SAP and Climate Perks to speak at next CACTUS sustainability event

Buying Business Travel | February 06, 2020

SAP and Climate Perks to speak at next CACTUS sustainability event
Travel buyers will be able to hear from organisations such as SAP,  sustainability software provider Accuvio and Climate Perks at the next Climate Action for Corporate Travel Urgent Sustainability Summit. The recently-launched event series, which is also known as or CACTUS, has now released the agenda for its next meet-up, which takes place on 28 February – the day after the Business Travel Show – at LinkedIn’s central London HQ. The day will be opened by climate scientist professor Kevin Anderson to discuss “What does facing the reality of climate change and taking responsibility really mean?”

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For the most part, booking flights for work isn’t like booking flights for your next personal trip. In business travel, time is money. And quite often, travel time can be dead time, with your travellers having to get to the airport, wait around at the airport, and then make their way to their business meeting or event once they get through passport control and customs. This is all time spent not working, so our Travel Experts recommend making the most of direct flights and minimising the number of nights travellers are ‘on the road’ whenever and wherever possible.

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Ski Season’s Greetings! MCR Acquires Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont

MCR | January 03, 2022

Walking in a winter wonderland! MCR — the country’s 4th-largest hotel owner-operator — has acquired the 117-room Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Just downslope from Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is your home base for four seasons of outdoor adventure. Come for the mountain biking, leaf-peeping, hiking and snowshoeing; stay for the spacious guestrooms (with fireplaces!), 50,000-square-foot spa, two pools and outdoor jacuzzi. Want to link up with friends and family? We’ve got a nine-hole golf course and 32 townhomes, too! Before catching the lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort this winter, carb up with a hearty breakfast at Charlie B’s, our on-site restaurant and pub serving a delicious buffet of eggs, home fries and oatmeal. We’ll be waiting for you at dinnertime with steaming French onion soup and lemon pepper-crusted salmon. Not a snow bunny? At Stoweflake, it’s always a spa day! The world-class spa offers 120 therapeutic treatments in 30 rooms plus a fully equipped salon. The true highlight is the Aqua Solarium, a 12-foot Hungarian mineral soaking pool with a cascading waterfall inspired by the area’s famous Bingham Falls! Get moving again at the sports and wellness center, which has Cybex fitness equipment, spinning and Pilates studios, tennis courts and a racquetball/squash court! Schedule a class with an instructor or splash in the indoor and outdoor pools (with a bubbling jacuzzi). With so much to do on the grounds, Stoweflake is the perfect place for an event. Gather your guests for a conference, wedding or family reunion — we have 25,000 square feet of meeting space in 17 rooms and outdoor terrain bordered by the Green Mountains. If you need more space than the resort’s guestrooms, opt for one of our 32 townhomes, each equipped with a full kitchen and private deck for cocoa-sipping and stargazing. Stoweflake’s location means off-property outings couldn’t be more convenient. Visit the Von Trapp family home (yes, the real-life Sound of Music clan, who settled in Stowe after leaving Germany!) or Alchemist Brewery. Take a short drive into town, where 80 boutiques, country stores and galleries — all twinkling with holiday lights — await. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is located at 1746 Mountain Road and features: 117 guestrooms and suites 32 one-, two- or three-bedroom townhome rentals A 50,000-square-foot spa and sports center with a waterfall and meditative garden Two tennis courts A racquetball and squash court An executive nine-hole, par-3 golf course Indoor and outdoor pools with a jacuzzi A 25,000-square-foot conference center with 17 meeting rooms Charlie B’s Restaurant & Pub Fast Wi-Fi On-site parking Reserve rooms by phone at (802) 253-2322 or online at stoweflake.com. About MCR 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States $4.0 billion portfolio of 140 premium-branded hotels MCR operates 8 Marriott brands, 6 Hilton brands and a number of unflagged independent hotels 20,000 guestrooms across 37 states and 100 cities Founded in 2006 Offices in New York City, Dallas, Chicago and Richmond, Virginia 4,000 team members across the country Three-time recipient of the Marriott Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners Recipient of the Hilton Legacy Award for Top Performer For the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport, MCR won the Development of the Year (Full Service) Award at The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the Urban Land Institute New York Excellence in Hotel Development Award and the American Institute of Architects national Architecture Award, the highest honor given by the AIA Named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Travel Companies of 2020 For more information, please visit mcrhotels.com

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US travel agency air ticket sales down 17% in July

Airlines Reporting Corp | August 20, 2020

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing that net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies decreased 17% month-over-month from June to July 2020. This marks the first decrease in net sales month-over-month since May, and a 95% decrease year-over-year from July 2019. The consolidated dollar value of tickets transacted by agencies last month totaled $387 million, compared to $8 billion in July 2019.

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Spotlight

For the most part, booking flights for work isn’t like booking flights for your next personal trip. In business travel, time is money. And quite often, travel time can be dead time, with your travellers having to get to the airport, wait around at the airport, and then make their way to their business meeting or event once they get through passport control and customs. This is all time spent not working, so our Travel Experts recommend making the most of direct flights and minimising the number of nights travellers are ‘on the road’ whenever and wherever possible.