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April 9, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Business travel spending is expected to rise 5.1% in 2013, a sign of a stronger economy and high consumer confidence, according to a trade group for business travel managers. The Global Business Travel Assn.'s latest prediction is an increase from its last prediction of a 4.6% increase in business travel spending over 2012. Travel spending grew by only 1.8% in 2012 over the previous year. The 5.1% increase means business travelers in the U.S. will spend an estimated $268.5 billion in 2013, according to the trade group.
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April 13, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Business travelers prefer flying Seattle-based Alaska Airlines over any other carrier, but Delta and United Airlines carry the most business travelers in the U.S. Business travelers also love the gourmet sandwiches at Jimmy John's eateries, but most of their expensed meals are eaten at Starbucks or McDonald's. These are among the findings of a new report by Certify, a Portland, Maine-based expense management company that processes 1.5 million business expense transactions each month.
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BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
With business travel spending expected to rise this year, American Express Co. announced plans to sell half its business travel division and create a separate venture. American Express will give up 50% ownership of its global business travel division in exchange for an investment of $900 million from a group led by New York investment firm Certares. The ownership will be shared with Certares, Qatar Investment Authority, BlackRock and Macquarie Capital, according to American Express.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
China could surpass the U.S. as early as next year as the world's biggest spender in business travel, a year sooner than business travel experts had previously forecast. With China's gross domestic product growing at a slow but steady pace, the world's most populous country is expected to increase spending on business travel by 16.5% in 2014 to $262.1 billion and 17.8% in 2015 to $309 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Assn. Foundation. The foundation--the education arm for the world's business traveler managers--had previously predicted that China would overtake the U.S. as the top spender on business travel by 2016.
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April 27, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Business travelers often complain about the exhausting and stressful rigors of being on the road (or in the air) for much of their working lives. Now a study confirms that frequent business travel leads to increased health risks. Researchers at Columbia University reviewed data on 13,000 people who were part of a corporate wellness program. About 80% of them traveled at least one night per month and 1% traveled more than 20 nights per month. The study showed that people who didn't travel at all for business were less healthy compared with others.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
American companies are ready to write bigger checks for business travel this year. The Global Business Travel Assn. is expecting companies to spend $266.7 billion in 2013. That's a 4.6% increase over last year, when the “fiscal cliff” and Superstorm Sandy put a crimp in travel.  Still, the group predicted that companies will trim back 1.1% on the number of trips. The rise in spending and the drop in trips means more travelers will stay longer, perhaps scheduling more meetings per outing, said Rebecca Carriero, a spokeswoman for the trade group representing business travel managers.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
After a strong surge over the last two years, business travel in the United States is expected to grow more slowly through the end of the year, largely because of economic uncertainty in Europe. The slowdown in travel spending was forecast last week in a report by the Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the nation's travel managers. The group also cited ongoing worries about the U.S. economy, low job growth, falling consumer confidence and slowing corporate profits.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Business travel can be bad for your health. That was the conclusion of a Columbia University study last year that found high obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure rates among those who travel the most for work. Now a new study by CWT Solutions Group, a travel management consultant, identifies those things that cause the most stress to travelers and possibly lead to health problems. Here are the top five sources of stress, based on a ranking from zero to 100, with 100 being the most stressful: 1.    Lost or delayed luggage (79)
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Spending on business travel is expected to surge in 2014, a sign of continuing confidence in the U.S. economy. But the rosy business outlook could be marred by further feuding in Washington that leads to another government shutdown. The message of caution came from a survey released last week by the Global Business Travel Assn., the trade group in Virginia for corporate travel managers. Based on business indicators, the group predicted $288.8 billion in spending in the U.S., which would be a 7.2% jump over 2013.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The busiest airport in the world, serving nearly 2,500 landings and departures a day, has been ranked as the best airport for business travelers to make a connection and get good food and helpful amenities. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport won most of the top rankings in a survey of 930 travel agents, managers and others who book travel for Travel Leaders Group, one of the nation's largest travel companies. Los Angeles International Airport was ranked eighth among best airports for business traveler services.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
With business travel spending expected to rise this year, American Express Co. announced plans to sell half its business travel division and create a separate venture. American Express will give up 50% ownership of its global business travel division in exchange for an investment of $900 million from a group led by New York investment firm Certares. The ownership will be shared with Certares, Qatar Investment Authority, BlackRock and Macquarie Capital, according to American Express.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Business travel has rebounded from the Great Recession, but lots of travelers remain frugal when spending company money on the road. That was one of the findings of a new report that analyzed millions of business travel expense reports.  For breakfast, the most frequent eatery for business travelers was Starbucks -- 14% of travelers bought food from the coffee shop, spending an average of $8.44 per meal, according to an analysis for the last...
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Online behemoth Amazon.com launched a one-day sale Monday on Kindle readers, taking advantage of new federal rules easing restrictions on using portable electronic devices on planes. The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week that passengers can use such devices even when the plane is below 10,000 feet as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " In the past, all electronic devices had to be shut down and stowed until planes were cruising at above 10,000 feet.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you tried to fly in or out of Los Angeles International Airport following Friday's deadly shooting, you were lucky if your plane was on time. The shooting that took place Friday morning delayed or canceled more than 1,100 flights, pushing the airport's overall on-time rating down from 82% to 56%, according to the travel monitoring site Flightstats.com. In contrast, LAX's on-time rating Monday morning rose to 96%, according to the website. From the time of the shooting Friday throughout the following day, a total of 348 flights were canceled and 772 more flights were delayed at least 15 minutes, the website reported.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines  can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
China could surpass the U.S. as early as next year as the world's biggest spender in business travel, a year sooner than business travel experts had previously forecast. With China's gross domestic product growing at a slow but steady pace, the world's most populous country is expected to increase spending on business travel by 16.5% in 2014 to $262.1 billion and 17.8% in 2015 to $309 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Assn. Foundation. The foundation--the education arm for the world's business traveler managers--had previously predicted that China would overtake the U.S. as the top spender on business travel by 2016.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Let's admit it: Almost no one listens to the safety instructions that flight attendants give at the start of each flight. Even the airlines know it. That is why so many have tried to enliven their safety messages. Over the last week, Virgin America and Delta Airlines have unveiled new safety videos that are shown to passengers to get the message across in an attention-grabbing way. Delta's new video has a holiday spin, featuring Christmas elves, Santa Claus, snowmen, and Alex Trebek from the television game show "Jeopardy.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
A shooting at Los Angeles International Airport grounded flights at the nation's sixth-busiest airport Friday, but the situation in the early going had yet to affect air travel across the nation. However, aviation experts said the longer planes are grounded and kept from landing at LAX, the more likely travel across the country will be delayed. "It still may be too early to see the impact," said David White, a spokesman for Flightstats.com, a website that monitors departures and arrivals across the country.
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