Newsletter 4 – February / March 2015

Emerald Corporate Connecting you to the world of business travel

February / March 2015 – Issue 4

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.
Travel policy a thing of the past?Should companies adopt a travel policy or should their travellers have the freedom to book independently? This is a question a lot of companies especially SME’s are constantly asking themselves.If you believe the recent findings by the Business Travel Show then there would seem to be a shift towards a more lenient and relaxed booking method with over 60% of travel managers giving their travellers the freedom to book independently.However adopting a more robust booking compliance policy which sees companies adopting preferred suppliers is considered the preferred route. It allows companies to leverage greater savings, ensures travellers do not waste time sourcing their own travel suppliers and helps tap into sound professional travel advice. The adoption of a travel management company can and does still yield significant benefits of support, advice and perhaps fundamentally the sourcing of competitive and effective travel solutionsproviding the traveller with a menu of options and suggestions which not only save money but time. corporate-travellers2[1]
tips-news[1]tips-news2[1] Top tips for today’s business travellerHere are a couple of tips to consider:Check the alarm clock in your hotel room before going to bed, ensure it has not been set by a previous guest for an unearthly hour.Carry a small eye drop container which is within the limits of carried on liquids to use during a long-haul flight to help avoid sore and irritating eyes.

 

Apps for today’s travellersTravelling abroad can be stressful but here are two Apps which will make your journey just that bit easier.1.‘TravelSafe Pro’ lists emergency service numbers and embassy details for every country possible.2. ‘JetLag Genie’ provides a customised plan of action to help overcome jetlag based on providing details of flight duration, sleeping patterns and even inform you when you should be sleeping and waking up! travel-apps-news[1]

 

EurostarEurostar has started services between London and Geneva from December offering a four times per week service in partnership with TGV Lyria. Eurostar passengers connect onto the TGV service at Lille. The journey time is just over six hours. Additional new routes are planned in 2015 with services to Marseille, Lyon and Avignon from May with Amsterdam in 2016. heathrow-express-news[1]
London Heathrow knocked off its top positionHeathrow is no longer the world’s busiest airport, that now belongs to Dubai who handled 71 million international passengers in 2014 which was three million more than Heathrow. It’s not all bad news for Heathrow, which retains the title of ‘Europe’s busiest airport’.
2014 Record Year for Tourism IndustryMore people are travelling to tourist destinations than ever before with over 1.1 billion tourists registered in 2014. The strongest region is the Americas up by 8% on PY followed by Asia Pacific 5% increase and Europe 4%.
Airline newsBritish Airways to resume flights to MalaysiaAfter a 13 year break, British Airways is to resume its direct daily London to Kuala Lumpur flight from 27 May 2015. The flights will depart London Heathrow at 8.15pm and Kuala Lumpur 11.05pm.British Airways offering upgradesAny British Airways passenger who books a return Club World fare in the elegible fare classes is entitled to a free upgrate to First Class one-way. Valid for bookings made between 14 January and 13 March 2015 for travel 14 January to 11 April 2015.

Vietnam Airlines to fly from Heathrow

Vietnam Airlines is to switch its London flights from Gatwick to Heathrow from March. It is planning to fly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City five times per week from 31 March 2015, with daily services coming on stream from July.

ANA launches new in-flight system

All Nippon Airways is introducing a new in-flight entertainment system offering up to 351 channels which represents an increase of 40% content compared to its current system. It will provide 52 movie channels, 142 video channels and 148 audio channels with multiple languages screening programmes in a total of 13 languages.

Cathay Pacific team up with Mandarin Oriental

A new partnership has been formed between Cathay Pacific and Mandarin Oriental. Chefs from the Mandarin Oriental hotels in a number of cities across the world including London, Hong Kong and Tokyo will each design a menu to be served in First Class cabins on those flights from each of these cities. The new menus will be served on a monthly basis using seasonal produce.

Emirates expanding its regional UK services

Emirates, the Gulf airline has started a second daily A380 flight from Manchester to Dubai and from 1 August 2015 it will offer a third daily flight from Birmingham to Dubai enabling those living in the Midlands greater choice and flexibility to tap into the Emirates worldwide network.

 

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