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Structuring a Managed Travel Program
Covid-19 Update: Program Structures Will Change—Some Permanent, Some Not
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July 27, 2020 via Business Travel News

Even as borders begin to reopen in Asia and Europe, the threat of Covid-19 remains, and the U.S. and Latin America continue to struggle with spiking infection rates. In this environment, companies are considering whether and how to manage their return to travel.

With CEOs awaiting recommendations, travel managers need to work with HR, legal and risk management departments to determine the liabilities of resuming travel, whether and how long trip approval requirements should be in place, how to access government regulations around travel, how to improve communication with travelers and what processes a program needs to take to reduce corporate liability while ensuring traveler safety.

Even as companies grapple with the financial impact of Covid-19, duty of care has ousted cost control as the primary program driver. As companies source suppliers and drive bookings to preferred partners, they are looking for control—in supplier hygiene standards, social distancing policies and personal protection protocols such as mask requirements—to meet their new duty of care standards. Ensuring travelers access the proper resources may change program structure.

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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Deaths Continue To Climb

July 5, 2020 via Global Guardian

California, Florida, Arizona and South Carolina are seeing significant declines in daily average cases from two weeks prior, but daily deaths continue to rise.
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Corporate Travelers Expect Companies To Implement Health And Safety Measures As Travel Resumes

July 29, 2020 via Phocus Wire

On a positive note, research from travel and expense tech provider SAP Concur shows that overall, 59% of business travelers have a positive sentiment about their next business trip, once COVID-19 restrictions lift. However, 39% say they are worried about the return to travel, and 30% express anxiety about it.
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Are You Data-Ready for Duty of Care?

July 23, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

A truly comprehensive risk management solution requires definitive, timely, actionable detail on each and every travel segment of each and every business trip.
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Confronting Misinformation During COVID-19
August 6, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

The Coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by an unprecedented ‘infodemic’, according to the World Health Organisation.

The huge volume of misinformation covers the causes of the virus, conspiracies around the actions of public bodies and unverified treatments and preventative measures.

This onslaught of inaccurate information began relatively early on. A survey by the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, found that within the first week of the ‘stay at home’ measures announced in the UK in March, 46% people encountered false or misleading information. Within this group, 66% reported that they were seeing COVID-19 misinformation at least once a day.
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