The Business Travel Magazine Dec/Jan 2019/20

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THE REVIEW

T H E L O W D O W N

“the awards are

recognition of

the people

that turn the

wheels of our

industry every

single day”

BTA's investment plea

to new government

THE Business Travel Association has unveiled a ‘manifesto’

in which it urges the next government to invest in a range of

infrastructure projects and sustainable travel initiatives.

It calls for the new government to support the expansion

of Heathrow Airport and ensure access to the expanded

airport for 14 regional airports. It also recommends that the

government sees through the delivery of HS2 as planned, to

improve connectivity across the North, and to implement

the rail operation and ticketing reform recommendations of

the as yet unpublished Williams Review.

There are also calls to reform APD and ultimately abolish it,

to modernise UK airspace to help reduce pollution, and to

encourage more investment in alternative fuels and the

development of electric aircraft. “The government has been

paralysed by Brexit,” says Clive Wratten, CEO of the BTA.

few TRAVEL

Policies are

'going green'

FOR all the talk of sustainability

and responsible travel, few

companies are actually taking

action by implementing 'green'

initiatives in their travel policies,

according to new research.

The findings from GBTA and

Concur show only 27% of travel

managers surveyed say their

company encourages travellers to

book with sustainable suppliers.

Only 31% are currently working

sustainable initiatives into travel

policy and only 4% mandate

travellers to select suppliers using

sustainable practices.

“While individual contributions to

choosing sustainable and

eco-conscious options around

travel and consumerism is great

and shows willing, it’s corporations

that are capable of steering us

toward a more sustainable future.

But there’s much work to be

done,” says Pierre-Emmanuel

Tetaz, SVP & GM – EMEA, Concur.

Nominations open

January 2020

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Plaza Premium Group is investing

$55million in 15 new lounges and

hotels at 11 international airports.

IT has recently opened Aerotel

properties at Heathrow t3 and Beijing

Daxing Airport and will open

another at Sydney Airport in 2020

avanti moves

forward on

west coast

avanti West Coast is the name

of the new intercity operation

from FirstGroup and Trenitalia

who take over the franchise from

Virgin Trains on December 8.

Italian for 'forward', Avanti

“reflects a mission to deliver an

innovative railway service that is

ready for today and fit for the

future”, according to the new

operators. The operators will

refurbish 56 Pendolino trains,

introduce a fleet of new trains

and add 263 services per week

by 2022. The 400-mile long route

serves cities like Birmingham,

Manchester, Liverpool and

Glasgow as well as London and

North Wales.

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