Our Annual Travel Poll Surveying US-Based Consultants on their Travel Preferences, such as: Days on the Road, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hotel Preferences and Decision Influencers. Survey deadline is Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
With business booming and the economy continuing to recover and humming along like it hasn't in years, consultants are on the road more now than ever, according to our annual Best Places to Stay survey, which was conducted between May and July.
Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
A new survey of frequent business travelers found that they want more room to spread out, the ability to maintain a normal routine and opportunities to interact with business associates and fellow travelers.
The soon-to-be-opened Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is currently taking reservations for stays beginning in mid-October, and it sure feels like the City of Brotherly Love’s getting a boutique hotel worthy of the real estate it’s built on and around, arguably the most historic square mile in the United States.
Worried about getting that hotel room near London during the Olympic Games? While it still won’t be easy (or inexpensive) to find a room in London during this summer’s Olympics, at least it won’t be impossible.
As the economy recovers, hotel chains are expanding international portfolios. While there’s not a lot of new hotel construction going on here at home, there’s plenty of activity offshore, particularly in Europe, China and India. Here’s just a brief recap of some of the hotels that are expected to come online over the next few years.
Expect to pay more for business travel this year. So, what else is new? Well, the good news is that domestically, those price hikes won’t feel too bad. But if you regularly travel to Latin America or Asia, expect to pay more, especially for hotels, in 2012.
Consultants are earning significantly more frequent flyer miles in 2011—as clear a sign as we’ve seen yet that the recovery is in full swing. The average consultant is now traveling 96 nights per year,
When you’re on the road, a laptop is your… well, everything. It must be reliable, powerful and fast. In today’s world, laptops are indispensable. But it also means that every few years, we’re all in the market for a new one. Here are some selections for your next upgrade.
For the nimble business traveler, lighter and smaller is always better. And if you can add function, style and coolness, even better. So, it’s easy to understand the excitement for the new wave of tablet computers.
If your New Year's resolutions include eating better—and really, whose doesn’t?—why not take it to another level by resolving to dine in some of the very best restaurants while you’re on the road in 2011?
Consultants know all too well the challenges of staying healthy while on the road. For help, Consulting turned to health coach, speaker and trainer Adele Good. Good is the founder of The Skinny on The Skinny, a company specializing in personal health improvements. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re heading to the airport… or to the office holiday party.
When you live out of a suitcase, it sort of becomes your home away from home. And with the amount consultants travel, it’s not uncommon to wear it out pretty quickly. So, the next time you’re in the market for new rolling luggage, take a look at these four. They’re sturdy, practical, and let’s be honest, they’ll all look great on a baggage carousel. Wait, let’s make that the overhead bin.
This is the first installment of a regular feature by Omar Khan, founder of Sensei International. He writes The Global Consultant Blog at www.theglobalconsultant.net, which contains—among other things—recent restaurant reviews.
The U.K. economy officially exited its recession in the fourth quarter of 2009, but there’s little reason to think a robust consulting recovery is on the horizon, according to Alan Leamon, the chief executive of the U.K. Management Consulting Association.
Most consultants spend hours a day tapping away on their computer or PDA keyboard—never giving its form or function a second thought. If you ever need to replace it, you can find a simple, utilitarian keyboard online for under $6. But if you’re willing to pay a little more (or, in some cases, a lot more), you can find keyboards with all kinds of cool features.
In light of the economic slump and high fuel costs, airlines are reducing, and, in some cases, eliminating all together, service to hundreds of “second-tier” cities around the country in an effort to tighten their belts.
Delta Airlines has announced some pretty significant changes to its SkyMiles frequent-flier program intended to encourage customer loyalty, and discourage the use of multiple airlines by its frequent customers. Under the new rules, Delta customers can “roll over” earned miles and credits not needed to reach an elite status level.
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and Egencia, Expedia Inc.’s travel arm, have released some of the findings from a study enumerating spending by global businesses on travel. Business travel is anticipated to grow in all regions over the next five years, but some regions are expected to experience stronger growth than others.
Consultants on the move need access to tons of data. PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and spreadsheets by the gross are just a few examples of the variety of computer files that a consultant needs at his or her side at a moment’s notice. Nothing can turn a sleek presentation into a train wreck faster than a corrupt file or a failed hard drive. With a USB flash drive, back-ups of your critical files can easily fit in a device the size of a pocketknife. Here are a few solutions to help ensure that presentation nightmare will never happen to you.
