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Business Travel to Manila Philippines

by Anjeeta 15. July 2009 15:51

Manila is the political, educational and commercial capital of the Philippines. The city which is also often referred to as Metro Manila is a pulsating metropolis which is made of several smaller cities like Makati, Passay, Quezon, Caloocan and Pasig. However in spite of these glaring contrasts and inequalities, Manila today features prominently as a global outsourcing and business processing hub.

In 2006, the Philippines which has the third largest English-speaking population in the world raked in revenues of $2.1 billion from its outsourcing industry as it was ranked third behind India and China in a global outsourcing survey. It is estimated that the BPO (business process outsourcing) business in the Philippines will earn as much as US$11 billion in 2010 as it will employ more than 900,000 people. This BPO boom in the Philippines is currently being led by the demand for offshore call centers by western companies who are looking to cut costs. Manila is at the heart of the outsourcing business in the Philippines However the recent growth spurt in the outsourcing industry in the Philippines has not been fueled by the traditional low value added call centers but more high end outsourcing services like legal services, medical transcription, software development, finance and accounting, shared services and web design and animation. The Philippine government has also done its part in promoting this outsourcing industry as it has offered several fiscal and non fiscal incentives to attract foreign direct investment in this industry. Its labor quality ranked is fourth among all the Asian nations according to a survey conducted by the U.S. based Meta Group.

If you or your company requires much expensive business class travel to Manila then you might want to consider using the excellent and cost effective travel management services of the New York City based company, Fare Buzz. Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of discounted business class fares and through its exclusive contracts with more than sixty domestic and international airlines it is able to procure wholesale cheap business class flights which it then offers for sale to its clients. Booking business travel through Farebuzz.com provides savings of over 70% as compared to tickets booked through regular channels and moreover these cheap business class airline tickets come with all the perks of full priced tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats.

Traveling to Manila from the US can be a complicated affair which often involves a long haul flight with connections and long term or short term business hotel stays. Fare Buzz can easily arrange all this for you for unlike other web based travel services, the customer desk at Fare Buzz is manned by experienced ‘live' travel consultants who are on hand seven days a week to help you find the best airline business class fares and hotel deals for your complete business travel package to Manila. Additionally, these travel consultants can tailor similar packages for any worldwide destination. So if you need to travel sometime soon for business or for leisure, be sure to call the helpful and knowledgeable team at Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123 for all your travel needs.

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Making Your Business Travel More Cost Effective During The Current Recession

by Anjeeta 10. July 2009 12:43

The current global economic slowdown has adversely affected the bottom line of companies all over the world. A direct result of this has been the introduction of various cost cutting measures like freezing of pay and forced unpaid vacations. Business travel which has been on the decline lately has been one of the first areas where companies have tried to trim expenditure through various different measures like better management of travel and more stringent reporting of expenses. It's not just large companies that are instituting these measures even small companies, which generally account for 70% of air travel spending in the U.S., are cutting back and closely regulating travel expenses.

However many companies also realize in this era of globalization they can't really afford to entirely do away with face to face meetings that are conducted via business travel more so if their business competitors are continuing to carry out these meetings. Moreover companies which are based in the western hemisphere are also cognizant of the fact, that Asian economies like China and India have grown to become major economic powerhouses during the last decade. This has necessitated the setting up of regional and global offices of a parent company which is head quartered in the west. While daily communications between the parent company and its regional or global branches can be effectively managed via technologies such as video conferencing, relationship building which is often believed to be the cornerstone of business success can only be achieved by face to face meetings.

With the trimming of business travel budgets in the current scenario the onus of the effective management of business travel has fallen on the in house travel department of a company which usually makes all the business travel arrangements for its executives. These travel departments now have to streamline their processes so that they are able to procure the best deals for their executives. They have to their utmost to ensure that these executives continue to travel for business in the manner that they are accustomed to and not be forced to downgrade either their airline cabin or hotel choices, especially when this travel for business involves long haul flights across continents.

The Internet is peppered with various travel websites who all claim to have the ‘best' fares available but when business travel involves long haul travel and distances, these in house company travel departments have a better chance of securing the best business class fares while working in tandem with a supplier of discounted business class fares like the New York City based, travel management company Fare Buzz.

International itineraries often tend to be extremely complicated and while travel websites might offer quotes for specific routes they are not really able to give their clients the complete range of options that are available to them. Fare Buzz, unlike these run of the mill travel websites is equipped with a customer service desk which is manned by manned by experienced ‘live' travel consultants who are on hand seven days a week to help you find the best airline business class fares, hotel and car rental deals for any destination in the world and thus it can help you procure the most cost effective and complete business travel package.

Moreover Fare Buzz can also help tailor vacation packages to meet the incentive business travel needs of various companies. Incentive travel is usually used to ‘award' an employee for a job well done and it is considered to be extremely essential for the maintenance of employee morale. With its exclusive relationship with a wide network of more than 100,000 diverse hotel properties and its contacts with more than sixty domestic and international airlines, Fare Buzz can easily customize a complete vacation package at discounted rates which can then be used for to meet the incentive business travel needs of a company.

So if you are currently looking for a way to work within the boundaries of a restrictive travel budget, why don't you give Fare Buzz a call at 1-888-808-4123 and see what it's helpful and knowledgeable travel management team has for you. I have no doubt that you will be quite pleasantly surprised.

