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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Remember that time that you had a last-minute change to your work schedule and you wound up driving to D.C. instead of flying to San Francisco? Do you know what happened to the ticket? Are you leaving money on the table?
Marriott and Starwood Loyalty Programs are Now Merged
Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood SPG loyalty program are now linked, giving members greater choice and instant status match.
Sign in to link your accounts. Once linked, you can freely transfer points between programs and use points at all 30 brands under the Marriott umbrella.
Remember, Covington can book “members-only” rates for you. You do NOT have to book direct or on their website to get the best rates!
On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security instituted a carry-on electronics ban for travel on non-stop flights coming into the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The United Kingdom quickly instituted a similar ban on inbound flights from six countries.
In January, Covington Meetings & Events managed a corporate event for a client at a Puerto Vallarta resort. Covington meeting professionals Mary Ruffin and Dee Dee White were on site to make sure all event details ran smoothly. Part of the agenda included a Super Bowl party, for which they ordered football-themed décor and balloons. That party created an unexpected opportunity for corporate philanthropy that was a big success.
Covington is proud to partner with Concur in order to bring your company an online solution for your air, car, hotel, and rail bookings. By managing your own travel bookings through Concur, businesses of all sizes can control costs and contain risks. Read more about the advantages of self-booking travel arrangements with Concur.
Seven Useful Tips to Help You Save Money on Business Travel
For many organizations, travel is a vital part of getting the job done. Businesses use travel to source product or make sales, train or incentivize staff, and network with industry peers. But no matter how essential the trip is, uncontrolled business travel costs can outweigh all the benefits gained. Controlling costs is a fundamental necessity, so we have outlined seven useful tips that you can use.
Cell phone calls on U.S. airlines could soon become a reality
Should the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ban wireless voice calls during flight?
Vote anonymously and see your peer’s opinions now.
2017 Business Travel Forecasts by Professional Insiders:
VBTA Annual Travel Industry Panel Discussion
Each year, the Virginia Business Travel Association (VBTA) presents a live discussion on the state of business travel to the membership and guests. In January, a panel of esteemed travel industry professionals responded to a series of questions on the major industry events of 2016 and gave their forecasts of the forces that will shape the industry in 2017. Many insightful observations were made, so Covington Travel would like to share an overview of the conversation with our business travelers. Read the complete review on on our Travel Maestro blog.
New Faces at Covington
A Growing Team Supports Our Corporate Self-Booking Tool
Lindsey Grinnell joined Covington Travel as an Online Booking Specialist for our Concur self-booking tool that is used by Covington’s corporate accounts. If you ever need help with online booking, Lindsey and others are just a phone call away.
Lindsey is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Roanoke College. Her travel industry background includes hospitality and event operations with a major hotel chain. Please join us in extending Lindsey a warm welcome to Covington.
Covington Travelers are Talking – “Exceeding our expectations!”
“We LOVED the Viceroy Zihuatanejo (Mexico)! It is a beautiful and meticulously maintained property. The resort is the perfect size with wonderful amenities, but most of all, the people made this our favorite trip so far. Everyone in the family agreed it was the best trip ever – exceeding our expectations! Read the entire client testimonial.
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 Airport– Singapore’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.
Please call our travel experts at 804-747-7077 if you have any questions.