Tips for surviving Thanksgiving travel

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Crowds will be the norm at most U.S. airports for the next week and a half. (Photo by @JRandolphEvans)

Crowds will be the norm at most U.S. airports for the next week and a half.
(Photo by @JRandolphEvans)

Patrick Coleman
Those of us who travel frequently understand that this upcoming week is about the worst time to be a business traveler in the United States.

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will put a projected 24.6 million passengers in airports from now through Dec. 2, which is an increase over last year. Many of those passengers will be infrequent travelers, families with small children and otherwise wonderful people whom the road warrior in us might not love sharing an airplane or a security line.

I flew on Thanksgiving weekend last year and felt fortunate to get through without too much issue. Here are some things to consider: Read more…

Posted by Patrick Coleman at 4:41pm in Air Travel, Americas, Holidays, Travel Tips

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Introducing CWT’s innovation team

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cwt-corpi-blog-ipad-800x800Today at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, we introduced a new team with the goal of furthering innovation at CWT and in corporate travel.

This group will manage CWT’s innovation portfolio, including a dedicated innovation fund which will be used to steer future partnerships, projects and ideas. The team is led by Vincent Lebunetel, vice president, Corporate Innovation, and includes Gregoire Boutin and Santiago Vallejo.

“I’m delighted to be leading the CWT Corp-i team and working with every business department and function across the CWT global network, as well as the huge number of potential external partners in our ecosystem,” said Lebunetel. “We look forward to generating and fostering new ideas, and inventing for the future together.”

Here’s more about the team, including how you can connect with them through social media and learn more about innovation at CWT.

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Vincent Lebunetel

Vice president, corporate innovation

I manage the company’s portfolio of innovation projects with a specific fund. More generally, I’m responsible for promoting an innovation culture across our global organization, from developing a system for facilitating new ideas to making them happen.

Based in: Paris, France
Favorite innovation: the collaborative economy… and all the next innovations to come!
Current aspiration: buy a rugby club
Countries where I have lived and worked: China, France and Poland
Hobbies: rugby, running, advising start-ups, gastronomy and spending time with my family

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Gregoire Boutin

Director, innovation management systems

Coming from a consulting background, my focus at Corp-i is on creating a structured environment for new ideas to surface and go further. My role covers three main areas: managing innovation processes, keeping an inventory of CWT initiatives, and spreading the word inside and outside the company.

Based in: Paris, France
Favorite innovations: hybrid technology, 3D printing and commercial space flights
Current aspiration: touring all the main wine-growing regions worldwide
Countries where I have lived and worked: France, Germany and the United States
Hobbies: tennis, wine tasting and traveling

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Santiago Vallejo

Manager, open innovation

I am in charge of engaging and building relationships with partners outside CWT: business incubators and accelerators, start-ups, government and academic institutions, and other stakeholders in the innovation community. I bring a background in customer experience management and process design.

Based in: Minneapolis, United States
Favorite innovations: biometrics and cloud computing
Current aspiration: to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible in my lifetime (39 so far)
Countries where I have lived and worked: Colombia, Ecuador and the United States
Hobbies: all things tech, soccer, traveling, beer tasting and fantasy football

Check out more about Innovation at CWT at www.cwtinnovation.com.

 

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 5:30pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Savvy, EMEA

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Meet the meeting needs of millennials

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innovation_millennialsWhat does Generation Y really want from meetings and events, and how is the MICE industry responding to the needs of this growing demographic?

According to marketing agency Rosetta, more than half of millennials – those aged between approximately 18 and 35 – would give up their Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 3:58pm in Americas, APAC, EMEA, Meetings & Events

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Managing hotels: Dynamic pricing vs. negotiated rates

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Many travel buyers seem to be asking themselves the following question: Is dynamic pricing (considered a percentage discount off of a hotel’s Best Available Rate) really a better deal than the flat negotiated rates or discounts via our travel management company we’ve traditionally opted for?

Recently, CWT Solutions Group performed an in-depth study to understand under what circumstances, if any, a dynamic pricing approach is Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 2:41pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Savvy, CWT Solutions Group, EMEA, Hotels

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