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The Business Travel Magazine - - Arrivals Welcome - Andy Hoskins, Ed­i­tor

Rail travel for busi­ness of­ten lan­guishes to­wards the bottom of cor­po­rates' travel man­age­ment pri­or­i­ties, yet many busi­ness trav­ellers will spend con­sid­er­ably more hours on-board trains than on planes or in ho­tel rooms. Per­haps the lack of com­pe­ti­tion, the lim­ited vari­a­tion in prod­uct and the com­plex­ity of fares are a turn-off, or per­haps it is a per­ceived lack of scope for ne­go­ti­at­ing sup­plier deals. All these sub­jects are tack­led in our first ex­tended fea­ture on rail travel (p61-80), where you can learn more about best book­ing prac­tice and find out how to se­cure soft perks and cor­po­rate dis­counts.

Else­where in this is­sue are com­pre­hen­sive fea­tures on the ma­tur­ing ser­viced apart­ment sec­tor (p38-44), the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in on­line book­ing tools (p26-30) and, our front cover story, how to help busi­ness trav­ellers make the right de­ci­sions and stay in pol­icy (p16-17) for their ben­e­fit and that of their em­ployer.

The ac­cel­er­a­tion of merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions among travel man­age­ment com­pa­nies was taken to a new level in Fe­bru­ary when Amer­i­can Ex­press Global Busi­ness Travel an­nounced plans to buy HRG, and we explore the de­vel­op­ment on p12-13.

An­other trend gain­ing trac­tion is trav­eller well­be­ing, which will be the fo­cus of our ex­tended fea­ture in our June/july is­sue. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the sub­ject – or any­thing else travel-re­lated – so drop us a line: ed­i­to­rial@the­busi­nesstrav­el­mag.com.

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