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Return to Business Travel & Restarting Permissible Travel in 2021

Restarting permissible travel for business travellers

2 min
Posted: 19 April 2021
Business Travel Return

Last year, after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the business travel industry and corporate travel programmes went through unprecedented changes.

However, with COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, and growing optimism for increased levels of business travel, Travel Managers can now make the final preparations for their company’s return to travel.

New challenges

With monumental changes to air travel, hotel stays and car rentals, travel managers face new obstacles when planning budgets, setting corporate travel policies and preparing their business travellers to return to the road. Travel managers now need to evaluate when and where they want to restart face-to-face meetings.

One shift travel managers can focus on is a new emphasis on the value a business trip brings to the overall business strategy. Travel managers should also connect with their chief executives, corporate travellers and suppliers now to help define short-term and long-term business travel plans.

Festive Road offers a permissible travel framework to evaluate an organisation’s overall readiness to travel based on corporate, individual and government regulations.

Join the webinar

With this webinar you’ll learn important tips for when speaking with chief executives on which types of in-person meetings add the most value to the organisation. It also discusses how corporate travel managers can adopt a permissible travel approval framework.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to define and identify permissible travel across your business to establish organisational, individual and government readiness to resume business travel.
  • How to optimise travel to engage across the organisation and move corporate travel from being considered a cost item to adding great value - increasing visibility and value for the corporate travel programme
  • How dynamic approvals, updated corporate travel policies and effective traveller communications can best operationalise permissible travel within your organisation


Mike Orchard, Principal Consultant at Festive Road

Caitlin Deegan, Sr. Director of Product Strategy at Egencia

Interested in learning more? View the whitepaper on restarting permissible travel for business travellers.

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