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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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How Covid-19 has affected the visa process

Travel and visas go hand in hand. And if truth be told, obtaining a visa to travel is a tricky experience at the best of times. Add to this the fact that many business trips are affected by constantly changing travel restrictions, and the main challenge for travellers today is how to get a visa in time. Covid-19 complications Covid

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How to revamp your Meeting & Event planning

Like travel, face-to-face meetings and events were among the greatest casualties of the pandemic. But as travel restrictions start to relax across the globe, meetings and events are starting to regain traction. Despite this, travel rules are regularly changing, so there is a risk that delegates may not be able to travel at the time of the event. As a result,

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Pre-trip approval automation helps company fulfil its duty of care commitment

Challenge With the added complexity of travelling post Covid, our client, a Global company operating in 27 countries, asked us to improve pre-trip approval to ensure the safety of their travellers. While there are various approval tools in the market, the client required a bespoke solution to meet their business needs. Approach Pre-Covid the client had workflow approval in place.

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Hotel program sourcing in 2021

Next to air travel, accommodation usually makes up the bulk of the business travel budget. But what has changed post-COVID? And what are the best practices for optimising your business hotel program now that it’s become more dynamic? Here we discuss what we feel is the best path for sourcing and driving intelligent buying decisions. Sourcing Strategy It is doubtful

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Check-in on Airline sourcing trends

In the past year, the global pandemic and resultant economic crisis have changed nearly every industry. In terms of the travel industry, COVID-19 has devastated the airline sector and forever changed consumer behaviour. Airlines will be required to rebuild their business models in order to survive, and whilst they grapple with how to re-build, there are three key areas predicted

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3 Reasons why you still need a TMC

Since the dawn of the Internet made it easy for travellers to book their own travel, “the end of travel agents” has been predicted. But that hasn’t happened. In fact, 43% of travellers still choose to use a Travel Management Company (TMC) when booking flights.* This may seem old-fashioned, but while technology helps make routine travel tasks easier – which

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Implementation of and end to end travel program generates 39% savings in 2 years

Challenge Our customer, a global packaging company selected Rennies BCD Travel as their new travel management company (TMC) in South Africa.The company asked us to migrate them from a traditional service to an online booking tool (OBT). To simplify the travel program, they also wanted to integrate their existing travel and expense tools. These systems worked independently of each other

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Women power the tourism workforce

In South Africa, 09 August holds great significance for our nation as we celebrate women’s achievements on this day. It is also a day to remind us of gender equality. The tourism sector* has been a female-dominated environment for many years, with Travel Management Companies leading the way. For example, at Rennies BCD Travel, over 80% of our workforce is

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How to incorporate sustainable travel into your policy

There is no denying how the global environment improved when the world went into lockdown in 2020, which is why Covid-19 has taken sustainable business travel practices from being an important consideration to an essential one. Interestingly, aviation’s contribution to climate change – 3.5% of warming, or 2.5% of CO2 emissions – is less than one would think. Be that

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What you need to know about the EU Digital Covid Certificate

The key objective of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is to facilitate free movement inside the European Union by allowing those who hold one to be exempt from quarantine or testing requirements when crossing a border into a participating country. The EU Digital Covid Certificate officially launched on 01 July 2021 and will remain valid until Jun 2022. The certificate

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Travel technologies that are here to stay

Nothing in the history of the world has fast-tracked the adoption of digital solutions like the COVID-19 crisis has. It changed human movement patterns, forced industries to re-evaluate their efficacy, challenged traditional ways of life and created an opportunity for previously reluctant sectors to embrace change and evolve. For years travel technology has been evolving to make travel more seamless

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Airport Etiquette in the Time of COVID

The COVID pandemic has resulted in a swathe of strict safety measures being implemented in airports across the globe, most of which are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Travellers have entirely embraced the need for social distancing measures, wearing masks, temperature checks, and COVID testing as a pre-requisite to a safe (not to mention healthy) journey. But if

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5 steps to keeping travellers safe

Duty of care is a simple concept. Employers must help keep their travellers safe and healthy whether in the office or on the road. In the wake of Covid-19, having a duty of care policy is no longer an option but a necessity. It’s worrying, then, that a GBTA survey found that 46% of UK and USA business travellers work

