Smart Travel Is the Best Travel
In this summer of our discontent, it's hard to see any sign of the drastic cuts corporations are making in business travel budgets.In this summer of our discontent, its hard to see any sign of the drastic cuts corporations are making in business travel budgets. The last plane I took met the "very full" standard set by the flight attendants, at one point there was a line 20 minutes long to get into the bathroom, and I noticed the usual number of travelers working on PowerPoint presentations on their PC notebooks. Nevertheless, cuts are being made. If you havent felt it yet, consider this: 77 percent of 180 businesses surveyed are reducing travel in response to the economic slowdown, and 54 percent are reducing the number of meetings and individual travelers. These stats come from the National Business Travel Association, of Alexandria, Va.
I remember when technology was supposed to save us from excess travel, but that future hasnt appeared. Where is videoconferencing today? Where are the software programs designed to create virtual groups and workspaces? Mostly cut from the operating budget.