In an industry which is continually evolving and changing pace so quickly, keeping on top of what is relevant is difficult! There are lots of resources available but going through them all can take up a lot of time. So we’ve done the hard work for you, below are 16 business travel resources that we think are worthwhile taking a look at.
Whether you are in travel procurement, a travel manager, a travel consultant or even an industry leader they will ensure that you are up to date with the latest news updates and trends.
#1 Buying Business Travel – As one of the industries most read publications this is a great place to start. It is a one stop resource for news, updates and in depth features written by some of the most well respected journalists in business travel.
#2 The Business Travel Magazine – This contains all the latest travel news and information about industry events throughout the year. It also features a useful archive of industry related ‘how to’ guides, called ‘The Knowledge’.
#3 Business Traveller – Aimed more at the individual traveller, this keeps you up to date with the latest news with a specific focus on international hotels and the airline industry. Their ‘Tried and Tested’ section reviews everything from hotels, executive lounges to travel technology.
There are lots of conferences every year and if they are well-run and widely attended they can be a great opportunity for access to industry leaders, innovators and opportunities. These are the ones we think are worth your time:
#4 The Business Travel Show – The largest show in the business travel world which takes place across 2 days each February in London’s Olympia. With over 9,000 in attendance from across the world, this is the place to be for all things corporate travel.
#5 The Business Travel Conference – This 2 day event in London brought to you by the Business Travel Magazine hosts 60 leading business travel suppliers and industry speakers. It is a more intimate event aimed at corporate buyers and arrangers of travel and meetings.
#6 ITM Conference – In partnership with the GBTA, this conference hosts talks from industry leading speakers. An opportunity for suppliers and buyers of business travel to network and attend breakout sessions to learn the latest industry trends.
LinkedIn is not only a great way to build your industry contacts, but also allows you to join conversations on some of the industry’s hottest topics and become more familiar with others’ opinions on industry developments.
#7 Buying Business Travel – The LinkedIn group from the industry-leading magazine, there are almost 4,000 members publishing articles, making comments and getting to grips with the latest issues in business travel.
#8 Corporate Travel Managers – CTM’s group is ideally suited to travel managers and those who procure travel management. It’s full of informed debate and is a great way to keep in touch and to keep your finger on the pulse of travel management.
#9 Institute of Travel & Meetings – The ITM is the professional body for buyers and suppliers of business travel and its LinkedIn group aims to try and provide an environment for the exchange of best practice, research, networking and career opportunities.
#10 Online Travel Technology – A hugely popular group with over 30,000 members, Online Travel Technology is, unsurprisingly, all about business travel via the Internet. It’s aimed at anyone running or involved in an online travel business, covering online acquisition, analysis and sharing best practice.
For bite-size bits of information, useful tips and links to relevant articles, Twitter is a great way to keep your travel management knowledge up to date at a quick glance.
#11 @BusinessTravelIQ – It’s definitely worth having a look at this less well-known resource in the business travel industry. It provides links to relevant topics and trends and keeps you up to date with upcoming industry events.
#12 @BusTrav – Business Travel News provides an interesting and wide variety of content, with information and stories ranging from car hire to budget hotels and destinations.
#13 @BTUK – Great for individuals travelling on business, this feed regularly posts links to useful articles from the Business Traveller magazine.
With such a lot of information available on the Internet it’s difficult to know where to start looking for useful and reliable insight. These are some business travel related websites you might want to bookmark to your favourites:
#14 Buying Business Travel – The website for the widely read BBT magazine where you can view the digital editions of the magazine. This is a comprehensive resource for all aspects of travel management. It provides useful discussions and forums on Business travel and even a jobs board.
#15 Breaking Travel News – A site to keep you up to date with industry related stories. It also features a helpful ‘Travel Events Calendar’ which will certainly make sure all upcoming industry events are on your radar.
#16 TTG Digital – There’s a huge variety of content available to browse on the TTG website, it has the usual corporate travel news and updates as well as advice on marketing and careers.
Well now you have a wealth of useful and relevant business travel resources available at your fingertips! It certainly isn’t something you will be able to absorb overnight but having this to dip in and out of will stand you in good stead to sustain and grow your business travel knowledge over time and keep up to date with industry innovations.
Another great place to check out is our travel management blog we’ve got helpful business travel related information and handy definitions of all the key terms you’ll need to know.