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50 BUSINESS TRAVEL File: 223088-2-17LBM Travel Counsellors Ad size: A4 1/4P (90mm wide x 130mm high) MAKE BUSINESS TRAVEL EFFORTLESS AGAIN Our ethos has always been to put relationships back at the heart of travel. By taking the time to get to know what matters to your company, it’s possible to create a business travel package which ticks every box. • Flexible working hours to suit your business • Top 20 Travel Management Company • Offices in 7 countries worldwide • 24/7 service for peace of mind • 24 years, average travel consultant experience • Concierge Service for all of your travellers We make it easier for you to take care of your business, because we go further to take care of you. Visit us at Stand No. GTMC 7 Business Travel Show, 22 - 23 February 2017, Olympia, London Business travel made effortless IN A FAST-PACED global market, corporate travel can be challenging. Complex booking itineraries, multiple employees off-site at any given time, and last-minute changes to business meetings impact both resources and costs. One of the most effective ways to manage corporate travel? A Travel Management Company (TMC). With a TMC dealing with your account management, including travel programme optimisation, data analysis and compliance management, you know where your employees are, and what your corporate travel costs are. Travel Counsellors know how important business travel is to your company and that’s why you’ll have your own dedicated personal travel assistant; one point of contact for all of your business travel requirements. Wherever in the world your team need to be, your Business Travel Counsellor will get your employees there. Visibility of your company’s travel arrangements, spend tracking, crisis management and a 24/7 service are included in the service you can expect from your Business Travel Counsellor, and as your personal travel assistant, they’ll also learn the individual needs of every one of your travellers. From preferred seating on the plane to special dietary requirements in the hotel restaurant, it’s all part of the personal service provided by Travel Counsellors. Voted a Top 20 Travel Management Company, we have over 1,500 Travel Counsellors and offices in seven countries. We use sophisticated global travel technology which allows you to take a more strategic approach to corporate travel, so you stay in the loop and your business travel is made effortless. i Visit us at Stand No. GTMC 7 Business Travel Show, 22 - 23 February 2017, Olympia, London 223088-2-17LBM Travel Counsellors.indd 1 16/01/2017 11:06 issue and two years ago the UK Government established an Airports Commission to recommend how to the keep the UK as an aviation hub. In December, the Commission began a three month public consultation, creating an opportunity for business to have their say. After an overwhelming show of support from Chambers across the country, that consultation is now closed, a final recommendation is due just after the next general election and Heathrow is ready to increase the UK’s air capacity and build on the success of the last fifty years. The Airports Commission has confirmed that only Heathrow can connect all of Britain to global growth, delivering up to £211bn to the British economy and up to 180,000 jobs while reducing noise for local residents compared to today thanks to improved aircraft technology. Britain is in a global race to win more business from the new and emerging megacities of the world than our European rivals. The big questions are who can build the strongest exports? Who can attract the most inward investment? Who can attract the most tourists? There is huge demand from overseas airlines to offer a daily direct service to Heathrow. But if airlines can’t fly here, they opt instead to “hub” from Paris, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. Only last month the Chief Executive of Japan’s All Nippon Airways announced his airline would look at expanding routes through Germany rather than the UK, if congestion at Heathrow is not resolved. He is not alone - I heard the same message from airlines on a recent trip to China and Korea. The consequence is that to get to those growth markets, we will increasingly have to go through France or Germany. France, Germany, the Netherlands and the Middle East want the economic growth that could be Britain’s. By adding one new runway at Heathrow, we will have more capacity than Paris, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. An old Chinese proverb says “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today”. We need to seize this opportunity to keep Britain at the heart of the global economy for future generations and allow London to remain the great megacity of Europe. Each of us needs to write to the Commission by February 3rd to express our support for Heathrow and build momentum with politicians to make the right decision for Britain after the election - to expand Heathrow, and connect all of Britain to global growth. Continued from p48 Click/tap for more info


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