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Master events with “mojo”

Event planning is an art form, a symphony of details, and a stage for unforgettable moments. It’s not just about coordinating logistics; it’s about creating experiences that leave lasting impressions.

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Travel Market Report 2024

Our BCD Global 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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Lighten the travel load

One of the more interesting questions posed on a general knowledge show was “Why are planes painted white?” Needless to say, that piqued our interest. Not to say that we don’t spend countless hours contemplating all things travel

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The benefits of bleisure and enhancing your EVP: travel as a reward

In a dynamic corporate landscape where the pursuit of work-life balance is more crucial than ever, integrating Bleisure – a blend of business and leisure travel – has gained momentum. A recent survey by Expedia Group revealed that 60% of business trips were extended for leisure purposes, underscoring the growing appeal of bleisure among today’s workforce.

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10 Tips to take the stress out of business travel

Any seasoned business traveller will attest it’s not all glam and gram. Beyond the polished LinkedIn posts lies the reality of disrupted sleep, packed schedules, and, often, solitude. While business travel incorporates work and routine, it doesn’t have to be stressful.

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How to beat jetlag

In the fast-paced world of business, where time is money and every second counts, jetlag can be a formidable adversary for business travellers. Balancing packed schedules whilst traversing time zones can place undue stress on the traveller, hampering both well-being and productivity, especially for those flying east and losing precious hours.

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Top women-run hotels and accommodation

Several trailblazing women have risen in the dynamic world of hospitality, leaving an indelible impact. Their innate flair for curating comfort, combined with a pioneering spirit, has led them to redefine excellence in this sector. Join us as we spotlight these remarkable women and their thriving establishments in the realm of accommodations.

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The economic impact of women in travel

Travel seems to be the domain of the ladies who account for the majority of the workforce and who bring something special to the table. It’s the perfect example of synergy arithmetic, the 1 + 1 = 3 phenomenon. The intangible contribution of women in travel is as much an asset to travel management companies as the distant and exotic locations they endorse to boost tourism.

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Combatting period poverty

Our focus is squarely on social responsibility this month as we pay tribute to the spirit of Mandela Day and take action to inspire change in our communities. For us at Rennies BCD Travel, which is made possible through our work with Dignity Projects through the Modern Community Foundation that makes reusable sanitary towels for young ladies living in underprivileged areas.

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Empowering communities through partnerships

Every year, Mandela Day serves as a poignant reminder of a man who honoured the power of reconciliation and exhibited extraordinary courage and remarkable vision. His generous spirit lives on throughout the world, and we celebrate the wisdom he shared through our ongoing initiatives to help others. It’s the finest example we know of paying it forward.

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Empowering communities and our value chain

Creating sustainable opportunities by empowering small, start-up businesses in our industry, the tourism sector, and our country is a core focus for our business.

South Africa’s unique history has created an opportunity for a symbiotic relationship between emerging businesses and large corporations. The growth and support of Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment is crucial for all private and public sector enterprises.

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Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

At Rennies BCD Travel, our leadership philosophy mirrors our perspective on travel – it has a global, future-oriented outlook. We see sustainability as a concept that transcends beyond the conventional. It’s not just about responsible travel and fuel efficiency, but it extends to envisioning the larger framework and strategising for what lies ahead.

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Practical ways to care for the planet while travelling for business

Travelling for business doesn’t have to come at the expense of our planet. As responsible travellers, we can care for the environment in various ways while still fulfilling our professional obligations.

At Rennies BCD, we go beyond offering eco-friendly options for flights and accommodations. We collaborate with hotels and airlines that have established sustainable practices, ensuring that corporate travellers can make conscious choices that align with their sustainability goals.

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Sustainability: Buzzword or the real world?

The travel industry is witnessing a shift from over-tourism to sustainable tourism, raising questions about sustainability’s real impact and benefits. According to Gregory Miller, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel, sustainable tourism is about building a meaningful connection between visitors and locals, emphasising community and shared passions.

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Take your events from good to great!

MICE Tourism has exploded in what can only be described as a tsunami of events in every conceivable form. In the travel space, groups travelling for meetings, exhibitions or conferences are governed by different policies and conditions and fall under the purview of events specialists who provide a unique service in this space.

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24/7 Travel Support – Anytime, Anywhere

Welcome to the fast lane of corporate travel, a space dominated by Rennies BCD Travel, the Best Travel Management Company in Africa, and your passport to complete peace of mind.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, peace of mind is rare. Urgency and emergency dominate the landscape of corporate workspaces, and people are constantly on the move to maintain a presence in the global village.