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The Changing Landscape of Business Travel

by Anjeeta 1. July 2009 13:08

The ongoing global economic downturn has affected nearly all major industries but the effect has been particularly devastating on the global airline industry which has been grappling with various woes like rising fuel costs, falling revenues and rapidly diminishing demand especially in the premium class of travel. In a recent forecast, the International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani, estimated that global airlines would face a 12 percent decline in revenues for 2009.

These airline industry woes have affected all airlines and both the legacy carriers as well as the low cost carriers have had to deal with this changing global economic scenario. While several low cost carriers like the all business class transatlantic services, EOS, Silverjet and Maxjet have simply shut shop and disappeared into oblivion whereas many airlines have even dropped certain routes or reduced the frequency of service to certain destinations in order to combat revenue losses.

Business travel which is usually associated with the premium cabins of airlines has been especially badly affected by the recession as companies all over the world have gone into cost cutting mode and have eliminated or altered their business travel programs in keeping with their new conservation mantra. A recent survey by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives found that more than 70% of corporations were in the process of cutting down on travel budgets by 10% to 20% this year. Additionally, companies such as AT&T have reportedly reduced business travel by 15% through the use of video conferences and web meetings while consulting giant, Accenture has begun the process of setting a network of video conferencing rooms at its various locations worldwide in an effort to limit business travel.

However in spite of all this, the general consensus seems to be that business travel is extremely essential to the conduct of regular business and cannot be done away entirely with especially in situations that demand interpersonal interaction across international borders or require specialized training which needs to be imparted. Some companies do in fact realize this and are currently leaning on their travel departments to control costs by procuring the best airline and hotel deals for their executives who need to make these essential business trips.

Airlines also realize that these business class travelers are their primary source of revenue and profit and need to be retained at any cost. In order to fill their planes and retain custom they have resorted to offering fantastic discounts on tickets for their cabins located in the front of the aircraft. Recently British Airways had a 2-for-1 sale on business-class seats from the United States to London for travel between June 1st and October 31st 2009. This offer was soon followed by similar sales from airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Continental.

Domestic and International air fares seem to change often and quite rapidly and even though currently corporate travel departments are being asked aggressively look for the best airline deals for their business travelers it is almost impossible for these personnel to be on top of all these fares changes all the time. This is where a partnership with a company like Fare Buzz which is a leading supplier of cheap business class fares would help immensely.

Fare Buzz has contracts with more than sixty domestic and international airlines and through these exclusive contracts it can procure the ‘best’ business class airfares to almost any destination in the world. Moreover unlike other ordinary online discounters, the customer service desks at Fare Buzz are manned by experienced ‘live’ travel consultants who are on hand seven days a week to help you find the best airline and hotel deals. Moreover you don’t even have to pay anything ‘extra’ to speak to a travel consultant at Fare Buzz who can even hold a ‘special’ fare for you for a period of 24 hours. So next time when the need to travel arises don’t procrastinate but pick up the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123 for the best travel deals in the business.

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Business Travel - A Luxury or a Necessity?

by Anjeeta 24. June 2009 12:15

Rachel Maarten is an associate with a leading consulting firm. She is currently in the process of juggling two important international consulting projects, one with a client who is based in Basel, Switzerland and the other with a client based in Tokyo, Japan. These projects are expected to continue for the next few months and require her to travel away from her base in New York City for weeks on end. Rachel, unlike many other business travelers, thrives on long haul travel to far away destinations especially since she gets to make her trips in the plush business class cabin of a leading carrier.

Arun Sohni is employed as a Vice President in the IT department of an investment bank in New York City; he was recently given charge of a QA department based in the London branch of the bank. This role necessitates him traveling to London every month as he is in the process of building his QA team. Though Arun hates to travel, he thinks it is important for him to make these monthly trips to the London office especially when he has a role that cannot be fulfilled effectively through remote management. Additionally, what makes these trips bearable is that his bank’s travel department has assigned him business class flights for these transatlantic trips.

Both Rachel and Arun, regard their business travel as essential for the successful fulfillment of their roles as they say that despite the recent advances in technology and video conferencing, there is no substitute for faceto face meetings especially in situations that involve dealings with foreign clients or remote supervision. These away meetings along with conventions and incentive travel are essential for the successful conduct of modern business. 

However during the uncertain times of the current global economic downturn many firms are doing away with business travel entirely or if the business trip is considered to be absolutely essential they are convincing their executives to fly in the coach cabin on even long haul flights that last for more than eight hours in an effort to manage costs. Rachel says if she is forced to fly in coach on her fourteen hour flight from JFK to Narita, she will not be able to function when she lands in Japan. Currently, the only way she copes with jet lag is by sleeping throughout the journey on the flat bed that her business class flight affords her.

Business travel is a necessary tool of commerce that not only aids the companies themselves but it also helps the various arms of the travel industry like airlines and hotels. In fact airlines depend greatly on business class travelers for much their needed revenue.

Yes, firms do need to cut costs but instead of eliminating business travel entirely or cutting back on business class travel they should try and administer their travel management programs more efficiently by using companies like FareBuzz. Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines it is able to procure cheap business class deals to almost all worldwide destinations. Booking business class travel through Fare Buzz provides savings of over 70% as compared to tickets booked through regular channels. Moreover these Cheap Business Class Airline Tickets come with all the perks of a full priced ticket like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Booking your business class travel with Fare Buzz ensures your business travel is a necessity and not a luxury. Call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123 for a quote today!

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