Don’t let uncertainty be a certainty.

Greetings! And welcome back to ACTEChatter. Let’s not sugar coat it – 2016 has been a tumultuous year for globalisation, politics, economics and business. Populist-driven changes in the UK, Europe and most recently in the USA have had all forms of media, office chatter and pub talk in a constant stream of debate and dialogue…

Why flying for business doesn’t always mean what airlines think it means.

Greetings, and welcome back to ACTEChatter. Business schools and consulting firms for years have taught and espoused the virtues of ensuring that leaders surround themselves with people who don’t just tell them what to hear. That doesn’t mean that sycophants still don’t find a place at the executive boardroom from time to time, however I’ve…

What’s all this technology talk “a-bot” and what does it mean for corporate travel?

Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to ACTEChatter. If you’re an avid follower of all things travel and technology as I am, the trade and IT press of late has been breathless in their coverage around how some very futuristic sounding, yet actually “here now” technology will impact the travel industry. Specifically, around artificial intelligence, virtualisation,…

The importance of people, NOT filling big shoes, and trail blazing.

Greetings, and welcome back to ACTEChatter. As an ACTE member for over 15 years, I’ve seen countless people come in and out of our great association as buyers, suppliers, volunteers, staff, consultants, and so forth. There are numerous reasons why all these people came to ACTE – career growth, networking, education, broadening horizons, having fun – the…

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier…Technologist? Tomorrow’s Travel Manager must do it all.

Greetings! Welcome back to ACTEChatter. Many travel managers that have been attending ACTE events around the world over the past couple of years have said that one of the most challenging elements of their roles these days is the need to understand, evaluate and implement technically-oriented elements of their travel program. When we talk about…

100 years of business travel

Greetings! Welcome back to ACTEChatter. The corporate travel industry has a long and storied history. From helping economic migrants book steamship travel to America to chase their dreams, to jetting businesspeople around the globe helping close deals from Sydney to Seattle to Shanghai, business travel has been an enormous engine to the global economy. 2015…