Continental Airlines and United Airlines have announced a plan to work together to cut costs, generate revenue and better satisfy their customers. To this end, the two airlines will link their networks and services worldwide, and Continental will join the Star Alliance of airlines.
Today’s business traveler can barely make do with two hands. Add to the mix the arsenal of new gadgets you always have in tow, and it begins to seem like you could use a few more. Luckily, nowadays you barely need your hands at all to make and receive calls from the road, leaving your hands free for more important stuff—like driving.
Even in a challenging economy, Hilton Hotels is going ahead with its decision to roll out a new extended stay brand—Home2 Suites by Hilton. The first hotel, focused on the mid-tier market segment, will make its debut in early 2010.
In an increasingly wireless world, on-the-go access to reliable, low-cost wireless Internet has become an indispensable tool for business travelers. And in Consulting magazine’s annual Best Places to Stay Survey last year, 93 percent of consultants told us they wanted Wi-Fi, and they expected it to be free.
Looking for a laptop that weighs less than your BlackBerry? Well, those may be still a few years off, but these 2.5-pound-and-under selections will be light on your luggage—and at less than a grand, pretty light on your wallet, too. So, if your New Year’s Resolution was to lose a few pounds, here’s a great place to start.
Who needs a wake up call? Officials at Crowne Plaza hotels say what business travelers need these days is a gentle reminder that it’s time to shut down and get some sleep. That’s why the chain rolled out its Switch Off Call service to its U.K. hotels in December.
Marriott Guarantee Startles Web-Savvy For those consultants who pride themselves on scoring low hotel rates via the Web, Marriott International has issued a challenge few Web-savvy travelers can ignore.
Women may not make up the majority of business travelers, but they’re starting to shake things up when it comes to accommodations. Hotels are starting to respond to women’s requests for everything from better security to better bathrooms.
You’re flight’s already an hour late, and you’re not exactly sure where your client’s new headquarters is located. Avoid the hassle with a portable GPS, one you can take with you in the rental car during the week and then can help you find the theme park as you dash home in time for the weekend. Here are a few of the top portable products.
If you're renting with Hertz, you won't feel as much of a fuel pinch anymore, as the company is responding to customer feedback regarding its refueling policies and is now charging in line with local fuel prices.
It's a tough time to fly—and it might be an even tougher time to find a flight. American Airlines, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and others have announced flight schedule reductions as cost-saving measures by the end of the year.
Between airplane fuel, fast-food wrappers and hotel towels, there's a lot of waste when it comes to traveling. If you're looking to ease your conscience without losing your sense of style, here are some earth-friendly travel products you might want to check out.
Business travelers are getting creative when it comes to balancing the demands of the road, work and home. That's according to recent research from Expedia Corporate Travel, which surveyed more than 1,100 U.S.-based business travelers.
Some technology just seems designed for the traveling consultant. Webcams, once the purview of attention-hungry teens up to no good, are a great way to see your family—even if you're in Tokyo and they're in Texas.
When the in-flight movie has been the same one for your past six flights,
it might be time to take over the controls—of your video watching, that is. With a portable DVD player,
you can use that time on the plane to watch what you want to. This month, we look a few options for making
the most of that Netflix subscription.
Business travel has reached a new level—a new comfort level, that is. United Airline’s new first-class seats,
which were unveiled last year but are now being used on international Boeing 767 flights, have a number of amenities that
economy seats just can’t compare to. “This is important because it’s a huge customer benefit,”
says United Airlines spokesman Jeff Kovick, who is referring to seats that lie flat, have iPod adapters and 15.4-inch video
screens that will play iPod videos or 150 hours of on-board programming. The first-class seats, Kovick says, can be especially
beneficial to business customers, who can truly use the flight experience to unwind for a few hours. “I think the idea is
that it enables our customers to relax, to sleep and to be entertained throughout their travel experience. Business [travelers]
are expected to hit the ground running and go to meetings.”
Is lightweight the right weight? No doubt you’ve seen the MacBook Air ads, and perhaps you’ve checked out some of the popular laptop’s competitors. Here’s a rundown of what you can get at four-and-a-half pounds or less.
