It seemed that remote work was going to cause a drop in business travel, but the truth is that the trend may be the opposite. Companies are contacting other organizations that are not necessarily located in the same country, and borders are blurring when doing business.
Technical positions, less affected
While it is true that the pandemic has greatly affected the business travel sector, it is also true that not all areas have been affected equally. When we think of business travel, a director, CEO or a manager comes to our mind, but the reality is that the executive positions travel more often for work reasons. And this is because, for example, the most technical positions are in charge of the daily functions, such as maintenance, engineering, etc. That is why, for example, in places where there is a greater industrial area, business travel has been maintained (except, of course, in the hardest moments of lockdown).
Flexibility, an upward trend
On the other hand, flexibility has become one of the most upward trends. When planning meetings and business travel, meeting planners have to take into account many factors that can affect the development of plans. And one of the most important reasons is the restrictions that take place due to COVID. And that is not in the hands of anyone but the governments. For this reason, meeting planners ask more and more for flexible rates, because there may be an outbreak and this forces them to cancel everything.
New business opportunities
Although much has been said about the potential negative impact of remote work, the truth is that it has produced many business opportunities. Not only in terms of improving working conditions for many employees, but also at the business level. Working remotely has given the possibility of meeting new companies in different countries, it has internationalized more if the market fits. And this has also affected the labor market, of course.
The value of in-person meetings remains unquestionable. That is why more than ever, we need a tool that helps meeting planners to have all the information updated and available in one place.
The need for a meeting planning app
We know that events and travel planning need to take all kinds of risks into account, and at TROOP we provide the means to not only mitigate those risks, but also minimize the possibility of any negative consequences, whether in time, cost, travel restrictions or any COVID-related aspects.
We take efficiency to the next level in the world of meeting planning, offering data on costs, times, restrictions associated with COVID, as well as carbon footprint data. In this way, decisions are informed and can be made in minutes, instead of days as was the case before.
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