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Travel. Exciting, thrilling – it can be one of the most enjoyable but also time-consuming aspects of business life.


According to 2014 research by travel technology provider Amadeus,


96 per cent of business travellers in the UK say that they like business trips, or at least do not mind travelling for work. And no wonder - as it’s their trusty PAs at the helm, implementing the necessary arrangements, ensuring each journey is a seamless and enjoyable experience.


Planning business events and travel requires multitasking skills, effective planning and ingenuity in order to negotiate for the best venues and suppliers. If you can do this and keep costs down you’ll be a hit with the boss.


Most PAs book complex travel on numerous occasions throughout the year – 85% of you in fact, according to our latest reader survey.


In a recent survey of more than 1,700 PAs and secretaries, 29% said they undertake


projects for their wider organisation at least weekly, this too involves coordinating big events, booking corporate travel, venues and organising office moves.


The ever-changing nature of business travel reveals that business leaders no longer fancy the frills. We’re entering the age of the new business traveller. No longer are the days when a PA would rent out an entire country estate or book a business-class ticket and pre-order the bubbly, the reality for the majority of business executives is that convenience and cost are their main concerns.


According to research 71 per cent of the UK’s business travellers push to keep costs to a minimum when booking tickets, and 64 per cent rate the convenience of their airport as of prime importance when choosing how to get from A to B.


The findings demonstrated a further shift in business travel with the dwindling importance of traditional loyalty programmes to customers – a mere 6 per cent of corporate travellers pay attention to frequent-flyer schemes when making arrangements.


Flying privately is ever more accessible. Drastic discounting means savvy PAs can


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now arrange a charter for less than the cost of a commercial flight; you just need to know where to look. Each month an estimated 3,000 private jets make more than 40,000 flights with no one but the pilots on board. Worth bearing in mind…


Travel yields a great opportunity to positively impact both your career and personal life. It is a chance for networking, finding inspiration, and securing business deals on the fly - one in five have done business with somebody they encountered on a flight, and six out of ten are more likely to mix business with pleasure on trips than they were five years ago.


So, be it nosing out the right hotel or serviced apartment, a special venue for the year’s most talked-about soirée, booking a reliable chauffer service - ultimately the decision rests with you. Here’s how to do it with aplomb, courtesy of our trusty suppliers.


Welcome… AMELIA WALKER


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