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Our program managers are an extension of your business

In today’s fast-paced, constantly evolving business environment, organisations need efficient and effective ways to manage their travel programs. That’s where Travel Management Companies (TMCs) come into the picture. TMCs are responsible for coordinating and managing corporate travel, ensuring businesses can focus on their core operations while employees travel smoothly and safely.

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People, the power behind travel personalisation

The travel industry is no stranger to the transformative power of technology. From convenient online booking tools to digital check-ins and global tracking technology, it’s undeniable that tech is reshaping how we travel. However, ask any seasoned traveller, and they’ll agree – it’s the people who truly make a journey unforgettable. And when planning a trip, none more so than the dedicated professionals working behind the scenes to ensure a seamless experience.

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The rise of MICE tourism

The MICE industry refers to the planning and execution of business-related events, consisting of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions. In the travel space, these groups are governed by different terms, conditions and cancellation policies for business or leisure travel, making the management of this type of travel a specialist field of expertise.

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Taking care of life sciences travel

The highly regulated and demanding nature of travel for Life Sciences travel is exemplified by board meetings, training sessions, seminars and product launches and includes patient travel, which means travel cannot be managed as a ‘typical’ corporate program.

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What you need to know about the new SA travel pass

The airport experience has morphed dramatically in the past decade with the introduction of biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Passenger numbers are set to double in the next twenty years, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), but airport expansion won’t keep up.

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How the digital nomad lifestyle is changing travel

With the flexibility to work remotely, it makes sense that digital nomadism is an increasingly enticing lifestyle, with an estimated 1 billion digital nomads expected to roam the globe by 2035. This is a trend that is changing the travel industry, compelling a shift in focus, and is one that cannot be overlooked.

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Business travellers’ guide to handling strikes

Strikes are a swear word for most travellers. They cause mayhem and incite fear, but this need not be the case.
Preparedness is the key to navigating “strike season”. It’s important to remember that both your Travel Management Company (TMC) and the airline will usually inform you of any potential strike action, so that strikes pose little threat and are little more than a nuisance.

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What’s up with SA air travel

Despite an encouraging resurgence in air travel in 2022, the majority of the traffic is international and domestic carriers have only seen a slight uptake of around 7%. This is in part due to the fact that domestic travel was not as severely impacted by global lockdowns as international travel.

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Joining the A-team

At the heart of tourism, the culture and heritage of each destination intrigues and inspires people to visit, explore and experience. It’s about engaging with locals who share their stories and history with others. Karabo Sepharatla certainly has an interesting story to tell, and he is sharing it with tourists from far and wide through his company, Camping Khapela.

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10 tips for Business traveller safety

We’ve compiled a list of travel safety tips to help make business travel as smooth as possible. While this isn’t a complete list, these tips are a great starting point to help you plan a safe and productive business trip.

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What’s shaping global hotel trends in 2023

It’s all happening in 2023, and this is what’s in store for hotels around the globe.

The return of Corporate transient travel has increased hotel occupancy to 90% of pre-pandemic levels. As corporate travel stabilises, hotel demand will remain variable in 2023. High inflation globally and corporates curbing travel spending means hotels must adopt flexible pricing models to deal with current short-booking window trends and ongoing market crises.

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The future of car rental – more choices on the road

Veteran car rental analyst Neil Abrams famously said, “We’re in a transformative stage in the car rental industry. A radical new transportation paradigm, where the lines between car ownership, rental, and lease are blurred beyond recognition. In that world, cars will drive themselves and Apple, General Motors, Hertz, and Google will be in the same business.”

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The state of air travel in 2023

A seismic shift toward new and innovative thinking is revolutionising business models across the board and is a good reason for strategists to rethink the future. Tesla, Uber and Airbnb have all been major disruptors and proven that holding onto the tried and tested may prove to be an act of futility in these turbulent times.

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Top 5 Business Travel Trends for 2023

Even in this world of instantaneous communication and social media connectivity, business travel is still as necessary as ever. As business travel returns after the shakeup of the pandemic, the main reason travellers are hitting the road is for ‘face-to=face’ client meetings to reinforce relationships , sales meetings and conferences. But how travellers undertake their journeys has changed..

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Top tips for planning an international trip

As international travel starts to bounce back, it’s vital to make sure you’re prepared for your journey. Business trips are important, and planning your trip effectively will help you to arrive at your destination relaxed, making you more likely to create a good impression and concentrate on the purpose of your meeting.

