COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Travel Tech Braces For A More Diligent Approach To Corporate T&E

TravelPerk | January 25, 2021

Although the pandemic has likely always adjusted the manner in which organizations decide to cooperate with their workers, colleagues and different substances in topographies other than their own, business travel isn’t likely to die out entirely.

According to TravelPerk Co-founder and CEO Avi Meir, a look at consumer travel trends may offer insight into the future of business trips.

“There was a lot of traveling for leisure over the holidays,” he said in an interview with PYMNTS.

For sure, the traveler throughput delivered by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered more than 9.2 million travelers went via air during the 10-day occasion stretch in 2020. Unexpectedly since the pandemic started, there were three days straight in which more than 1 million travelers traveled every day.

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Have you ever had any dilemmas about driving in Europe? Drinking alcohol when driving is absolutely out of question, but, how about drinking water? Smoking can be overlooked as a social-cultural trait in Greece, but is it allowed to smoke there when at the wheel? The old saying "slowly but surely" may prove right in Finland, where in winter the speed limit drops by 20km/h on most motorways.

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