Blockchain & Travel: A Primer

Blockchain might well be a revolutionary technology that could shape the future of travel — especially payment settlement and fraud prevention — but it is also “the most overhyped technology right now,” according to Norm Rose, senior technology and corporate market analyst at Phocuswright. Blockchain, which was created to communicate and secure bitcoin transactions, has…

Simplification the Way Forward for Travel Industry

According to research from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), underwritten by HRS, travel managers are struggling in the face of changing technology and business travelers’ needs and expectations. Respondents recognize the challenge and understand that simplifying their programs could yield benefits, but simplification initiatives face competing priorities. Titled “Simplifying Managed Travel”, the study…

A Guide to Japanese Onsen Etiquette

Planning business travel to Japan? If you spend much time with Japanese colleagues there may come a time when you are invited to an onsen, a traditional natural-spring bathhouse. While Switzerland has its “terme baden”, Hungary its “furdo”, and Iceland its “hotpots”, Japan is home to the omnipresent onsen, soothing hot spring baths scattered across…