Awaken your soul to the wonder of Antarctica with one of Silversea’s Antarctic cruises. Admire the staggering abundance of wildlife. Meet the personal challenge of reaching the earth’s last great wilderness frontier. You’ll cruise across seas of glass, passing giant prisms of ice riding an ink-blue sea. And you’ll share the landscape with bellowing elephant seals and raucous rookeries of penguins, unafraid and unperturbed by your presence. [Read more…] about SILVERSEA EXPEDITION CRUISING
Tauck explore Europe’s great waterways from the Rhine and the Danube to the French Rivers, Rhône and Seine. The custom-designed riverboats of Tauck’s Destination Fleet are spacious and comfortable, welcoming you to an onboard experience characterised by the Tauck Difference – all-inclusive river cruises featuring personalised cruising enhanced by those “little Tauck touches.” [Read more…] about TAUCK RIVER CRUISES
Any cruise ship lets you see the world. Windstar brings it close enough so you can fully live it, see, hear, smell, taste and feel what it’s like to sail on a lovely ship into a small port. These elegant, 148 – 310-guest cruise ships open up captivating new worlds and leave indelible, lifetime memories. Windstar’s small cruise ships and personalised approach bring you closer to each destination and every port, so you can see the world from new perspectives. Share intimate moments away from the crowds, and immerse yourself in local, exotic cultures, all on a cruise ship where surprise and delight are constant companions.
ABOARD EVERY WINDSTAR CRUISE YOU WILL ENJOY
• Champagne welcome reception
• Signature Sail Away to Vangelis’ “1492 Conquest of Paradise”
• Windstar’s Signature Onboard Barbecue and the beloved crew show*
• Local performances onboard**
• Learning how to sail with the Captain or officers on our Open Bridge
• Ocean views from all beautifully appointed staterooms or suites
• Cooking demonstrations powered by the James Beard Foundation and recipes by James Beard Foundation chefs
• All meals, in all venues, including 24-hour room service
• All non-alcoholic beverages, including specialty tea and coffee drinks
• Market tours with the chef to select seasonal local ingredients for upcoming meals (in most regions)
• Watersports Platform, including all watersports equipment featuring complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, water trampoline and more*
* Dependent on port and weather conditions. Watersports equipment is not available in Alaska. Only Signature Expeditions will operate from the Watersports Platform when in Alaska.
You will find that travelling with Oceania Cruises is truly one of the world’s most outstanding values. Indeed, you’ll find so many important and valuable extras are offered at no additional charge. Value of this sort, while rare, is the distinguishing characteristic of Oceania Cruises. [Read more…] about OCEANIA CRUISES
Justine Martin, Head of Account Management, MP Travel Group
These are the minimum standards you should expect from an Account Manager of a reputable Travel Management Company:
- The formulation of a Business Plan based on your key objectives and goals. Your Account Manager should gain a thorough understanding of your business, build a strong relationship and develop a customised programme.
- Develop and execute a detailed Implementation Plan. This is updated regularly during the implementation process.
- Provide input to tighten your travel policy for maximum compliance.
- Tailor your dashboards and reporting via real-time business intelligence (BI) data. This ensures the focus is always on your strategic direction.
- Provide frequent analytical input & unbiased advice on every aspect of your programme. The most lucrative savings targets and benchmarks will be identified.
- Assist in changing traveller behaviour (with sound BI data to support the change).
- Regular travel review meetings.
- Supplier negotiation & continual process improvement suggestions.
- Updates including the latest travel trends and technology enhancements.
The New Travel Risks in the Age of Airbnb
An article posted by International SOS, the world’s largest medical and travel security services firm, draws attention to the risks and legal implications of using the shared economy for businesses and their travellers:
With shared economy providers now offering dedicated business travel solutions that integrate with applications such as expense reporting and traveller tracking, more organisations are willing to give such services a chance.
However, using shared economy services such as Grab and Airbnb for business travel creates new risks for employers that need to be addressed and managed.
International SOS released a report indicating that as many as 75% of organisations do not have clear policies or procedures for staff using these services for business travel. Many employees don’t even know whether their organisations believe them to be “safe”.
It has been suggested to look into the following considerations before subscribing to shared economy services:
For accomodation services:
- Security standards
- Emergency response – alternative power or telecommunications systems
- Support services – medical assistance or multilingual staff
- Formal vetting of drivers and hosts of transportation and accomodation services
- Reputation of shared economy service provider
For transportation services:
- Travel policies for local and international travel and if there are specific amendments to either enable or restrict ride-sharing, depending on the destination and its risk profile.
- Availability of transport services alternative to ride-sharing
In travel risk management, there is no one policy, procedure, or solution that covers all travel situations, but the company must always meet their Duty of Care to their travelling employees.
In a gist, ISOS recommends that companies review their organisation travel policies to address the use or restriction of shared economy services. Developed policies should consider the traveller profile of the employee and the risk profile of the destination. Guidelines must be well communicated to all staff.
