At the Bt Show held in London in 2018, Jo Lloyd from Nina & Pinta moderated a panel discussion on travel policy. Simply put, lengthy, old-school “thou shall not” travel policy documents no longer cut it in Europe in 2018. New thinking empowers travellers while keeping all-important controls ticking quietly in the background. In this session, the panel […]

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Much is made of Africa’s economic potential. In academic journals and on the business pages of broadsheet newspapers, analysts and experts habitually detail opportunities for investment and growth. And while they are, for the most part, correct in their analyses, there is, for reasons known to us all, a permanent air of uncertainty surrounding just […]

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Amidst the current furore around agency marks-ups of airline tickets, I think this would be an opportune moment to depart from my normal position of promoting procurement excellence to express astonishment and bemusement at the sometimes illogical and indefensible behavior of my Procurement brethren. To those who have been living under a rock, a number […]

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A few years ago, on his maiden tour, Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges made an amusing observation about a portmanteau word that had recently entered the contemporary British lexicon. “Chillax,” he says. “They’ve combined chill and relax to create the most annoying word in the English language.”  Bromance and sexting are other examples likely to frustrate […]

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Nina & Pinta has formed a new partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB). The new partnership follows an initial seminar designed to address one of the largest challenges facing the industry today; the adoption of the sharing economy within managed corporate travel programmes. The session was attended by MA International Tourism Business Administration students from […]

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Rolling out a global air travel policy is no mean feat. It is a complex, multi-layered exercise. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Making it relevant to travellers in each marketplace should be the goal. Getting it right requires research and planning. It involves climbing down from a perceived Ivory Tower at company HQ and getting out […]

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In 2013, a North American division of T-Systems International made a brave decision. The company, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, rewrote its travel policy. All workers, no matter their seniority, were told to fly in economy class. The C-suite previously enjoyed the luxuries of business class, or better, on long haul. To say they were […]

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