The business of travel
Etihad loyalty scheme for SMEs
SMEs can benefit from the miles flown by staff with the introduction to Ireland by Etihad of the BusinessConnect product. Companies with two to 50 business travellers and which do not have an airline corporate contract can earn miles on all tickets booked. Miles can be used against free flights and upgrades.
Destinations to keep an eye on
Watching travel trends is a key to uncovering emerging markets and FCm Travel Solutions – with offices in 75 countries – has released predictions from its regional markets. Outside the BRIC nations, Latin America, Angola, Ghana, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are countries identified for growth and development opportunities.
Time worth on average €233 per hour
How much is an hour of your time worth? If you travel through London City Airport, then probably in the region of €233 per hour, the average value put on their time by airport users.
Almost 30 per cent valued their time at more than €246 per hour and 8 per cent value their time at more than €600 per hour. Speed, efficiency and convenience is why they use LCY. After all, time is money.
Hotels for less with new app
Hot Hotels, the newest hotel app, cut its teeth in the Spanish market and is now available in 18 countries and 101 cities. Irish co-founder Conor O’Connor said: “We aim to fill empty rooms at the last minute and so can offer serious savings.” Smartphone users could find themselves staying in the Hilton Dublin for €94, the Waldorf Hilton London for €216, the Gambrinus Rome for €81 and the Mercure Madrid for €85. Three-star hotels are considerably cheaper, see hot.co.uk.