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  • 29 Apr 2022 11:39 | Anonymous

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  • 28 Apr 2022 13:04 | Anonymous

    In chapter 1 we started with an overview of the new ISO standard 31030 "Travel Risk Management". In chapter 2, we now dive deeper into the individual topics:

    Creating contextual understanding

    The basis for a successful TRM is to embed it into the organization’s context. It is about addressing your organization’s specific needs and circumstances. The following three core topics provide a helpful guidance to develop your TRM fit:

    1. Operating Context

    Get a clear understanding of the factors affecting the TRM of your organisation. There are external and internal factors. External factors can be, for example:

    • political, socio-economic, ethnic, regulatory, religious.
    • violence (political, social)
    • infrastructure quality (transport, telecom, hotel)
    • quality of the health system
    • environmental factors

    Internal factors include your organisation’s:

    • strategy and culture
    • governance structure
    • risk management and risk criteria
    • scope of travel activities
    • technical resources for TRM
    • data management

    The industry sector in which the organisationoperates can have a significant impact on the relevant risks. Accordingly, the organisationneeds a clear and comprehensive understanding of its risk profile, which in turn needs to be reviewed regularly.

    2. Stakeholders

    Within the framework of a TRM system, various internal and external stakeholders must be taken into account and should be involved in the process at an early stage, e.g.:

    • Internal stakeholders/functions
      • HSE
      • Corporate security
      • BCM
      • Emergency/crisis management
      • CSR
      • Corporate Travel
      • HR
      • Country/Regional Representation
      • Risk Management
      • Legal & Compliance
      • Communication
      • Finance
    • External stakeholders/functions
      • Travel Management Companies
      • Insurance service providers
      • Emergency organisations
      • Emergency contacts of travellers
      • Local partners

    The comprehensive involvement of these stakeholders is required for an optimised and effective incident handling.

    3. Travelling Population

    At the core of every TRM are the travelers with their different profiles, which must be placed in the context of the travel destinations. Factors such as age, gender, skills, nationality, cultural and religious background, sexual orientation, medical condition have an impact on the risk assessment for a specific travel.

    This results in different categories of travelers with corresponding levels of duty of care - such as:

    • Direct employees
    • Guests of the organisation
    • Family members travelling with the main person
    • Students / interns
    • General distinction between travelers and expatriates
    • Local employees or remote workers

    For an accurate and up-to-date assessment, HR and legal services should be involved as of the preparation phase of a business journey.

    Business goals vs. risk acceptance

    Every business trip has its business objective. In terms of a risk and reward analysis, these objectives should be compared with the corresponding potential risks and, if feasible, mitigation measures should be defined.

    Every organisation has its business specific risk profile. The relevant risk criteria should be documented in the TRM policy. This allows for a systematic definition and implementation of internal and – with the help of external service providers – external measures.

    A specific assessment can potentially also lead to the conclusion to refrain from traveling to the envisaged destination or to modify the travel plans.

    Outlook to Chapter 3: 

    How to manage travel risks?

  • 28 Apr 2022 11:57 | Anonymous
    • The conference area of the Essential by Dorint Basel City offers 4 variable combinable conference rooms with natural daylight and space for up to 80 people.

      As host of the ASTM Spring Conference 2022, the Essential by Dorint Basel City is one of the few 4-star hotels in Basel, which offers a sustainability concept for their meetings and events. 100% of the energy comes from renewable sources. The food and snacks offered during your breaks come from regional products.  A special highlight is our conference terrace and garden area, where you can air your head during breaks and catch a few rays of sunshine. When temperatures are pleasant, the terrace is also very popular for breakout sessions and aperitif events. We are specialised for meetings from 20 to 50 people. All meeting rooms are fully air-conditioned, have natural light and modern event technology as well as high-speed WiFi. They provide an ideal environment for congress-related activities, seminars, workshops, product presentations or banquet events. Our modern equipped studios can also be used as additional break out rooms or syndicate rooms. An underground parking garage with 6 charging stations for electric cars is available to conference guests.

      Did you know that our garden area is perfect for a Barbecue Event after a long meeting day? Of course, with a wide range of regional products too!

