April 25, 1986 |
For some multinational corporations, the prospect of travel overseas is increasingly being seen as a risky business. The Du Pont Co. has issued an outright ban on business travel by its employees to the Middle East and curtailed all but the most pressing travel to Europe, a company spokeswoman said yesterday. "People may have meetings they can postpone," said Faith Wohl of Du Pont, referring to European trips. "If there is a need, they have to go ahead and do it. " She noted that the company has plants, refineries or laboratories in most European countries.
May 5, 2002 |
Long before Sept. 11, some of the nation's biggest airlines had a problem in its seminal stage: Many of their best customers were beginning to rebel against airfares they considered too high. Today, what started as a trickle has become a flood, with travel managers at companies large and small working every angle they can think of to cut spending on airlines. At a conference of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives here last week, travel managers for hundreds of U.S., Canadian and European companies said such cost-cutting represented a fundamental shift in the way their companies look at travel - a change that for some has cut their spending in half in just two years.
May 24, 2010 |
CHICAGO - Companies that spend millions of dollars a year for international business travel are grappling with a new problem: How exactly do their people plan trips to Europe and throughout the continent when a pesky Icelandic volcano not only makes a mess of airline schedules but could also continue spewing ash into the air for months, years, or even centuries? No topic prompted more discussion than "the volcano" at the annual education conference of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives here last week.
May 17, 1998 |
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania officials spent thousands of dollars here last week trying to please people like the leader of a motorcycle gang that may want to roar around the southeastern part of the state riding Harley Davidsons. The difference between this gang and the Hells Angels, however, is vast. This gang is a group of about 10 senior managers of Deutsche Bank, one of Europe's largest financial institutions. Its members are aged 30 to 50, and their leader is vice president Christoph Speir, a bank travel manager.
July 19, 2009 |
Who knows what the home of Stanley and Kathy Warchol would look like if it hadn't been for his job? For 36 years, while he traveled for an international electronics company, Stanley Warchol collected art, vases, figurines, and more from throughout Asia and Europe and brought them home to his Tudor-style stone house in Northeast Philadelphia. Those purchases are in evidence everywhere. Above the fireplace hang four pictures from Shanghai, each of the same Chinese village, but in different seasons.
May 12, 2003 |
New radio ads next month will try to lure tourists here to meet Ben Franklin. But, in fact, there might be less of Ben Franklin to see, with city budget cuts likely leaving fewer colonial actors walking through Philadelphia's historic streets. Whether it's such belt-tightening, SARS scares, or lingering war and terrorism, marketing to tourists these days is a muddy business. Even though Philadelphia has weathered the travel slump better than other cities, concern is growing here about the summer travel season, usually one of the busiest.
October 1, 2003 |
To some airlines, what frequent business travelers want most are convenient schedules, no waiting in line to get on a plane, and a comfy seat up front in first class. Once the economy fully rebounds this fall or winter, the airlines' thinking goes, the cost of a ticket will be secondary to good service and the chance to earn lots of frequent-flier miles. Business for most airlines improved this summer because of healthy demand for vacation travel, leading some industry officials to believe that businesspeople - the carriers' bread and butter - will also be returning soon.
April 23, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
March 7, 2016
Good riddance to the decades when leather-and-brass briefcases were the hallmark of chic business travel. Legions of their bearers did not find their classy looks worth their (substantial) weight in gold. Thank goodness for high-end manufacturers who mercifully mine the realms of tastefully wrought polyester and other lightweight synthetics to create stylishly functional business bags. Take the new 2.2-pound Booq Saddle Carbon Business Brief. The sleekly tapered, meticulously tailored polyester shoulder bag is spacious enough to accommodate a 15.6-inch laptop in its own padded compartment, with several books, file folders, electronic devices, a water bottle, coffee mug, and other accessories in an efficiently organized array of zippered, slip, and mesh pockets - some with designated duties.
March 16, 2013 |
A business travel industry group on Friday urged the Transportation Security Administration to delay implementation of a new policy allowing passengers to carry knives onboard passenger aircraft. The Global Business Travel Association, whose 5,000 members manage more than $340 billion in business travel and meetings expenditures annually, said the new knife policy "raises significant safety concerns for business travelers who make nearly 40 million business trips each month. " The TSA policy shift to allow some small knives and other objects on flights is also opposed by pilot and flight-attendant groups.