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Bleisure travel

Bleisure travel is a portmanteau of" business” and" leisure”, and, it refers to" the activity of combining business travel with leisure time”. The term bleisure was first published in 2009 by the Future Laboratory as part of their biannual Trend Briefing written by writer Jacob Strand, then a future forecaster working for The Future Laboratory, and journalist and futurologist Miriam Rayman. In corporate business travel, extending a business trip for personal purposes is also known as" bizcation” This phenomenon has been studied since 2011, and from this year on, a report shows that bleisure travel has been maintaining a constant growth, accounting for 7% of all business trips.

Business travel

Business travel is travel undertaken for work or business purposes, as opposed to other types of travel, such as for leisure purposes or regularly commuting between ones home and workplace. According to a survey 88% small business owners enjoy business travel.

Christopherson Business Travel

Christopherson Business Travel is a corporate Travel Management Company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and founded in 1953. Christopherson is the largest travel agency in Utah, and the largest national travel affiliate of BCD Travel, with US$682 million in annual sales 2018 and more than 480 employees. Christopherson owns and operates Andavo Travel, a network of independent vacation travel agents and All Seasons Sports Travel, which specializes in fan-based travel planning and packages. They also acquired CV Travel, a travel agency focused on humanitarian and faith-based travel. The State of Utah currently lists Christopherson as its Contracted Travel Agency. Christopherson Business Travel developed AirPortal, an integrated travel technology platform that houses the companys proprietary technology, user dashboards, benchmarking and reporting tools, online booking tools, and mobile applications. In 2012, Christopherson Business Travel developed and released AirPortal 360, an intelligent dashboard for travel managers, which grants access to Christophersons collection of corporate travel management software. The technology was designed to assist in the reduction of corporate travel spend, facilitate duty of care responsibilities, keep track of unused tickets, access traveler profiles, and ensure policy compliance. In conjunction with their AirPortal 360 software release, Christopherson also released, My Travel, a similarly customized dashboard with specific tools for individual business travelers. In 2013, the company developed and released AirPortal 360 Mobile, the first app created for travel managers to manage their travel programs from mobile devices.

CNN Business Traveller

CNN Business Traveller is a monthly television program on CNN International hosted by Richard Quest. The program was launched in 2002 and the program investigates various topics related to business related travel, including airlines, airport lounges, frequent-flyer programs, hotels and the travelling lifestyle. James Williams was also a producer and occasional presenter on the program, before being given his own CNN program in 2016 titled In 24 Hours. In 2016, the program attempted a stunt to fly around the world travelling only on low cost carriers, comparing experiences on each airline and interviewing executives from the carriers over two episodes of CNN Business Traveller. Quest travelled on 10 airlines, through 9 countries across 8 days.

Corporate travel management

Corporate travel management is the function of managing a company’s strategic approach to travel, the negotiations with all vendors, day-to-day operation of the corporate travel program, traveler safety and security, credit-card management and travel and expenses data management. CTM should not be confused with the work of a traditional travel agency. While agencies provide the day-to-day travel services to corporate clients, they are the implementing arm of what the corporation has negotiated and put forth in policy. In other words, CTM decides on the class of service which employees are allowed to fly, negotiates corporate fares/rates with airlines and hotels and determines how corporate credit cards are to be used. The agency on the other hand makes the actual reservation within the parameters given by the corporation. For many companies T&E costs represent the second highest controllable annual expense, exceeded only by salary and benefits, and is commonly higher than IT or real estate costs. T&E costs are not only limited to travel but include all costs incurred during travel such as staff and client meals, taxi fares, gratuities, client gifts, supplies office supplies and services, etc. Furthermore, this area often includes meeting management, traveler safety and security as well as credit card and overall travel data management. The management of these costs are usually handled by the Corporate Travel Manager, a function which may be part of the Finance, HR, Procurement or Administrative Services Department.

FCM Travel Solutions

FCM Travel Solutions is the corporate travel business of the Flight Centre Travel Group. The company is headquartered in Brisbane and operates a network spanning over 90 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Travel management company

Travel Management Companies are organizations that manage organizations corporate or business travel program. They will often provide an end-user online booking tool, mobile application, program management, and consulting teams, executive travel services, meetings and events support, reporting functionality, and more. Non-Profit Travel Management companies also provide services to manage complex visa requirements, pre-trip medical needs, remote area travel, and immediate disaster relief planning. These companies use Global Distribution Systems to book flights for their clients. This allows the travel consultant to compare different itineraries and costs by displaying availability in real-time, allowing users to access fares for air tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars simultaneously. Some major TMCs include: American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and FCM Travel Solutions.

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