Business Travel Resources

Research & Intelligence: Welcome to our Business Travel Management Resources page.

Here you'll find a variety of information to help you plan and manage your company's business travel. Whether you're looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline your booking process or ensure the safety and comfort of your employees on the road, you'll find valuable resources and tips on this page.

From reports and insights to case studies and infographics, our comprehensive collection covers topics such as travel policy development, cost-saving strategies, traveler wellness, sustainability and emerging technologies.

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Insights

Japan: Market Insights

Japan Market Insights offers a comprehensive analysis of Japan's economy, with a focus on various sectors such as GDP growth, inflation, regional economic performance, air travel, and hotels.

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Case study

Hong Kong customer consolidates travel program in APAC

Based on BCD Travel’s expertise and trust, a multinational financial services customer in Hong Kong decided to consolidate all travel in APAC with BCD.

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Case study

Streamlined processes result in savings for Italian tech company

Read how BCD helped Italian tech company improve its travel processes, drive savings for hotel and rail bookings and increase OBT adoption.

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Insights
Emerging travel trends in China

Emerging travel trends in China

The business of mobility: emerging trends in business travel in China. As we enter 2024, and just over a year after the reopening and end of COVID-19 restrictions, China's economy is still trying to fully shake off the effects of the pandemic.

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Report

Airline operations

These reports present a roundup of what’s been happening to airlines in the world over the last month.

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Report

Report: Car rental survey

In BCD's latest traveler survey, we asked business travelers across the world about their findings around booking rental cars and following their company's car rental policy. This report will give you more insights that help you create new company guidelines for booking rental cars, or finetune your travel policy to align traveler behavior and your travel program goals.

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Report

Report: Sustainability in business travel

BCD Travel recently surveyed more than 100 travel buyers and almost 1,800 business travelers to gauge the importance of environmental sustainability in business travel. This report aims to explore travel programs from the perspective of sustainability looking at the current priorities, challenges, opportunities and needs of travel buyers and travelers.

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Case study

It’s all about trust, responsiveness and professionalism

Frédéric Jousseau, Head of General Services & Group Travel at Sodiaal, one of the largest dairy producers in France, describes his relationship with BCD Travel. It’s all about trust, responsiveness and professionalism.

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Insights
Recovery in airline capacity and airfares in Africa

Recovery in airline capacity and airfares in Africa

The state of airline capacity and average ticket prices (ATPs) has been reviewed for 26 markets across Africa. The recovery in seat capacity has been established using data from the Official Airlines Guide (OAG) for January 2019 and 2024. The outlook for airfares is based on IATA (International Air Transport Association) forecasts.

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Insights
IATA’s regional airfare outlook

IATA’s regional airfare outlook

For each of the regions, this report outlines IATA's latest forecasts for airfare movements in 2023. It also shows the evolution of airfares from a pre-pandemic base in 2019 to IATA's forecasts for 2024. IATA's index covers airfares paid by all travelers, combining both business and leisure travelers. It does not explicitly reflect changes in airfares paid for business travel.

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Case study

Putting employee needs first drives 6% savings on annual air spend

After five years of low use, OBT adoption jumps from 2% to 60% in six months, resulting in lower transaction fees, cheaper airfares and 6% projected savings on annual air spend.

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Case study

Global professional services firm reduces airport lounge access costs by over 50 percent

Learn how the firm engaged BCD marketplace partner Sanctifly to give their travelers access to relaxation and fitness options at airports around the world while reducing in-route spend.

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Report

Report: Global Risk Forecast 2024

On November 21, 2023, security risk and crisis management consultancy Crisis24 (a GardaWorld company) presented its risk outlook for 2024. The following report, which represents the views of Crisis24 alone, summarizes the key points shared during the presentation.

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Report

Travel Market Report: 2024 Outlook

What lies ahead for business travel in 2024? The outlook edition of our Travel Market Report will give you insights to make the most of a new year of opportunities.

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Case study

Cracker Barrel saves over 40 hours monthly on reconciliation time with virtual credit card

Discover how BCD’s Virtual Payment Automation saves Cracker Barrel 40+ hours monthly on reconciliation time, resulting in $15K annual savings on manual processing.

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Case study

Client testimonial: Partnership with Salzgitter AG

In this video, Stephanie Schöler, Head of Mobility at Salzgitter AG, one of the largest steel producers in Europe, shares why the company chose BCD Travel as their travel management company and how the strong partnership has gotten them through tough times.

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Report

Understanding Travel Risk Management (TRM)

There are three good reasons to implement an effective TRM program: duty of care, moral and ethical duty, and company reputation. This report summarizes everything you should know about travel risk management.

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Survey

Traveler Survey: Sustainability

This survey explores environmental sustainability in business travel and looks at travelers’ behaviors, motivations and attitudes to sustainable travel.

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Survey

Travel Buyer Survey: Sustainability

This survey explores the place environmental sustainability has in a travel program and looks at the role travel management should play in promoting sustainable travel.

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Report

Travel Market Report

In the Q3 2023 report we highlight trends shaping travel's future, explore the prospects for inflation, take a close look at airfares in Asia, catch up on hotel rates around the world, summarize what travel buyers told us about payment and expense, and finish with key findings from travelers and travel buyers about sustainability.

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Report

Accessibility in travel

In this report, we look at the importance and types of accessibility focusing on accessibility in business travel, including accessible travel services and information.

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Report

Airline Safety

Air travel remained incredibly safe in 2022. While the number of accidents might have increased by more than one-third, there were still only 39 in total. Overall, an accident occurred every 826,088 flights. What do the airline rankings say? The list of top 20 airlines probably contains few surprises.

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Survey

Travel Buyer Survey: Payment and Expense

With this survey, we sought to explore the topic of payment and expense in business travel. We looked at the payment and expense priorities and pain points of travel buyers, forms of payment offered by travel programs, and payment and expense tools used. We compared these insights with the results of the Payment & Expense survey we conducted in 2021 and traveler views collected in April 2023.

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Insights

Traveler wellbeing: Manage stress

This report looks at the importance of mental and physical health for business travelers. We explore their interest in the employers’ support helping to alleviate stress and assess what’s currently on offer.

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