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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Integrating Health &
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.