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Covington Connection

The Covington Connection, our monthly Newsletter, provides timely industry news briefs, travel tips and trends relating to business travel, corporate meetings, events and incentive trips. Destinations, hotels, agent and client testimonials are also featured.

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December 2017 Issue

2018 Business Travel Forecast 

While it’s challenging to calculate travel expenditures in advance, an understanding of the global economic factors at play and cost expectations for the next year help project a realistic travel budget.

To assist with planning your travel budget, here is an overview of the 2018 business travel forecast for the three major categories of air, hotel, and ground transportation, as predicted by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

Continue reading on the Travel Maestro blog for an overview of 2018 cost projections for air, hotel, and ground transportation.

 

Bidding a Fond Farewell

Anita Nelson, Meetings Manager

Anita Nelson, Meetings Manager is retiring after 38 years of service.

It’s said all good things must come to an end. After 38 years at Covington, Anita Nelson has earned the milestone of retirement. During her tenure as manager of Covington Meetings & Events, Anita oversaw the growth of our meetings division from infancy to the robust and creative department that it is today.

Under her leadership, hundreds of corporate events have been executed to exacting standards, and thousands of business travelers have learned, networked, and celebrated. Please join us in wishing Anita a fond farewell and safe travels in her retirement.

Concur Tip of the Month

Are you flying into or out of a multi-airport city like Washington, DC; Los Angeles, Chicago or New York?

In order to see schedule and fare options from all airports in an area, choose “area airport” when entering search parameters.

After your results are returned, you can easily narrow down the options by unchecking those you don’t want to see. The results will refresh immediately

 

How does TravelPort Benefit your Travel Program?Travelport

  • Covington utilizes the Travelport booking technology that allows our agents to connect seamlessly to find the best rates fast. It offers advancements such as a gooey interface that gives our agents tremendous efficiency and intelligent rate displays so that we can immediately compare negotiated, consortium, and corporate rates.
  • In October, Stefanie Cox, a Covington Operations Manager, attended the Travelport Hospitality Summit. As a member of an expert panel, she shared Covington’s perspective on technology challenges with travel industry colleagues.

Concur Tip of the Month

Concur, Online Booking Tool

  • Do you arrange travel for others? Make sure you are using the Travel Arranger View when using Concur.
  • From the Travel tab, click “Arrangers.” This will give you convenient access to all your travelers on the same page (through the “I’m Assisting” option). You can also find out which of your travelers is due to travel within a specified time period (via “Upcoming Travelers”). Try it out!

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Featured Destinations

Dubai – Whether you visit for work or play, Dubai will make you reconsider any preconceived perceptions of this desert oasis.

Berlin – Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has reinvented itself as a political, business and entertainment center with a unique and diverse character along with a mix of culture and counterculture.

St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri, known as the Gateway to the West, has a unique charm characterized by pioneer spirit and ragtime blues. Enough history has been preserved to give the city a real sense of place, yet it perpetuates its pioneer spirit through high-tech industries.

Singapore, Changi AirportSingapore’s Changi Airport is a marvel of efficiency and technology, providing a world-class visitor experience and confirmed many times over the most awarded “Best Airport.

Johannesburg, South Africa-Johannesburg, often affectionately called Jo’burg or Jozi, is the economic powerhouse and holds an important place in the heart of modern South Africa for its role in the demise of apartheid.

Charlottesville, Virginia – Nestled in the rolling hills at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is steeped in early-American history, enjoys a rich arts and entertainment scene, and is surrounded by orchards and vineyards.

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