       

      Our Daily Delegate Rate "Comfort" offers:

      • Personal, professionally trained seminar support
      • Modern equipped conference room with in-house technology: 1x flipchart, 1x screen. presenter's case,1x pin board, beamer, writing materials: pads & pens
      • High speed Conference WiFi for all participant
      • Unlimited mineral water in the meeting room
      • Coffee break in the morning and afternoon including drinks, fruit and snacks (sweet and savoury)
      • 3-course lunch menu or lunch buffet of the chef's choice

    CHF 95,-per person and day


  • 28 Apr 2022 11:56 | Anonymous

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  • 28 Apr 2022 11:55 | Anonymous

    One of Europe’s oldest Travel Agencies joins the GlobalStar network

     

    GlobalStar Travel Management has announced Kuoni Business Travel Switzerland as its latest new Partner. With the addition of Kuoni, the GlobalStar network is extended into Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

    James Stevenson, CEO at GlobalStar comments: “It’s a great honour to welcome to the GlobalStar network one of Europe’s oldest travel agencies. In Kuoni Business Travel Switzerland we benefit from the knowledge and experience that only a successful and highly respected business can share. They are a perfect fit for our network and our clients. It is real endorsement of everything we stand for that an increasing number of significant Travel Companies from around the world are joining us. They are looking for the ways and means of gaining global reach and expertise – two of the core benefits of the GlobalStar network.”

    Andreas Schneider, Head of Business Travel Switzerland, adds: “We are very pleased that we can continue our growth objectives as part of the GlobalStar network. This is a great opportunity. We are strategically on course to ensure our successful future, and to continue to grow after the crisis. Being a GlobalStar Partner gives us access to new Partners and clients, products and services, new business opportunities and, learning and development. Within the network, we will be able to provide more for our existing clients and accelerate our strategic objectives. GlobalStar is the optimal partner for us.”


  • 13 Apr 2022 14:52 | Anonymous

    Registration is now open online for Business Travel Show Europe – the leading business travel event in Europe – which returns as a fully face-to-face event at ExCeL London following a successful debut at the venue in 2021. 

    The 28th Business Travel Show Europe will take place on 29-30 June 2022 alongside The Meetings Show and TravelTech Show, which returns to connect the travel tech industry in-person after more than two years away and a virtual offering in 2021.

    Business Travel Show Europe will convene the biggest gathering of European suppliers, and offer buyers first class conference and networking, plus the Ethical Travel Trail, International Hotel Village, Airline Pavilion, Business Travel Innovation Faceoff, BTN Start-up Zone and Business Travel Tech Zone.

    Over 125 suppliers exhibited at Business Travel Show Europe 2021 including TMCs, airlines and ground transport, hotel groups, technology providers, and more, attracting over 3,500 attendees.

    With three months to go, event organiser The BTN Group has received similarly widespread industry support for the 2022 edition, with more than 70% of space booked and confirmed exhibitors including:
    • TMCs: American Express GBT, ATPI, BCD, CTM, CWT, Clarity, Click, Corporate Traveller, Egencia, FCM, Omega World Travel and TripActions
    • Ground transport providers: Addison Lee, AVIS Budget, FreeNow, Gett and Uber; Avanti West Coast, Enterprise, GWR, First Transpennine Express, National Express and C-Mac Partnership
    • Accommodation: BWH Hotel Group, IHG, Hilton, Adina Apartment Hotels, Choice Hotels, Edyn Group, Hard Rock Hotels, Jurys Inn & Leonardo Hotels, Melia White, NH Hotel Group
    • Tech: Roaming Expert, Troop Travel, FairFly and Midoco


    Shelley Mathews, General Manager – Sales, EMEA, CTM, said: “The quality of buyers we saw at Business Travel Show Europe in 2021 was amazing and, more importantly, everyone came to the stand with purpose. We held more meetings than ever – over 50 in two days – with buyers holding budgets worth hundreds of millions of pounds. It was wonderful to see people face to face and reconnect with the industry again and we’re looking forward to making more meaningful connections at the show in June.”

