• Top CWT Savvy posts of 2014

    Patrick Coleman
    The beginning of 2015 is upon us, but the end of the calendar year is also a time to look back. In 2014, we worked hard to bring more coverage of issues of interest to travel managers and travel buyers, and the most popular of those stories are reflected below. (Tomorrow we’ll highlight the top five posts aimed at travelers.)

    Here’s a look at the top five CWT Savvy stories of 2014:

    1. Three key trends for the future of business travel

    From the desk of Nick Vournakis ...Think of the key areas where business travel has the most opportunity to evolve in the future, and we covered them in a webinar this spring. CWT Savvy Traveler contributor Nick Vournakis started the discussion with these three trends: digital, connectivity and personalization.

    When was the last time you purchased something without interacting with a human being? (That’s right, it certainly wasn’t long ago.) That’s how quickly change is coming. More in this April blog post.

    The archived webinar is still available for you to watch.

    2. The curious question of Airbnb

    While the prospect of inexpensive rooms for rent through Airbnb is definitely appealing, there are several things that business travelers should consider before booking. We take you and travelers through the pros and cons of the service when it comes to safety and security, consistency and service, and the impact on a company’s travel policy.

    3. Innovation 2020: The future of business travel

    CWT teamed up with Contagious, a global insights publisher and consultancy explore the implications of pervasive technology and hyperconnectivity on the complete traveler journey.CWT teamed up with Contagious, a global insights publisher and consultancy, to explore the implications of pervasive technology and hyperconnectivity on the complete journey. Look for thoughts on embedded biotech, predictive trip planning and changes in how traveler loyalty is rewarded, among more.

    We broke the insights down into three phases, pre-travel booking, during travel and post-travel.

    4. Managing hotels: Dynamic pricing vs. negotiated rates

    Many travel buyers may be asking themselves the following question: Is dynamic pricing really a better deal than the flat negotiated rates or discounts via our travel management company we’ve traditionally opted for?

    We wrote about what the data says, when to pay attention to it, and then how to determine what’s right for your individual program. There’s also a case study from CWT Solutions Group to go into more depth.

    5. What travel managers can do in face of rising costs

    Hotel roomIn today’s traveler-centric environment, travelers are taking more control of their experiences. This control means travel managers must make the necessary adjustments and use tools that influence traveler behavior, driving  them to make smart decisions. Joel Wartgow discusses some of the options at a travel manager’s disposal in this blog post.

    We’re looking forward to bigger and better in 2015 — thanks for reading and sharing our posts in 2014! And check back for our post on the top five stories aimed at travelers.