Preparing for the Return to Business Travel
Portions of the world are rapidly moving towards reopening following a prolonged “shutdown” due to Covid-19. As of May 17th the UK opened borders on a traffic light system. Spain will reopen to the EU and UK on June 21st. France has opened its border to EU citizens and plans to open borders to non-EU vaccinated/neg tested tourists on June 9th. In the US President Biden has set an ambitious goal of 70% of US adults receiving at least one shot by July 4th. We’re already starting to see the effects of vaccine rollouts in individuals’ increased comfortability with air travel. A record 1.7 million individuals were screened at US airports on Mothers Day, the highest number since March 12, 2020. It’s likely that this air travel trend will continue in the US and Europe as more countries are able to vaccinate significant portions of their populations.
So what does this pickup in travel mean for organizations who have largely put business travel on hold for the time being? Join Donna Lehman, Vice President of Program Management at BCD Travel, and Nishant Mittal, SVP of Business Travel Solutions at Topia, as they dive into the considerations and trends impacting the return to pre-pandemic-like business travel. Our panel will explore:
- Duty of care considerations for business travel
- Potential policy changes and communication strategies
- Preparing for a potential spike in compliance audits
- Navigating new rules and regulations that have gone into effect since Covid began