure an exceptional customer experience.

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Lufthansa Allegris marks the dawn of a new era of travel

Lufthansa Allegris is the new travel experience on long-haul routes that puts travelers at the forefront. Starting in early 2024, Lufthansa is taking travel to a new level across all classes, by rethinking seats, cabins, and services from the ground up.

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Lufthansa Group launches new long-haul flights

The Lufthansa Group airlines have announced their new routes for the summer 2024 timetable. Lufthansa has new flights to India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, Raleigh-Durham, and Seattle. SWISS adds Washington, DC, and Toronto. Plus, Brussels Airlines enhances Sub-Saharan connectivity. All new destinations bookable now.

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Lufthansa to operate eight Airbus A380s to select destinations from Munich

The return of the popular Airbus A380 in 2023 to Boston and New York (JFK) was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year at Lufthansa. Starting October 5, the A380 will fly to Los Angeles and on October 28 to Bangkok.

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Buyers, travelers and companies aren’t always on the same page for sustainability

Companies highly value sustainability but travel programs don’t always reflect it.

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AI may be new to some – but BCD has been using it for years

Some organizations may have just started testing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) but it isn’t a new technology for BCD Travel. Download and listen to the "Connections with BCD Travel" podcast to learn how we're using AI throughout our system and where we’ll focus in 2024.

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Hotel analytics: Unexpected lessons from digging into the data

Many long-held approaches in managed hotel programs aren’t supported or proven by data. For example, do you avoid nonrestrictive non-refundable hotels rates in your program to save costs? What if we told you that there may not be a need to because only about 5% of hotel bookings are ever cancelled? Think about what that could mean for your program. Now's a good time to determine what’s working and what’s not. But first, there’s more you should know.

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BCD Travel October events: Fall into savings, sustainability, AI and more

Here’s where you can find BCD Travel, Advito and BCD Meetings & Events this autumn.

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