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It’s been more than a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11 March 2020 – causing the travel industry to shut-down overnight. But will vaccines spur the sector’s recovery in 2021 and beyond? Here are just five things to keep in mind.
As business travel recovers it’s important to note that the needs of companies – and that of their travellers – have changed. Anyone wanting to give their travel programme a 2021 shake up, will need to keep a few important changes in mind.
Remember the days before COVID? Even though we like to look at the pre-COVID era as a time of calm and stability, the truth is that even before COVID-19, the global workforce was undergoing a sea change.
From unexpected delays, missed connections and the stress of last-minute flight changes, as frequent travellers we’ve all been there, done that. Here are five real-life travel ‘disruptions’ – and how to handle them like a pro.
Over the past few years TMCs have focussed their efforts on frictionless travel – easy, client-centric solutions which address the various frustrations and pain points of travel bookers and travellers alike, from booking to departure, and arrival to post-trip reconciliation and reporting.
On the surface, a shift in booking lead times demands a degree of flexibility from the traveller, but for travel managers and procurement managers, it means juggling approval processes, flight availability, cancelled or postponed tickets, and spend.
Change isn't easy. There's technical and human elements to consider. The technical part, a new system or process, is relatively easy to figure out. But human behaviour and habits? That's more difficult.
FCM is pleased to announce it has been awarded the contract to manage the North American and European travel program of Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world.
FCM Travel Solutions today unveiled a new logo and colour, new technologies and a new approach to corporate travel as part of an extensive rebranding initiative. The rebranding comes at a time that business travel globally is experiencing unprecedented disruption with travellers’ needs changing like never before.
South Africa will move to alert level one on 28 February 2021. South Africans are permitted to travel freely internationally as mentioned during the ministerial brief on 30 September 2020, however will be required to check the entry requirements of the country they wish to travel to.
The 20 land borders which were partially operational will now be fully operational and the 33 land borders which were closed will remain closed. There are still many entry restrictions and border closures that remain in effect globally. Any returning South African citizens and residents will be subject to entry regulations and protocols and may be required to enter quarantine.
South Africans are permitted to travel freely internationally as mentioned during the ministerial brief on 30 September, however will be required to check the entry requirements of the country they wish to travel to. With the emergence of the Covid-19 variant, some countries have decided to restrict entry from South Africa for a period of time.