No technology product was perfect when it first came to market—think of televisions, computers or cell phones. But to be among the first to own the gadget du jour has its own cache—which is why you just might want to join the ranks of those who own the initial crop of book readers.
C’mon admit it—you hate flying commercial. And you’d really hate flying commercial if you were stuck flying from Tallahasse, Fla., to Augusta, Ga., four times a month. And even though it’s only 365 miles, you’ll probably have a layover in Atlanta. All told, the trip probably will end up costing you at least four hours. You could drive, of course, but that would just be crazy. If only there were another way.
Travelers soon will have another air option when traveling from New York to Brussels or Paris when British Airways launches a new airline—OpenSkies—in June. The new airline will feature daily flights to both destinations on Boeing 757 aircraft that can carry up to 82 passengers. The carrier will offer three distinct traveling classes: business, premium economy and economy. The business class cabin has 24 seats that convert into 6-foot flat beds. There will be 28 premium economy seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 30 economy seats. The plan is to operate six 757s by the end of 2009, all of which will come from the current BA fleet, according to Dale Moss, the managing director of OpenSkies.
What? There are MP3 players other than the iPod? Turns out there are quite a few different ways to listen to music, podcasts and radio. The models featured here also let you watch video. But how do they hold up to the gold standard in portable players? Well, put that audiobook on pause and read on.
Do you have a clients in Mexico of the Caribbean? Perhaps the new Marriott Virtual Trip Kits can help make those trips a little easier. Marriott properties in those locales now offer online kits that, according to Michelle Bozoki, director, marketing communications, Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico, give travelers “an insider’s view into the experience.”
The day has arrived—finally.
That day, of course, is the day you knew was coming all along—the day you’d be able to log on and stay connected at 35,000 feet.
JetBlue, in its usual one-step-ahead-of-the-rest mode became the first domestic air carrier to offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity when it launched its
prototype “BetaBlue” aircraft on a New York to San Francisco flight in December.
As the iPhone, the most anticipated gadget release of the year, hits the streets, you’re probably wondering if it’s right for you. After all, with a new BlackBerry Curve in your left hand, do you really need an iPhone in your right? Judging by the lines, quite a few people do. If you’re considering an iPhone, here are a few points to consider before you start shopping.
Cali Williams Yost is president of Work+Life Fit, Inc., and author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You. Yost, who hosts a blog at worklifefit.com,
founded Work+Life Fit, a Madison, N.J.-based company dedicated to helping professionals manage the way life fits in their work schedule. She is a recent
recipient of the Work-Life Rising Star Award from the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. Yost spoke with Consulting about what, if anything, can be done about
the profession’s rigorous travel schedule and its impact on consultants.
The votes are in, and the surveys are tallied. You’ve crowned a new best place to stay for 2007. Oh sure, last year’s top choices,
the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, still rank among your favorites, but in 2007, St. Regis takes the gold.
LRA Worldwide, Horsham, Pa., has taken on a new project for current client Hyatt. The consulting, organizational development and research company that specializes in customer experience management had previously been conducting quality assurance site evaluations for Hyatt. Now, LRA Worldwide is working with Hyatt to develop customized programs for the new Hyatt Select Group, comprised of the Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites brands.
While there may be little you can do about your hectic schedule or what food airplanes are serving these days, the nutrition experts at DietDetective.com have recently compiled some useful information on the health value of the food major airlines serve to passengers.
In an age when bottled liquids are all that’s needed to strike fear into the hearts of seasoned road warriors, consultants have continued to buckle
up and journey whenever their clients deem it necessary. Once again, you shared with us your hard-earned wisdom about life on the road.
While recently reviewing data collected from Consulting Magazine’s “Best Places to Stay” survey, consultants frequently
identified one aspect of business travel they would rather do without: Travel agents.
Recently, the Air Transport Association, a trade organization of leading U.S. airlines, began urging airports not to endorse the Registered Traveler program currently being tested by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Road warriors staying at W Hotels may have an easier time getting some shut-eye. As part of the hotel chain’s new “Whatever/Whenever” service, guests can now choose from among three kinds of pillows to help them slumber.
It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel: A business traveler inserts a card into an airport security kiosk, which matches the card’s data against iris and thumbprint scans of the traveler and a scan of federal “watch list” databases; if everything is Jake, the business traveler strolls through to her gate.