Up in the air...

The Business Travel Magazine - - Arrivals Welcome -

Air travel has long been the dar­ling of busi­ness travel, pos­sess­ing the glam­our and pres­tige as­so­ci­ated with trav­el­ling to far-flung des­ti­na­tions and the sign­ing of big busi­ness deals. But it is also a key area of fo­cus for many cor­po­rates for the some­what pro­saic rea­son that it is fre­quently the largest area of busi­ness travel spend. And that’s why you’ll find a 24-page guide to the sub­ject in this is­sue (p61-84), with topics rang­ing from spend man­age­ment and on­board prod­ucts to innovative tools, low-cost car­ri­ers and even pri­vate jets. It's a fea­ture which, by the way, might chal­lenge com­mon per­cep­tions of ex­ec­u­tive avi­a­tion.

Car hire, mean­while, of­ten lies fur­ther down the list of pri­or­i­ties, but change in the sec­tor is ac­cel­er­at­ing and car clubs, shar­ing pools and even driver­less ve­hi­cles need care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. Rob Gill, who re­ceived a jour­nal­ism award for his cover­age of the topic in this mag­a­zine last year, brings things up to date (p28-30).

The fu­ture of the busi­ness travel in­dus­try may in fact lie in, well, not trav­el­ling so much. Co-work­ing and liv­ing spa­ces are find­ing favour among work­ers and Jenny Southan shares her ex­pe­ri­ence of al­ter­na­tive work­ing prac­tices on pages 16-17.

The last of our main fea­tures in this edi­tion pro­vides an up­date on the lat­est dis­tri­bu­tion de­vel­op­ments and NDC. The topic is not go­ing to go away any time soon, and many com­men­ta­tors be­lieve 2018 will be a wa­ter­shed year for NDC. It's cer­tain to be high on the agenda at the forth­com­ing Busi­ness Travel Show, an event that also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for visitors to come and meet The Busi­ness Travel Mag­a­zine team on stand B602 – see you there.

Andy Hoskins, Ed­i­tor

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