Insider tips: What to do in Brussels

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emilie-buyleAre you planning to visit Brussels soon? Here are some insider tips about what to see and where to eat from Emilie Buyle of CWT Meetings & Events Benelux.

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Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 3:18pm in CWT Traveler, EMEA

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Spending the holidays away from home

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Kindall Farwell
I love travel. Travel is in my blood. But I have never traveled away from my home over the holidays, until now.

Due to the timing of an extended Thanksgiving break for my school-aged daughter, we decided that this would be the perfect time for a 10-day family vacation to London and Paris. What an amazing adventure it turned out to be. marche-gourmand-681x681

Since summer is considered ‘high season’ we were able to save about $400 per person on the lowest airfare I saw over the summer. Addtionally, we were able to find great rates with free breakfast at upscale hotels within walking distance from the sites we wanted to see. Our touring included all the London and Paris sites with the highlight of our trip being the Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, and storefronts decorated for the holidays.

Holiday markets have it all – from chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to amazing gifts like fresh soaps and beautiful scarves, and new food to experience such as Raclette, ja and baguette and foie gras on a baguette. Christmas markets in Paris can be found at Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Place du Trocadero, and my favorite on the Champs-Elysees.

There are great holiday markets and adventures to be had close to home and based on our recent Thanksgiving travel experiences am going to include them in our future travel plans. We have already scheduled a visit to the traditional German Christkindlmarket in Chicago next weekend. Check out this list of holiday markets: http://www.christmasmarkets.com/.

Thanksgiving in Europe may require some ingenuity. (Farwell family photo)

Thanksgiving in Europe may require some ingenuity. (Farwell family photo)

We decided to incorporate some of our Thanksgiving tradition into the trip since we knew we wouldn’t get a Thanksgiving meal. We surprised our daughter with Turkey Jerky and Pumpkin Pie lip balm on Eurostar from London to Paris.

Posted by Kindall Farwell at 2:00pm in Holidays, Leisure Travel

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Mobile, big data, data security key trends for 2015

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 (Airbnb photo)

(Airbnb photo)

We recently published the results of our annual travel manager survey. This year, that included more than 1,100 responses. And rather than present those results in a static infographic, we created an interactive website at CWT-2015-trends.com to help you benchmark your priorities against those of travel managers at similar companies.

In North America, travel managers said mobile technology would have a major impact on their travel programs in 2015. That’s not surprising given the pervasiveness of mobile technology in the region. In addition, the other three trends in which this region is above the global norm are all related to mobile and/or technology as well: data security, big data and social media.

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Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 8:57pm in Americas, CWT Savvy

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Delta retools seating, classes

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Delta Airlines’ new first-class seats, which will be installed through the middle of 2015. (Delta Airlines photo)

Delta Airlines has unveiled a new set of seating classifications and a new seat design for first class as well. The new classifications will take effect March 1, while the seats will be installed through the first half of 2015.

At that point, Delta’s BusinessElite will be  Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 1:45pm in Air Travel, CWT Traveler

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