Tag - travel

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The Gamification of Business Travel
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Amazing Packing Tips for Meeting Planners
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Apps for Meeting Planners – Lounge Buddy
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Americans the Worst Tourists? Not Really
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State Department Egypt Warning -

The Gamification of Business Travel

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As a meeting planner I am always amazed at how many of my client’s employees book business travel outside of their corporate system. There are many reasons why they don’t. They get better deals elsewhere, they want the miles, they want better times, they like thinking that they are better at travel than anyone else… the list goes on and on. Everyone has a story, everyone has an excuse.

When people color outside of the lines, the meeting and event planner is the one to feel the pain because now we are chasing data we need for our program to be successful, especially when that program requires the event be responsible for the attendee from end to end. We are now hunting for  airline info, arrival info, departure info, and in some extreme cases, even hotel stay info. Crazy? Yes. Happens often? More often than you would think.

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Amazing Packing Tips for Meeting Planners

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Meeting planners are awesome travelers and sometimes, even our awesome surprises me. I used to have this client that could pack for 3 months of Arctic travel in a rollaboard with room left over for a parachute, a chainsaw, and a motorcycle…. but not all of us can be Karen…. Read More

Apps for Meeting Planners – Lounge Buddy

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OK, I am not here to say that meeting planners and event professionals are extra special people, that we are a special breed….. Oh who the heck am I kidding, we are amazing people.  Read More

Americans the Worst Tourists? Not Really

Are Americans the Worst Tourists

So, a report came out yesterday and lists American’s as the worst tourists in the world.

Produced by LivingSocial and Mandala Research, the survey polled some 5,600 respondents from five countries and it is basically a load of crap. No country has the worst tourists in the world. I would venture to say that there are idiots from every country on the globe…. every single one.

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State Department Egypt Warning -

Here is the info in its entirety because information like this should be shared and I know that there are meeting and event professionals in the region (Good Luck and Godspeed, get home safely and keep your heads down):

Everyone there should take note, even a enthusiastic group of people can turn violent at a moments notice so I would do my best to avoid crowds at all costs so as not to get caught in the middle… do not do the American thing and whip out your camera to get a few pics….

Egypt

January 30, 2011

  • Update – January 31 Curfew hours are 3 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political and social unrest. On January 30, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees. Violent demonstrations have occurred in several areas of Cairo, Alexandria and other parts of the country, disrupting road travel between city centers and airports. Disruptions in communications, including internet service, may occur. The Government of Egypt has imposed a curfew from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez until further notice, and U.S. citizens should obey curfew orders and remain indoors during curfew hours. U.S. citizens currently in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so. Cairo airport is open and operating, but flights may be disrupted and transport to the airport may be disrupted due to the protests. Travelers should remain in contact with their airlines or tour operators concerning flight schedules, and arrange to arrive at the airport well before curfew hours.

In the event of demonstrations, U.S. citizens in Egypt should remain in their residences or hotels until the situation stabilizes. Security forces may block off the area around the U.S. Embassy during demonstrations, and U.S. citizens should not attempt to come to the U.S. Embassy or the Tahrir Square area at such times. The U. S. Embassy is open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only until further notice. As always, any change to Embassy hours will be posted on the Embassy website. U.S. citizens in Egypt who require assistance, or those who are concerned that their U.S. citizen loved one in Egypt may require assistance, should contact the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo atEgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov, or at 1-202-501-4444. Please follow the directions on the Embassy website for all other consular inquiries.

Demonstrations have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in injuries and extensive property damage. While demonstrations have not been directed toward Westerners, U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. If caught unexpectedly near a demonstration, U.S. citizens should obey instructions from police and leave the area as quickly as possible. U.S. citizens resident in Egypt should monitor local news broadcasts and U.S. citizen visitors should ask tour guides and hotel officials about any planned demonstrations in the locations they plan to visit. U.S. citizens should carry identification and a cell phone which works in Egypt.

U.S. citizens in Egypt are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in Egypt may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Egypt, as well as the Worldwide Caution.

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