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February 12, 2009

The Austere Business Traveler

Filed under: Business Travel,technology — Chris @ 12:43 am

The Economist Intelligence Unit just released an extremely interesting new study on the state of business strechdollartravel and it’s not hard to guess the findings. Business travel is going to get a lot more “austere.” (Sounds so much better than “cheap,” doesn’t it?) Anything that hints of excess is out…way out. As a result, the new focus of business travel is going to be more about productivity and efficiency and less about comfort or status. We’ll be taking fewer, shorter trips. We’ll be downgrading hotel tiers, but sticking with trusted brands when we do so. We’ll demand tools like high-speed internet that make us more productive in our rooms and we’ll use the hotel minibar, gym or business center less and less.  Don’t even think about flying business or first class.  And get used to new “collaborative technologies” like Webex and Telepresence when it comes to internal facing meetings. Get ready, folks…time to embrace a new era of simplicity and self-service when it comes to biz trips.



  1. Interesting that you chose to link to Cisco for TelePresence. There are actually many firms that make high-def systems for teleconferencing, such as HP and Tandberg.

    Comment by Manny Options — February 12, 2009 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback! There are a few other companies that offer it, but Cisco seems to own the word “TelePresence” and appears to me as the most visible proponent of the technology. If you’d like to add links to other companies here in comments, please do!

    Comment by Chris — February 12, 2009 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

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