    CTM’s Shelley Mathews is one of 21 industry experts joining the Business Travel Show Europe advisory board for 2022. The others are:

    • New buyer advisory board members:
      • Andrew Carne, Global Procurement Manager – meetings, events and collaboration, BP
      • Annette Maag, Global Hotel Lead, IBM
      • Ben Park, Senior Director Procurement & Travel, Parexel
      • Bernadette Basterfield, Executive Sourcing Leader - Travel/Living & Fleet, GE
      • Bobbi Djordjevic, Global Procurement Category Manager, Dentsply Sirona 
      • Carine Morin, Regional Travel Manager, EMEA, Service Now
      • Carol Fergus, Global Head of Travel, Fidelity
      • Nicholas Nelson, Global Lodgings and EMEIA Developed Markets Travel, Meetings and Events Leader, EY
      • Sammit Khandeparkar, Senior Manager Global Travel and Expense, Astellas
      • Stephen Swift, Travel Manager, EMEA and APAC, Ford Motor Co.
      • Yvonne Moya, Global Head of Travel, Randstad
    • New supplier advisory board members: 
      • Katie Skitterall, Group Commercial Director, ATPI
      • Ami Taylor, Senior Director, EMEA Product Strategy, SAP Concur
      • Clive Cornelius, Head of Travel Segment, Visa
      • David Kaye, Director of Sales, Gett
      • David Sparrow, Managing Director, Worldwide Sales, EMEA, Best Western
      • Emma Wilson, VP, Marketing, Sabre
      • James Marchant, Senior Business Development Manager, EasyJet
      • Jo Hillman, Senior Director Sales, UK & I, CWT
      • Rachel Connolly, Sales Enablement Manager, Addison Lee

    Also new for this year, The BTN Group is introducing a range of two-day pricing options to allow non-buyer visitors to attend Business Travel Show Europe, TravelTech Show and The Meetings Show.  

    Louis Magliaro, Executive VP, BTN Group:  “It was wonderful to see the industry get back together again at Business Travel Show Europe in September. Since then, many travellers have had their third vaccinations and Covid-related travel restrictions have been reduced and, in some cases, eliminated entirely. The green shoots of a return to business travel as we knew it are clear for all to see. We are very much looking forward to reuniting everyone in June and supporting a strong comeback for the industry.”

    Business Travel Show Europe runs from 29-30 June at ExCeL London, alongside TravelTech Show and The Meetings Show.


    Notes to editors:

    Online visitor registration is now open for Business Travel Show Europe at www.businesstravelshoweurope.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Charlie Le Rougetel or Bonnie Simpson at bts@bigtop-pr.co.uk and 07736 330676 / 07834 347644

    Follow us www.twitter.com/btshoweu - #BTShowEU

    Join us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2726671/admin/
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2048219

    Like us on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/businesstravelshow   
    Read our blog
    https://www.businesstravelshoweurope.com/media-hub

     

    About Business Travel Show Europe: 

    Business Travel Show Europe, held annually in London since 1994 and presented by The BTN Group, is the place where travel buyers, procurement, and bookers from across Europe go to start, improve, or benchmark their travel programmes.

    Focusing solely on business travel, it brings all the innovation, knowledge and contacts together into one place to allow buyers and bookers to put the corporate traveller at the heart of every story. The unique hosted buyer programme brings many top-level decision-makers to the show with a minimum £1 million travel budget.

    The show provides a forum for the industry to talk travel, learn new practices and exciting new techniques, and meet with colleagues and network. It is a show where the industry comes together to do business effectively.

     


  • 31 Mar 2022 12:03 | Anonymous

    Dear Members

    The recent events in Eastern Europe have once again shown how quickly apparent certainties can vanish into thin air and why the issue of safety on business trips deserves special attention. In view of the current increased demands on the duty of care of companies and business travel managers, we are therefore delighted to be able to offer you free access to the Travel Safety Platform of our partners Kuoni Business Travel & Safeture for 90 days.