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What post-COVID-19 travellers need to know

Navigating travel has always had its challenges, but since Covid, a new era of travel has been defined. With vaccinations proceeding at breakneck speeds, travel rules around the world are changing equally fast. With borders opening and airlines ramping up capacity, travellers face new questions and concerns. What is my health risk? Do I have to self-quarantine? What if a

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Solutions for the COVID-19-travel era

With travel risks and requirements changing by the minute, real-time information is a must-have for confident decision-making. Pre-COVID-19 programs focused primarily on two phases of the trip cycle: the booking process and the actual journey. Now there are new areas of focus that are just as, if not more, important. The first is the decision phase, where a traveller looks

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Facilities management in travel

Tourism accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP and contributes over R2 trillion to the African continent’s economy. As one of the most mature digital commerce sectors, the Travel and Tourism industry is at the sharp edge of global technology and economic shifts. The fact that travel ground to a halt globally because of COVID-19 has irrevocably highlighted this. In

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Greening your business travel program

The COVID-19 pandemic has refocussed the spotlight on sustainable business practices. Choosing a carbon-neutral partner is expected to become an essential consideration in supply chains to help companies reach their sustainability goals in the coming decades. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aviation contributes about 2-3% of the world’s global human-induced carbon emissions. When it comes to travel,

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Supplier sourcing

For years travel management teams have applied the same formula for driving travel savings. One thing is for sure, doing more of the same won’t deliver the supplier savings you hope for. A recent study conducted with travel managers across different industries established that 84% of companies currently allow only essential travel. Historically supplier negotiations used a  volume-based contract model,

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The route to reaching travellers

You would think that in the era of the internet, wi-fi and mobile phones, staying in touch is easier than it’s ever been. The reality is that communicating with travellers in other countries still has its challenges. Add to this the unpredictable environment post-COVID-19 and travellers need more responsive support than ever before. A recent BCD survey* asked what type

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3 Focus areas for creating a new travel policy

As travel restarts post-Covid, Travel Managers are better positioned to assess what will work best for them in the future, considering the lessons learned from the pandemic.  Before COVID-19, many business travellers booked their journeys outside the company’s travel policy program. In the future Program Managers will need to ensure that employees align more closely with their companies preferred channels to

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Overhauling your duty of care program

Boarding the plane is often the last of many steps in the business traveller’s journey. Before travellers get to this point, ensuring their safety has become a complex process. Even before COVID-19, Duty of Care was high on the priority list for most businesses. Add to that the challenge of navigating the pandemic’s constantly changing travel restrictions and it is

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Travel a year down the line

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the travel industry is slowly starting to regain momentum. While tourism to South Africa has dropped dramatically, domestic travel has reached up to 25% of pre-Covid level travel volumes – almost double that of regional and international air travel volumes, according to South African Tourism’s Road to Recovery report published in

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The future of hybrid meetings and events

Our recent Linkedin survey revealed that over 50% of travellers currently prefer to attend business meetings via a video conference rather than in-persons, and this view is supported by our global survey. Here’s what we know now, courtesy of BCD Meetings & Events. The return of face-to face meetings ‘Studies show that face-to-face conversation is an important aspect of a

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Airline Contracting – There is a revolution afoot

COVID-19 has flipped airline contracting models on their head. In the new travel landscape volume-based models no longer exist simply because travel has been forced to a grinding halt. Add to this the fact that fares are expected to increase because fleet capacity is reduced and sustainability depends on inevitable alliances, it stands to reason that airlines must find creative new

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At home COVID testing launched

If you are planning to travel internationally, you will have to provide a certificate confirming that you have tested negative for COVID-19 and the test cannot be taken more than 72 hours before arrival at your destination. Your health comes first and that is why Rennies BCD Travel is making the experience easier for you. We have expanded our home

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2021 Top hotel sourcing trends

Business travel programs have historically focused on controlling costs. But in the chaos, the Covid-19 virus highlighted the importance of protecting the workforce. This has resulted in a major shift to duty of care and traveller wellbeing. How does this change your preferred supplier agreements? Based on a recent BCD Travel survey, the majority of Travel Managers are re-negotiating existing

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