A new report by Travelport and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), confidently predicts that the business travel sector is to grow by 3.7% per year over the next decade, with a particular spike in the business travel market precentage into the Asia-Pacific area set to overtake the Americas.
The report notes a number of factors contributing to this growth. Today, companies are seeking to expand into developing new markets and maximising revenue. Of course, one of the primary factors contributing to this growth is technology. From mobile phone alerts to flight upgrades and accessible information, more and more tech is emerging that supports travellers and travel businesses.
Technology has given us the ability to grow any business to a global level quickly, with remote workers around the world and multi-site operations at our fingertips. Still, despite our digital connectivity, global and multi-site operations, many businesses still require travel to seal the deal.
So after a bit of Internet scouring, here are the top 7 ESSENTIAL business-travel productivity tools that can help you stay connected (when you need to) and on top of things, no matter where you are:
It may be self-evident but really at a push if you were stranded just with this, you could still do most of what you need to do. Your smartphone is probably the most important and essential tool for any business traveller. It is used to tackle all of the basic things to keep projects and communication flowing for the team.
Concur is, legitimately, the one travel/expense system that is a real leader in this space and an absolute lifesaver if you are someone who has problems holding onto receipts. This app allows you to photograph your receipt and upload - so even if you toss the receipt out, all good, the information your office needs is alreay uploaded - no need to cart around receipts while you travel. From Concur's ability to sync with your office for necessary approvals, to the easily exported expense reports, it is understandably the king of business expense management.
With a variety of apps for flights, car rental and hotel booking, Skyscanner makes it easy to compare bookings, find the best price and book in app. It’s great for booking on-the-go when those “unexpected” trips arise. Also a fantastic app to check flight arrival and departure times.
For all those foodies or just to feed your self properly at the end of a long, busy day, this app is a no-brainer. For business lunch and dinner meetings, Yelp with its reviews, menus and address-tracking, ticks lots of boxes.
It’s not often that the business travellers get time to actually sit at a desk in front of a desktop and write content. Evernote is a great app to do either quick note-taking on content ideas, create outlines, or even write more comprehensive and longer content.
6. Google Drive
Many business travellers live and die by Google Drive, as they are able to collaborate, update and review content, without having different draft versions.
For those downtimes while travelling and when there’s no work to be done, or Internet access is an issue, take advantage of these times to relax and unwind, or learn something new. Whether you're on a plane or in a car, travelling is often the time when you can listen to an audiobook or read via a Kindle. This technology provides a whole libray for you to escape, learn, or just relax - give it a go.
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