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How TMCs help to keep your travellers safe

As a Travel Management Company (TMC), we understand the importance of ensuring the safety of your business travellers. In today’s global climate, it is essential to be aware of and plan for potential risks to traveller safety. Fortunately, advances in travel technology can provide travel managers with robust solutions to evaluate these risks and provide instant support to those in need.

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3 ways a TMC improves travel efficiency

Each company has its own challenges and nuances, making each travel program unique. Using a Travel Management Company (TMC) can provide significant benefits for businesses with a large number of employees who travel for work. A trusted travel partner can unlock the potential in your travel program, improve the efficiency of your staff and your business as a whole.

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3 ways your TMC can save you money

When managing a business travel programme, the looming question remains how to cut business travel costs and improve efficiencies.
As businesses balance growth and expenses, some may see cost savings as cost-cutting, but slashing travel budgets and other key spending can be short-sighted. The key is not to reduce spending but to increase travel effectiveness towards meeting the company’s goals.

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Creating a 21st-century workforce

For decades headlines have predicted the fall of the travel agent as the proliferation of online booking options has risen. But never before has the value of a Travel Management Company (TMC) and the expertise of its advisors been clearer.

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Power up your sustainability goals

Remote and hybrid work is now the new normal, resulting in a wide range of alternatives to help us do business remotely instead of making the trip. Equally, every aspect of the travel experience is changing, leaving business travel at an interesting crossroads.

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Domestic travel: expect to pay less from 2023

Local and international travel has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride since Covid travel restrictions were lifted earlier this year. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), total traffic is now at 68.7% of pre-crisis levels. But as travel has increased, so have airfares.

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Rennies BCD Travel announces new CEO: Reece Oakes will take the reigns as CEO on 01 October 2022.

Rennies BCD Travel is pleased to announce that Reece Oakes has been appointed as the CEO and he will assume his position on 01 October 2022.

This comes at a time when the business is experiencing rapid growth as travel returns to pre-pandemic levels. The appointment of a new CEO reflects the confidence that the business has in the rebound of the tourism sector.

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Rising travel costs are not all doom and gloom

Most industry pundits predict that business travel airfares will continue to rise through the rest of this year and even into 2023.

It is forecast that business travel prices are set to increase by almost 50% in 2022, according to a report from the Global Business Travel Association. Next year, fares are set to increase more than 8%, the organisations projected.

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The power of a passport

Quite obviously, a passport is fundamental to travel, but according to the Henley Passport Index (HPI), not all passports are created equal.
The HPI, compiled by Henley & Partners, is regarded as the authority on passport strength globally. Broadly speaking, the strongest passports are those that permit citizens to enter the most countries easily, without additional entry requirements.

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Travel – more than just a business trip

September heralds Tourism Month, which is especially important in 2022 as we look to drive and support local travel and hospitality. These sectors remain key to boosting the economy and job creation, with tourism comprising 4.7% of the South African workforce pre-Covid and contributing 3,7% to South Africa’s GDP – more than agriculture, utilities, and construction.

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How to manage rising business travel costs

Following on from pandemic-imposed travel hiatus, there is no doubt that people are making a point of travelling as often as they can afford. This is not mere conjecture: Consumer Price Inflation data published by Statistics South Africa in June indicates that passenger transport by air increased by a massive 49.5%.

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10 ways to hang on to your luggage

With flight cancellations and delays being the new normal, your luggage is more at risk of being mismanaged than ever before. In fact, the American Department of Transportation recently released an alarming statistic in April

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3 benefits of using an online booking tool
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3 benefits of using an online booking tool

If you’re weighing up the benefits and drawbacks of using an Online Booking Tool (OBT) for your business travel arrangements, we can make it simple for you. Whether you’re a travel manager or a traveller, the benefits of doing it this way are many.

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Schengen Visas: your go-to guide

Europe remains an extremely popular destination for many South Africans, with Paris, London, Rome, Venice, and Prague featuring amongst the top five cities visited. As a case in point: in 2019, South Africa was rated within the top 15 countries whose citizens had applied for the most short-stay visa applications.

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Writing a travel policy – what to consider

When your workers travel for business, their safety is paramount. Before they consider heading off on their trips, you and your travellers must be mindful of the risks.

For peacefulness and welfare of all involved and to uphold your duty of care policy, it helps to prioritise your risks in line with intensity and occurrence.

