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Discussing Holiday Party Etiquette with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano during WGN Business Lunch Hour

Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano of WGN radio in Chicago had me to join them this week to share tips about etiquette mistakes at the holiday party. Roughly 90 percent of all companies tend to host holiday parties (the slight majority are held in the evening), and we all know someone who has enjoyed to the levels of excess with their food, drink … [Read more...]

Do You Know the 10 Best and Worst U.S. Airports?

If you're traveling within the U.S. and need to connect, Atlanta ranked as the top domestic airport preferred by agents of the Travel Leaders Group. It also ranked as the best for offering services that focus on the needs of business travelers. This, according to a December 2012 survey of 930 travel agents who book air travel for clients. … [Read more...]

2013 Predictions for International Business Travel, Meetings and Events

The business travel, meetings and events industry continues to evolve, and 2013 will likely reflect some significant shifts that will influence where, when and how we meet in the future. "While the economy has been a challenge in recent years, it seems that 2013 will begin to change that trend," says Jorge Rubio Navarrio, consul for tourism … [Read more...]

2013 Global Forecast for Air Fares and Hotel Rates

Prices globally for business travel will increase only modestly, according to American Express Business Travel in its Global Business Travel Forecast 2013. This is good news, given that air fare and hotel costs generally account for the greatest share of travel expenses. The forecast predicts increases in business travel pricing in select … [Read more...]

Use the Business Lounge: AeroMexico International in Mexico City (Review)

Salones Premier is AeroMexico’s business lounge in Mexico City for travelers. It includes a wide array of comforts and services, from business centers to a variety of delicious appetizers and snacks, as well as 15 minute spa services. Mexico City offers three different Salon Premier locations, including one that is dedicated to international … [Read more...]

Airport Lounge Access by Airline

Airport lounges are a nice alternative to finding a spare seat in crowded gate areas and food courts, or waiting in a line for an available seat at one of the few restaurants in the airport. And consider this: Business travelers know that when their airline may finally announce an airport delay, 15 minutes can easily turn into an hour or even … [Read more...]

How to Find a Hotel?

When considering how to find a hotel, most people tend to immediately focus their attention on searching the Web to find the best price. While this may help business travelers and others to find the best rate, it usually fails to consider the important purpose of having a good travel experience. This isn't to say that travelers will have a bad … [Read more...]

2012 Calendar with Holidays and International Events

Whether you are planning or traveling to business meetings, you know that holidays and existing international events have a way of influencing the schedule. That’s why we maintain our international 2012 calendar with holidays and events. And this year's calendar is larger than ever. Keeping an events calendar helps any event planner or business … [Read more...]

Will International Meetings and Events Industry Prosper in 2012?

The general mood in the business travel industry is cautiously optimistic vs. the gloom felt by many just a couple years ago when travel was treated as a political punching bag. In October 2011, more than 2,000 international meeting professionals attended IMEX America, a new trade show for worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel held in Las … [Read more...]

Sustainable Travel and Green Meetings Checklist

Business travelers and meeting professionals who support sustainability and sustainable travel expect hotels and convention centers to reduce their environmental footprint in ways that do not compromise the guest experience. Programs such as linen and towel reuse, recycling bins in guest rooms and function spaces, and energy and water … [Read more...]