Paying for your business travel via a business travel account through one of the credit card companies such as American Express or Mastercard, offers a multitude of benefits including:
- Improved cash flow with up to 55 calendar days interest free credit terms
- Enhanced visibility for maximum control over expenses
- Consolidated statements with enriched data with your own specifically defined reference fields (for example cost centre numbers)
- Easy and effective monitoring of employees’ travel expenses
- Complimentary business travel accident insurance cover (Amex/BTA)
- One statement or file with detailed transactions data removes the need to process multiple invoices
- Eliminates multiple employee reimbursements and cash advances to cover the cost of air travel
- Streamlined reconciliation options to match your existing processes
- Access statements monthly online in PDF and flexible Microsoft Excel formats – to filter, sort and manipulate data for improved analysis and simpler reconciliation
- Automatically integrates spend data into your T&E and GL/ERP systems, like Concur, SAP & Oracle
- Prevents TMCs from including additional mark-ups (as long as the airline is the merchant)
- You can pay for your hotels by Virtual Cards, the most secure method of paying for hotels.
Before you travel, contact your card provider and let them know where you’re going and establish more security with your travel transactions. To optimise your budget and for travel expense management, contact MP Travel today.
For any purpose of travelling, whether it be for business or leisure, safety should always be a prime concern.
International SOS, the world’s largest medical and travel security services firm, advises travellers to consider the following when travelling:
- Avoid restaurants and bars situated near the lobby
- Don’t talk publicly about where you are staying
- Ask for another room number if the room number is announced at check-in
- Do not mention the room number when in the hotel or outside
- Check that doors have double locks and they work before unpacking
- Carry a device such as a door jam or an alarmed doorstop in case the hotel doesn’t have two locks
- Put something noisy behind the door in case it is opened
- Put out the “do not disturb” sign
- Check any other room access for example balconies, adjoining rooms
- Check the telephone works
- Leave the TV on when going out
- Check the spy hole before opening the door
- Do not write the room number in the open book on the desk in the spa/gym
Grounds transportation security:
- Always use a vehicle that is traceable
- Do not get into a vehicle until you’ve confirmed that it is yours
- Be aware of the model/make of the vehicle, the licence plate and name of the driver.
- If it’s not readily available, reconfirm the driver details by calling the operator’s helpline
- Always sit in the back and wear a seat belt
- Firmly reject any attempt by the driver to pick up more passengers or acquaintances
- If you feel uneasy with the driving, the route or the driver, instruct the driver to stop at the first secure or busy place
- Do not discuss personal details or be over-familiar with your driver
A business travel management plan is your best shot for safety. For the highest level of luxury and corporate travel management services with excellent customer care, contact MP Travel today.
Have your company or your employees enjoy travel upgrades and more with Qantas Business Rewards. Earn redeemable and transferable points for your business, on top of your employee’s Qantas Frequent Flyer points when they fly with Qantas or with their business expenses with Qantas partners.
Your staff and contractors earn Qantas Points and Status Credits as Qantas Frequent Flyer members. By adding their Qantas Frequent Flyer numbers and the business’ ABN into bookings, your business earns Qantas Points from eligible flights on top of the flyers’ Qantas Points.
Earn twice from your first flight – Once for the traveller. Once for the business. The more you fly, the more your business could earn and save.
No minimum spend required. You can earn points right away.
See full Terms and Conditions here.
For corporate travel management solutions , luxury, sports, group and events travel services, contact our team at MP Travel .
Disclaimer: MP Travel neither provides nor assists with Qantas Business Rewards Program. (For confirmation)
Enjoy These Benefits with a Travel Service Provider
- Security & Support. Organisations have a responsibility and duty of care to know where their staff are at all times to minimise risk. With the changing landscape of world events, weather patterns and possible disruptions to services, it is critical to have a travel management provider who has a well-managed emergency response plan and tools to identify where staff are and assist in evacuation.
- Time. Booking directly through multiple sources (airlines/hotels/car hire) takes time, whether you’re doing it yourself or using another staff member, it’s going to cost you in time. Sure, some staff like doing it but it’s an expensive use of their time.
- Supplier Deals. The market is continually changing – years ago you needed to spend $1m on travel but in today’s market, you can secure a deal for substantially less. Without knowing this and without tracking your spend, you’re costing the company in missed savings. Not to mention a good agent’s ability to benchmark against others with similar spends and deals.
- Control Mechanisms for Compliance. With no mechanisms in place for policy compliance there is no way to avoid over- inflated travel expenses. It is far better to enforce compliance before you staff have even left the building.
- Management of Unused Tickets. Travellers and travel bookers are notorious for mismanaging unused credits. You cancel a trip at the last minute and end up relying on pieces of paper or spreadsheets. Tickets often expire and can cost the company thousands. Good travel consultants manage these through their online booking tools, reporting or internal systems.