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Travel policy – 4 ways to reduce traveller risk

When your workers travel for business, their safety is paramount. Before they consider heading off on their trips, you and your travellers must be mindful of the risks.

For peacefulness and welfare of all involved and to uphold your duty of care policy, it helps to prioritise your risks in line with intensity and occurrence.

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The rise of the Digital Nomad

When your workers travel for business, their safety is paramount. Before they consider heading off on their trips, you and your travellers must be mindful of the risks.

For peacefulness and welfare of all involved and to uphold your duty of care policy, it helps to prioritise your risks in line with intensity and occurrence.

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7 Tips for a relaxing business flight

When you travel for business your employer generally expects a lot from you . Hassle-free travel leads to happy travellers. Making the most of your onboard experience will help you arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to work. Here are some tips to maximise your comfort onboard.

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Digital Health Pass update

With the outbreak of COVID, digital Health Passes (sometimes called a “vaccine passport”) were developed to aid safe cross-border travel by verifying a person’s negative coronavirus test result and if they are fully vaccinated.

While various options are being developed, they all do about the same thing – digitally store vaccination records.

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Travelling with purpose as business travel resumes

In the past 20 months, a good share of day-to-day work communication moved online with little to no loss in employee productivity and company bottom lines. While business travel came almost to a complete halt, many businesses recorded high profits. Understandably, executives started wondering whether past travel volumes were needed.

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Why is business travel necessary in the digital age?

In a fast expanding digital age, many are questioning the future of corporate travel.

Based on research by the London School of Economics, the more a group of people work virtually, the less effective it will be. One of the immediate objectives of business travel is to communicate knowledge and views.

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Fintech’s role in the future of business travel

The business travel industry finally seems to recognise the advantages of adopting financial technologies (fintech). The rewards of embracing fintech for travel as a whole is enormous: One estimate proposes that the adoption of fintech by all channels could grow total consumer spending on travel by nearly $80 billion annually. It resonates most with business travel because of its prospect to save time and money.

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Protect your business travellers from cybercrime

In addition to protecting your health when you travel, also remember to protect your devices. In recent years, cybercriminals and hackers have targeted several leading travel brands, including airlines, hotel companies, IT companies, travel companies, airports and fuel suppliers.

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Duty of care extends beyond business trips

As companies continue to manage hybrid workforces, they must extend their responsibility of care outside business travellers to include all employees. The tendency of workers becoming digital nomads, working remotely and frequently changing their location further reinforces the need for risk management beyond business travel.

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In person meetings still matter

The number of remote, screen-based interchanges has grown incrementally since the onset of the pandemic. Technology has perpetually altered the way we work. But online isn’t the most suitable solution for all meeting types. Video calls perform well for certain meeting types, but occasionally it’s more effective to conduct business in person.

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Updated travel restrictions for South Africa

The International Air Transport Association is asking countries to re-assess the travel restrictions put in place to prevent the transmission of the Coronavirus across borders. With the virus now prevalent in most countries, testing rules have made travel safer around the world, and most travel restrictions have begun to ease.

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The Post-Pandemic Glossary for Travel Managers

The travel industry is well known for combining words to express a new trend or experience – think of bleisure, glamping, babymoons, etc. Covid-19 saw new words like ‘social distancing’, ‘self-quarantine’, ‘super-spreader’ and ‘contact tracing’ added to the dictionary.

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Integration drives efficiency and savings

Companies are increasingly searching for integrated travel management solutions to meet their specific needs. We partnered with our client to build customised processes and solutions, specifically targeting integration points to streamline processes, improve efficiency and drive savings.

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3 Emerging Business Trip Trends

As the world gets its balance back and employees start returning to work, one thing is clear – employees have missed human contact and personal interaction. We surveyed some of our travellers earlier this year, and 85% of clients expect their companies to retain a hybrid working model.

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Traveller checklist 2021

BEFORE YOU GO Get the most up-to-date information on country Covid stats, restrictions, vaccination and quarantine requirements. Check here Make sure you have the correct documentation. As a minimum you need: a valid passport, E-Ticket and boarding pass, Valid visa for arrival destination (if applicable), Quarantine arrangements upon arrival (if applicable), Completed Exit Health Form, Negative COVID-19 test. (You can

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Travel innovation – the new way of doing things

The race to innovate and digitise travel has always been competitive. While the events of 2020 put the entire value chain under pressure, the travel industry has always been resilient and used the challenge to accelerate innovation in digitisation, develop new technologies and enhance business models to get business back on track. Here are the three biggest drivers of change:

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