Vision’s Top 8 Canadian Biz Travel Trends

Vision Travel, Canada’s largest independently owned travel management company, has set out its opinions on the top trends in business travel for 2016. Here’s a synopsis:

 

Ultra Long-Haul Is Back: Lighter and faster aircraft paired with new routes means international travel growth will soar in the coming year, Vision says. A highlight will be the Airbus A350, expected to roll out commercially this year. This ultra-long range aircraft not only opens up new routes (it can fly up to 19 hours straight) it also opens up new shorter haul routes because it makes it cheaper for airlines to fly them.

 

Both Air Canada and WestJet have opened up new longer haul routes - from direct flights to Korea to about a dozen new cities in Europe, and Canadian businesses are benefitting from this access to new trade and export lines beyond North America. And the flow goes both ways, with more long-haul biz travellers coming to Canada.

 

YYZ As Canada's Super Hub

Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and continues to grow. AC is focused on establishing YYZ as a super hub for international travel. YYZ expansion is under discussion, including the possibility of an additional international terminal in the foreseeable future.

Technology-enabled Independence

With advancements in technology, the travel experience has never been more seamless. Travellers can research, plan, book and report their activities all on mobile, and travel managers can dive into detailed reports like they never have before. Vision says that the automation is making biz travel more efficient, but is also driving travellers to seek more personalized service, creating more demand for TMC expertise.

Frugality Is The Order Of The Day

With the recent global financial crisis, companies are becoming more frugal when it comes to allocated travel budget, Vision says. It predicts that this year will see corporate travel managers choosing the lowest possible airfare, fewer hotel room upgrades and capped spending on per diem allowances. Vision says innovative payment technologies such as the prepaid CSI globalVCard, a single-use electronic payment credit card, is helping Canadian corporate travel managers set parameters and keep employees within spending allowances.

 

Tighter Security, Stricter Travel Policies

In light of recent global events, traveller security is high on the radar and companies are reviewing Duty of Care policies to ensure any potential gaps are addressed. Companies will also be stricter in implementing travel policies, from booking with approved vendors to establishing protocols to mitigate any potential risks when travelling to high risk destinations, or engaging with "new entrant" vendors that are classified as non-traditional.

 

Millennials Changing the Market

Vision says millennial business travellers are changing the travel industry. As early adopters of social media and mobile app technology, they are putting pressure on companies to become more digitalized in everything from hotel travel apps to on-demand car service.

 

Integrating Health & Wellness

An increasing number of travellers are focused on maintaining their health-conscious lifestyles while on the road. Hotels are responding with programs, new menus, amenities and services like gyms, yoga classes, or even providing workout gear to guests.  





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