    Safeture offers cloud-based travel safety and Duty of Care as Software as a Service (SaaS): After depositing booking data, companies can use the Safeture Management Tool to locate their employees anywhere in the world, communicate with them and support them in crisis situations. Travellers have access to a real-time alert system on security-related issues in their area with the Safeture App; an emergency call function allows them to request help with one click. An AI-based automatic translation provides the alerts and safety information in 40 languages, including German, French and Italian.

    After your registration, we will be happy to offer you a personal presentation and training. After the free test phase, your booking data will of course be stored in the system.

    After all, the quality of your travel risk management is as important to us as the care of your employees is to you.

    https://www.safeture.com/trial/

    After you have registered, we will automatically change the 30-day trial period to 90 days. If you have any questions, we are of course at your disposal. You are also welcome to reply directly to this email: contact@astm.online



  • 31 Mar 2022 11:57 | Anonymous

    The world is moving fast and is getting more complex continuously. This also applies to the daily life of business travellers. The Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have added to the challenges how to travel safely. Being on top of the relevant information proves to be very challenging at times given the myriad of sources and data. This challenge is highly relevant when planning business travels too. The employer has an obligation to protect its employees on their business trips. This obligation results from both a statutory duty of care which applies to all employers as well applicable standards such as ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) for stock-listed organisations.

    Consequently, the importance of «travel security» and «travel risk management» (TRM) has increased continuously - not only for globally active large corporations but also for smaller and medium-sized companies. It does not matter whether the company has to manage 10 or 10,000 trips per year - if only one employee is affected, this can have a lasting negative impact on the organisation.

    In the meantime, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have taken up the topic too. The new ISO 31030 certification, published in September 2021, provides companies with information how to integrate a travel risk management system into their organisation and offers a standardised certification process as well as corresponding framework conditions and principles. As any ISO certification, the process requires a certain effort. However, for companies which are already familiar with the ISO methodology, the certification process should be achievable in an efficient manner.

    With this series of articles, we would like to show you the way to integrate a TRM system along the ISO 31030 standard and complement this with our more than 10 years of experience on the topic of TRM. Over the coming months, we will introduce you to the topic of ISO 31030 in subsequent 6 chapters giving you a comprehensive overview of this new standard.

    The storyline of the 6 topic chapters is as follows:

    Who is Lexxton?

    As a specialist in security and safety, Lexxton has been advising and training national and international companies on the subject of travel risk management for more than 10 years and, in addition to certification support, also offers digital solutions in the area of travel security.

    Introduction to ISO 31030 
    Travel Risk Management (TRM) - ISO 31030 a new standard

    Why the new ISO standard 31030?

    The ISO standard for integrated travel risk management is about protecting the most valuable asset of your organisation: your employees.
    Of course, you could procure and implement any TRM system with its own proprietary approach. However, in view of overall consistency and best practice benchmarks, it is advisable to work along the proven ISO methodology from a content point of view. This way, a subsequent ISO certification is a relatively small step.

    What is it about?

    Managing travel risk is part of any organisation's travel-related activities and should involve interaction with all stakeholders (travellers, supervisors, HR etc.). Travellers, whether at home or abroad, may be confronted with stressful situations with unfamiliar risk profiles.

    Risk management, when travelling to a country where your organisation has no local base, requires more comprehensive controls than in places where risk profiles are well known and measures are already in place. A key success factor is to have timely and accurate information, analysis and advice in order to trigger immediate and effective travel alerts supporting your travellers pragmatically.

    With the implementation of a TRM system according to ISO standard 31030, organisations can demonstrate that travel decisions are based on the organisation's ability to manage risks in a structured way with internal resources or with external support. To a large extent, this process can be automated with digital solutions.

    How much effort does it take to implement a TRM?

    If an organisation is contemplating to implement a TRM, the first step is to conduct an analysis of the organisation's risk profile so that the efforts are proportionate to the risk exposure.

    The introduction of a TRM system can be realised in a very short time based on existing processes and documents. The detailed timeline is subject to the size and complexity of the organisation. Typically, a TRM can be established within 4-8 weeks once the decision to implement a TRM has been taken.

