Newsletter 3 – December 2014 / January 2015

Emerald Corporate Connecting you to the world of business travel 

December / Jan 2015 – Issue 3

WelcomeEmerald Corporate newsletter aims to give you an occasional snap shot of what is happening in the world of travel. It is brought to you by Emerald Corporate, part of the Emerald Global Group which has been arranging business and leisure travel for over 35 years.If you are planning a visit abroad whether it be for business or leisure, our team of account managers are ready to help source the most competitive and convenient flights/hotel accommodation for you.
SME’s the powerhouse of the UK, China the key export marketWe all know the importance SME’s play in the economy with some arguing they are the engine room of the UK economy.  This was recently endorsed in a BDO survey which revealed just how important they are when it comes to exporting; they export at nearly twice the rate of their larger counterparts with China viewed as the biggest export market.International trade remains a vital part in any SME’s growth.  According to BDO 35% of companies surveyed said revenue from international trade had increased over the last 12 months with 31% indicating their international business will continue to increase over the next year.

Although Europe and North America remain key trading partners for British businesses, SME’s are looking to engage more and more with emerging economies with China heading the list. In a survey of over 1000 companies engaged in international trade conducted by Western Union Business Solutions, 25% expect future growth to come from China, Europe (22%), North America (18%) and the other BRIC countries of India, Brazil and Russia only registering 7%.

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tips-news[1]tips-news2[1] Top tips for today’s business travellerHere are a couple more tips to consider:Always carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser in your pocket, now more than ever, it is wise to wash your hands regularly especially when you are about to eat food.Talking of food, it has been said a million times before but when visiting a new country especially a city, avoid the major tourist areas, these tend to be overpriced and not great quality; you can tend to eat better and at a more reasonable price if you avoid the tourist hot spots.

 

Apps for today’s travellersTravelling abroad can be stressful but here are two Apps which will make your journey just that bit easier.  Two more will be published in the next issue.1.    ‘Word Lens Translator’ allows you to translate foreign text by simply holding your phone in front of the text and if by magic it will translate foreign words into English.

2.    ‘Packing Pro’ helps with all those packing issues by providing sample lists and expert help on what to pack based on personal requirements, flight duration, temperature and destination types.

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Heathrow Express to cut faresHeathrow Express has announced plans to reduce the cost of its fares by more than 25%.  One-way fares are being reduced by £6 with return fares cut by £5 for those passengers willing to book online at least one week ahead of their travel.   It is believed this move has been triggered with the impending competition which will result from the introduction of Crossrail.  This price reduction is the first time the world’s most expensive railway has ever done such a move. heathrow-express-news[1]
Safest Cities in the WorldCopenhagen, Tokyo and Reykjavik are the safest cities in the world with the lowest crime according to the US Department of State. Other cities which are sighted include Singapore, Amsterdam and Dubrovnik. cities-news[1]
Airline newsBest Business Class, Best Airline & Best Business Hotel 2014The prestigious Business Travellers awards were announced in October and British Airways once again was named Best Airline for 2014 followed by Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.  In the category of Best Business Class Qatar Airways scooped this award for the second year in a row, hotly followed by Cathay Pacific and Emirates.  And for those of you who travel to Hong Kong why not consider staying in the Best Business Hotels worldwide by choosing from the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental or The Peninsula, the top three and in that order.BA offering pre-ordering meal service

British Airways now accept customers travelling in First, Club World (Business Class) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) to pre-order their main course online for flights to a number of select destinations from 01 December 2014.  The destinations include Dallas, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Phoenix, Seattle and Vancouver from Heathrow.  Customers can select their meal 30 days before departure and up to 24 hours prior to take-off via the manage my booking tab on ba.com.

Virgin to cut four routes

Virgin Atlantic announced plans to withdraw services to Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai and Vancouver and put more flights on their transatlantic routes with Tokyo and Mumbai flights ceasing  at the end of January 2015 and Cape Town in April of next year.

Lufthansa to introduce Premium Economy

Lufthansa is targeting UK business travellers with the introduction of Premium Economy for its long haul flights.  This cabin service will offer seats with a 130-degree recline, a foot rest, touch screen and remote controls, 11-12 inch in-flight entertainment and extra storage.  UK travellers will also have access to a dedicated lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2, the Star Alliance carriers new home from 1 October 2014.  The lounge has a 350 persons capacity and is the biggest Lufthansa lounge outside of Germany.

Emirates provides free wi-fi

Emirates is providing complimentary internet access across all its classes of service with up to 10MB available to its passengers.  Anyone who is a heavy user will have to pay $1 for every additional 600MB.  Research from Emirates indicated most of their passengers log on accessing Google, Facebook and Skype.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!