Managing corporate travel and entertainment expenses can be a big challenge for the frontline individuals. Sophisticated tools like automated expense management, commercial card programs or online booking portals can only deliver if they are used effectively. So, what does it take to overcome this challenge?

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We all love traveling and seeing new places, but there's one part of travel that many of us don't love: flying. For some, flying is simply a hassle, thanks to high fares, airport delays and lost luggage. But for other travelers, flying is more than inconvenient; it's terrifying. So what can you do? UNIGLOBE experts talk about a few tips to over come the fear of flying.

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Online Check-In And Advanced Airport Kiosks Online check-in isn't just a modest improvement in the way we travel; for some fliers, "it's nothing less than brilliant" of not having to queue up at the airport, you can now check in from your personal computer, print out a boarding pass and breeze past the waiting throng to the gate (stopping first, of course, to remove your shoes at security).

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Here are a few tips for business travelers on how to keep the costs of their business trips to a minimum. The costs associated with business travel can add up quickly, especially in a situation where travel is an unavoidable and frequent part of doing business, and these expenses can put a great deal of strain on a tight small business budget.

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It could be the one beside the parent with the colicky baby, or in front of the toddler who enjoys kicking your seatback. It could be the one between two families both travelling with overexcited pre-schoolers, or the one near the sleepy newborn who suddenly wakes up with a vengeance. Wherever your seat is located, and for whatever reason, you know the instant you sit down that it’s not your lucky day.

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In these cost-conscious times, more and more airlines are offering extra legroom at a price. Finding one's knees pressed up against the seat in front of you, while sitting hunched over a laptop that barely fits on the fold-down table, is a familiar scenario for the frequent flyer downgraded to cattle class.

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The iPad is an almost perfect travel computer. It's easy to carry, works as a guide, a map, a book and it's crazy-long battery life will let you sit back and watch another movie while your laptop-toting companions search for a power outlet. But as convenient as it is, a little preparation will make things even smoother. Here are some things you should do before you leave the house.

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Making a business trip success involves a number of factors, including ensuring you are well-rested and on your game, protecting and transporting your belongings safely, keeping up with work and office events during your absence, and making every part of your business trip efficient and cost-effective.

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The business world continues to move forward regardless of holidays and other special events. Business meetings, corporate retreats and events, and trade shows all can take place over holidays or special days a family celebrates. While it might not be ideal to travel during a special occasion or holiday, there are some ways to make it less of an inconvenience.

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Easy Maneuverability, Samsonite 19-inch Wheeled Computer Backpack
Easy Maneuverability, Samsonite 19-inch Wheeled Computer Backpack

If you are looking for a wheeled computer backpack, this is for you!

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Enterprises with a Travel budget of Rs. 10 Lac to Rs. 1 Crore require special expertise from a person who understands your company's unique travel patterns, needs and cost parameters. The Internet revolution, combined with low-cost carriers and budget hotels, has certainly changed the way in which enterprises view their travel.

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For many business travellers it can become a routine: there's an hour to kill at the airport, andbefore heading to the lounge you use up some of your exchanged money by last-minute shopping for gifts or a bottle of whisky. The term duty free is ubiquitous in the travellers' world, but do we really know how much we have saved?

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Almost every airline has either their own loyalty program or belongs to an alliance of airlines. Travelers should ask themselves if it’s worthwhile to join based on the frequency and type of travel purchased. Cost is either complimentary or minimal and the joining process is simple. There are benefits to be had, but they can require patience and perseverance to profit from them.

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In our last edition we discussed the importance of a travel policy. Whats next? It is not enough to just develop a travel policy and assume that employees know what to do with it. Regular updates and modifications are reruired to keep travel policies up-to-date. Too few companies update their travel programs and expense policies and are often left with older, costlier corporate rates, a new industry study shows.

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How well do your employees follow company guidelines for business travel? Are there areas in your travel program where improved compliance could save you more?

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Automation and standardization of travel booking and expense processing have helped slash the indirect costs of managing travel by 42 percent during the past decade to 4.6 percent of the travel and expense tab, down from 5.6 percent in 2003 and 8 percent in 1997. According to a recently released performance and best practices study of 66 European and Asian companies conducted by A.T. Kearney. The study also found opportunities to halve those indirect costs.

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Although one day may not seem like much elsewhere, it's enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco. Street fairs and parades erupt year-round, offering ample opportunity to come out, show off and get spanked for charity. Anything goes here, with the possible exception of plastic bags: green is an active verb in San Francisco, and composting is mandated by city law. While San Franciscans are free thinkers, they aren't slackers - lately they've been making history with gay rights, technology, and locavore cuisine. Whether it's high time for a party or the next big idea, chances are it's already in progress in this city.

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The best way to see the city, even if you have 24 hours, is to walk. In Rome, where you can usually count on good weather and unreliable transportation, you're best off doing as much as possible by foot. On the street is also where you'll unearth those unexpected finds; Rome always has the power to surprise. So start the clock as we show you how to explore the city most efficiently!

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Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is - with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 km²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area - one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

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Las Vegas is the largest city in the U.S. state of Nevada. Nicknamed the Entertainment Capital of the World, it is situated in the Mojave Desert of Southern Nevada. The city features many mega-hotel/casino complexes decorated with lavish care and attention to detail creating a fantasy-like environment. The casinos often have names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.

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City in a day Guangzhou

Guangdong, China

Guangzhou, also (especially formerly) known as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. Located in southern China on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. One of the five National Central Cities, it holds sub-provincial administrative status.

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Beneath the mantle of glitz and glamour, Dubai's subtle and seductive charms could easily be overlooked. But lift the cloak of this glittering diamond city, and the essence of Arabia is quickly found in the lively, chaotic and traditional souqs centred around the Creek, the heart of this ancient trading port. Delve a little deeper and you'll find the essence of a people fiercely proud of their desert heritage. 'No man', wrote the British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger of his travels across the Arabian sands, 'can live this life and emerge unchanged...He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert.'

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Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is India's third-largest city with an estimated population of 8,474,970 (2011). In a recent survey, conducted by the global HR consultancy Mercer, Bangalore was voted the most liveable city in India, beating Mumbai , Chennai , New Delhi and Kolkata.In terms of cleanliness, Bangalore ranks 12th in India.

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City in a day Austin, Texas

Austin, Tx, Usa

A thriving art and music community rests safely in the heart of Austin. Not only are the streets full of life, but they are also full of history. Austin tours and day trips from Austin Texas can be equally informative and exciting, and offer travelers a chance to experience some of the best attractions that Texas has to offer.

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I frequently get questions about transferring or buying frequent flyer miles. The most recent was straight to the point: "How can I transfer miles to someone who isn't a family member?"

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