    After the analysis and clarification of the target state, the following 3 steps should be addressed:

    1. Setting up of a Travel (Risk) Policy and process integration: The Travel (Risk) policy sets forth the applicable rules and principles in a clear and systematic manner. The process integration aims at putting these rules into the organisation's daily practice in a pragmatic way.

    2. Evaluating a digital mobility risk platform: Such platforms typcially encompass both situational awareness (what is happening where and where are my employees) as well as communication (alert my employees) functionalities.

    3. Defining and implementing the internal communication and training: Appropriate internal communication and training ensure that the organisation and its employees know the applicable rules as well as the platform as a supporting tool.


    Outlook to Chapter 2:

    Which factors can influence an organisations TRM programme objectives and stakeholders?


  • 2 Mar 2022 20:51 | Anonymous

    CIBT, the leading global provider of visa, immigration, and document services, operating under the CIBTvisas and Newland Chase brands, has announced a partnership with the Association of Swiss Travel Management, ASTM. 

    CIBT has been present in Switzerland for more than a decade providing visa services to many well-known Swiss companies as well as travel management companies and later expanding to include immigration services and document services to the export industry in the country. They currently have offices in Geneva and Berne and a number of on-sites at client locations. 

    During the Covid pandemic, CIBT launched an award-winning Health and Entry Guide to help companies and individuals navigate the complex country-specific entry requirements due to Covid. 

    They have also launched the ImmiSMART portal, a unique solution that helps clients unite business traveler compliance with global mobility program management.  

    We welcome CIBT as a Partner of ASTM and with that also announce that Carsten Ostberg, Managing Director Europe at CIBT will take up a seat at our Industry Circle. 

    Carsten will be present at the upcoming event in Basel and looks forward to meeting as many members as possible.


  • 25 Feb 2022 14:48 | Anonymous


    European Network of Business Travel Associations

    Press Release ‘Foundation’

    European Business Travel Buyers Unite

    24. Feb 2022, Brussels. Thirteen business travel associations from countries across Europe have formed the ‘European Network of Business Travel Associations’ (BT4Europe). The new non-profit association will be headquartered in Brussels. Its 13 founding members have joined forces to give business travel buyers a stronger voice in Europe.

    Millions of Europeans travel on business every year, thousands of jobs have been created and are needed to service business travel. In all European countries business travel on behalf of private corporations, public service and NGOs is vital to our economies and our societies. Up to now the buyers of business travel - companies, public services, NGOs – did not have a unified network to make their demands heard on a European level.

    BT4Europe will build a bridge between its member associations and political decision makers in Europe. On top of its agenda are the recovery of business travel from Covid19 pandemic, changing business travel to make it more sustainable and promoting digital processes within business travel.

    BT4Europe will provide a network for its member associations and a platform for European decision makers to take the demands of business travel buyers into account in their decisions.

    Founding members of BT4Europe are ABTA (Austria), AEGVE (Spain), AITMM (Italy), AFTM (France), ASTM (Switzerland), BATM (Belgium), CORTAS (The Netherlands), DBTA (Denmark), FBTA (Finland), NATM (The Netherlands), NBTA (Norway), SBTA (Sweden) and VDR (Germany). BT4Europe remains open for membership of more associations and other supporting entities.

    “A united force to represent business travel buyers is strongly needed in Europe. For too long has the industry focused on national decision makers while relevant legislation has moved to pan-European levels. BT4Europe will advance the industry and will advance Europe.” says Patrick W. Diemer, newly elected Chair of the European Network of Business Travel Associations.

    “A crisis like the Covid19 pandemic needs a strong and coherent response from all European states. We only keep our economies and societies afloat, if we impose the identical restrictions and identical rules for domestic and cross-border travel.” says Dominic Short, newly elected Board Director of BT4Europe.

    “Too much paperwork makes business travel highly inefficient. We save time, money and contribute to the climate, if we deploy digital processes throughout business travel. Digital business travel needs support from legislation.” says Lotten Fowler, newly elected Board Director of BT4Europe.

     

     

    For more information on the European Network of Business Travel Associations, please contact: mail@BT4Europe.com


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