28 episodes

Business Travel On the Fly is a monthly podcast that dives into issues affecting those of us who spend time up in the air, out of the office, and away from home on work trips. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or on your first trip, we will unpack the future of business travel with experts from in and around the industry. Plus, you’ll get top travel tips from road warriors around the globe.***Disclaimer: Travel tips and other information provided in this podcast are not based on your company’s travel policies. Please evaluate any suggestions or information provided in this podcast in the context of your company’s internal travel policy.

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Business Travel On the Fly is a monthly podcast that dives into issues affecting those of us who spend time up in the air, out of the office, and away from home on work trips. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or on your first trip, we will unpack the future of business travel with experts from in and around the industry. Plus, you’ll get top travel tips from road warriors around the globe.***Disclaimer: Travel tips and other information provided in this podcast are not based on your company’s travel policies. Please evaluate any suggestions or information provided in this podcast in the context of your company’s internal travel policy.

    Beyond Bamboo Straws: How to elevate the sustainability of your meetings and events starting today

    Beyond Bamboo Straws: How to elevate the sustainability of your meetings and events starting today

    Rachel Lunderborg, Head of Global Process and Technology at CWT Meetings & Events is joined by Kit Aspen, Founder and Director of award-winning carbon intelligence platform Thrust Carbon, and Rachel Munns, Head of Sustainability at World Wise Foods. 


    CWT Meetings & Events this year co-developed a meetings and events carbon calculator with Thrust Carbon, known for powering sustainability behind over $50 billion of travel spend.


    As CWT Meetings & Events sees its projects more than double since last year now organizing over 30,000 meetings and events globally in 2023, the calculator’s reporting signposts specific event elements where greener solutions could and should be sought - be that event destination, transportation, accommodation and venues, food and beverage, material, and/or waste management.


    From tiny team meetings to enormous expos, events is one of the hardest areas to understand, analyze and materially reduce environmental impact. Covering all aspects from the measurable to the data unknowns and the critical role of supply chains, this trio of sustainability experts unpacks the future of sustainability in meetings and events. 


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    How the right mix of data and due diligence can set the trajectory for sustainable events with unexpected benefits to engagement and productivity. What information to glean from your suppliers, and their suppliers from both an environmental and social standpoint.  What incremental change really means in the context of ambitious corporate sustainability goals.Visit cwt-meetings-events.com
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    • 29 min
    The outlook for hotel rates and airfares in the months ahead, and how to use AI so it doesn’t use you

    The outlook for hotel rates and airfares in the months ahead, and how to use AI so it doesn’t use you

    If there’s one job harder than being a clairvoyant at a sceptic’s convention it’s being a futurist in these mightily uncertain times. 
    It’s hard to read an article these days that doesn’t warn us that bots will wipe out entire industries or that the global economy is about to implode. But is there nuance and cause for optimism? 


    CWT's Julian Walker talks to Shawn DuBravac, NY Times bestselling author, futurist, economist and analyst for the  GBTA CWT Global Business Travel Forecast  about the near-term cost of airfares and hotel rates, and how companies and organizations of all sizes can prepare their budgets, and people, for the societal and technological shifts ahead. 


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    Whether travel and event pricing predictions for 2023 are proving accurate halfway through the year. The challenges that hotels and airlines face today. The big issue on everyone’s lips and how it will change the way we work and travel: Artificial Intelligence.Visit mycwt.com

    • 17 min
    How to spot the signposts of change in business travel

    How to spot the signposts of change in business travel

     Over the next ten years, we are likely to see change on a scale not witnessed since the Industrial Revolution.

    From NFT loyalty programs to self-driving cabs, from adaptive travel policies to flying taxi hubs,  the era ahead will be both exhilarating and challenging to navigate.
    We’re on the cusp of massive economic and social disruption that has wide-reaching implications for us all.

    So how do you discern between what's 'pie in the sky' and what's really going to happen? And with AI-powered automation surging ahead, how do you innovate in the right direction for people, purpose, and planet?

    Joel Hanson, Director of Global Innovation Business Development, CWT helps us spot the subtle signs of change that, however nascent today, contain the seeds of tomorrow’s business travel landscape.

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    Will it be ethical to travel for business in 15 years' time? Will traveling internationally become more or less economically and geographically accessible? If the only certainty is uncertainty how do companies and organizations lay the right foundations for their traveling employees?Visit mycwt.com

    • 25 min
    Pricing the future of business travel with trendcaster Dr. Shawn du Bravac

    Pricing the future of business travel with trendcaster Dr. Shawn du Bravac

    It’s a rare moment when headlines aren’t awash with news of inflation, geopolitical hair-raisers, and the race to combat climate change. 
    If only there was a crystal ball to help companies plan their business travel and events around uncertainty.
    Internationally-recognized thought leader, NY Times bestselling author, futurist, and top-rated keynote speaker Dr. Shawn DuBravac delivers pragmatic and provocative insights on the trends, technologies, and paradigms transforming the globe. 
    Hot on the heels of his predictions in the GBTA CWT Global Business Travel Forecast 2023 that reveals global and regional price projections and analysis for airfares, hotel rooms, and cost-per-attendee (meetings & events), DuBravac speaks to CWT Communications Chief Julian Walker about the critical issues that could influence pricing and how we travel & meet in 2023. 
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    Is a global recession inevitable and what would one mean for the price of hotels, airfare, care hire, and meetings & events? How the macroeconomic outlook could materialize differently around the world. How corporates and organizations can reconcile uncertainty with budget planning.Visit mycwt.com

    • 17 min
    How to build a lean, mean meetings machine in a perfect storm of volatility

    How to build a lean, mean meetings machine in a perfect storm of volatility

    CWT Meetings & Events (M&E) is an award-winning global events agency delivering  live, virtual and hybrid events for thousands of customers every year ranging from end-to-end productions of some of the world’s largest global conferences to intimate teambuilding events. 
    Kari Wendel, VP strategic and enterprise customers, and global operations is at the helm of the agency’s ‘total meetings management’ approach working with larger customers with centralized meeting strategies, large events & corporate incentives.  
    An alchemist of process, spend, volume, standards, supplier negotiations, and data to achieve measurable business objectives that align with an organization's strategic goals, Kari knows the state of the industry more than most.  
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    How record-breaking demand combined with leaner teams, higher costs, fewer options and longer lead times have created a perfect storm and how your organization can weather it with aplomb.  Why a centralised meetings strategy is critical in the current climate of unpredictability.  New ways to look at managing risk and how to plan for unknowns.  Visit mycwt.com

    • 20 min
    Cleaner Skies Ahead: Is sustainable aviation fuel on the cusp of taking off?

    Cleaner Skies Ahead: Is sustainable aviation fuel on the cusp of taking off?

    Richard Johnson, Global Head of Solutions Group, the consulting arm of global travel management platform CWT is joined by Heinrich Lange, Senior Director Sales Northern Europe, and Head of Global Account Management, EMEA, Lufthansa. Together they unpick the practicalities of accelerating the development and integration of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the collective efforts of the entire aviation industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 
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    Why making SAF the crux of fruitful business relationships is integral to its success. From electrification to adhesive covers modelled on sharkskin, what are the broader opportunities for carbon reduction, how feasible are they and how can we foster innovation at a critical time for our planet?  Is there a one-size-fits-all answer to whether not flying is the most sustainable solution? Visit mycwt.com

    • 25 min

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