BP selects Egencia to manage global travel programme

Buying Business Travel | October 07, 2019

BP selects Egencia to manage global travel programme
Egencia has been appointed by BP to run its global travel programme. BP will use Egencia’s Analytics Studio, which brings online, mobile and offline booking data into one central location, making it easier for travel managers to track compliance, online adoption and identifying savings. By providing real-time data and analytics, BP will be able to visualise how its business travel programme is delivering strategic value and identify opportunities for optimisation. Egencia and the Egencia Global Alliance (EGA) partners will support corporate travel across 47 countries in which BP operates. The two companies have signed a multi-year agreement designating Egencia the consolidated global travel provider. BP operates employs 74,000 people across Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia and Africa.

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Hawaii Tourism Authority | May 19, 2020

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Spurred by demands for tighter enforcement, the HTA has been contacting the 91 hotels that have remained open during the crisis, some of which are housing medical personnel, National Guard and other essential workers, to sign them up for a "single-use key" program. Hotel guests would be given room keys that work only once. If they leave the room after entry, they would need to contact the front desk to access the room again. According to an HTA report submitted to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Covid-19, roughly 70% of the hotels contacted agreed to participate in the initiative, with more than 20 properties yet to be reached. Four hotels had declined to participate as of May 9, at least one because it uses hard keys that cannot be programmed. One gave no explanation and another argued that its "apartment-style" accommodations precluded it from participating. 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U.S. Travel Association | August 03, 2020

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Spotlight

It’s time to hit the road. today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Hottest Travel Trends in 2019. For this list, we’re taking a look at destinations and trends that are proving popular in 2019. We’d like to thank Traveller.com for the selections.