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Business Travel View - Melbourne

by Anjeeta 13. January 2010 08:27
  Melbourne, a city which is located on the northern bank of the Yarra River is Australia’s second largest city. It is also the capital of the state of Victoria and is an important financial and commercial hub which is home to Australia’s largest seaport. The city of Melbourne was founded by European settlers in 1835 though it was officially declared as a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. Melbourne gained much importance during the 1850’s Victorian gold rush when gold was discovered in the nearby cities of Beechworth, Ballarat and Bendigos. As a result of this gold rush, Melbourne became a boomtown which attracted gold seekers from all over the country as well as overseas. Such was the importance of the city of Melbourne in the years that followed the gold rush that it went on to serve as the capital of the newly created nation of Australia from 1901 to 1927.

Today Melbourne whose Central Business District is dotted with several magnificent 19th century buildings continues to enjoy a prominent position in the Australian economy. The city hosts the headquarters of many of Australia’s leading banks like the National Australia Bank and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group as well as the corporate headquarters of several large Australian companies like the mining giant, Rio Tinto and the telecommunications major Telstra along with the headquarters of several international companies. Further Melbourne is also home to Australia’s first stock exchange, which was established here in 1861 and which today exists in the form of the Australian Securities Exchange, formed from the amalgamation of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange in 2006.

Aside from being a financial center, Melbourne is also home to several manufacturing and services industries like the Australian automobile industry though it is also an important hub for multimedia ventures and IT services. Additionally this energetic city is also a favored venue for domestic and international conferences as it is equipped with the state of the art Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center which is located along the Yarra River in the Docklands area of the city. The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center has in fact recently added the 5000 capacity Plenary Hall to enhance its many myriad conference and convention facilities.

However apart from its business and commercial side, the vibrant city of Melbourne is also renowned the world over as a center for the arts, education, entertainment and sport. The sport of cricket is big business in Melbourne which is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or the nursery of Australian cricket. Along with cricketing events, Melbourne also plays host to several popular international and domestic sporting events like the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, the Formula One Grand Prix and the Australian Rules Football Grand Final. Furthermore Melbourne is also home to the Australian film, music and television industries and it is a city that is visited by hordes of business and leisure tourists each year.

To cater to the needs of these visitors the city of Melbourne is well equipped with an international airport which welcomes a wide array of domestic and international carriers which connect the city to various parts of the globe. The Melbourne Airport is located at distance of 24 kilometers (15 miles) from the city center and is easily accessible via a 25 minute taxi ride from the city. Melbourne in fact has an excellent public transport system that is made up of trams, buses and trains which renders commuting in and around the city extremely easy. Melbourne also has more than 9000 city center hotels that range from five star properties to well known value brands. Moreover most of these Melbourne hotels are located within walking distance of the city’s many arts’, restaurant and nightlife attractions.

If you need to travel to Melbourne on business, your journey from the US will almost always involve a long haul flight with one or two stops on the way and the only way you can hope to cope with the resultant jet lag and the fatigue is by traveling in the premier cabin of your preferred carrier. Business class fares from the US to Australia are usually prohibitive as they can cost anywhere upwards of $10000 and if you or your colleagues need to travel to Melbourne frequently on business these costs can quite easily decimate your annual travel spend.

However you can easily manage to procure cheap business class deals for all your business class travel to Melbourne by availing of the cost effective services of a business class travel specialist like the New York City based travel management company Fare Buzz. 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 obtain discount business class air fares to almost every global destination. Satisfied clients aver that booking their business class travel through Fare Buzz provides them with savings of over 70% compared to similar travel booked through regular channels.

Additionally the travel desk at Fare Buzz is manned by knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are on hand seven days a week to help you with all the travel planning necessary for your journey to this Aussie ‘capital of business and culture’. Do call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to secure the ‘best’ deals for all your business travel today.

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Business Travel View 2010

by Anjeeta 6. January 2010 10:41

As the year 2009 draws to close and various global economies slowly emerge from the recession, business travel is expected to pick up somewhat in 2010 as the pent up demand for meetings and face to face contact which was severely curbed during the previous year is unleashed. Business travel which had grown at a blistering pace since 1998 slowed down significantly during the last two years as most companies tried to grapple with the global recessionary trends which resulted in a fundamental change in how they managed their travel budgets so as that they shifted their focus to getting more trips out of the same travel budget and also learned to effectively measure the return on investment in business connections.

 

Data released by The International Air Transport Association in September 2009 indicates that worldwide premium cabin traffic has declined over the previous year by nearly 14%. Companies in the U.S. and around the world, during the peak of recession had resorted to various measures to reduce business class usage from lengthening the amount of flying time required before allowing an employee to fly business class to restricting access to business class cabins for only high-ranking executives and even dropping business class travel on certain domestic routes. However not one company had eliminated the often considered essential and necessary business class travel completely instead they had attempted to adjust their business class policy to stretch their travel dollars further.

 

A recent survey estimates that business travel growth for the world’s largest business travel market, the U.S. which is still dealing with 10% unemployment will be up by one percent in 2010.   Moreover airline route and capacity reductions which were carried out in 2009 to meet depressed demand levels will actually push prices of business class air fares up in 2010 as the economy recovers and the demand for business travel gradually inches up. Studies further indicate that air fares will increase by up to 5 percent globally for economy class while business class long-haul fares are expected to increase by 1 percent to 6 percent. Similarly in North America, ticket prices are expected to rise between 2 percent and 7 percent for economy class travel and by 1 percent to 6 percent for travel in  business class.

                                                            

The depressed demand levels during the recession of 2009 had resulted in lower prices throughout the business travel industry most notably in the hotel sector which unlike the airline sector could not reduce capacity in response to lower demand levels. These low hotel rates are expected to continue all throughout 2010 as various hotel properties fight to gain back the meetings, conventions and incentive travel business that they lost during the recession. Analysts predict room rates will fall by 1% to 6% in North American hotels while upscale properties are expected to offer deeper price cuts as they try to win back  both  corporate and leisure travelers. Car rentals rates however are expected to rise slightly due to rise in prices resulting from the decrease in capacity in 2009 and the resultant rise in cost of replacing old fleets.

 

These business travel forecasts for the year 2010 seem to emphasize the fact that managing business travel is a complex affair which requires companies to fully understand the rapidly changing dynamics of the industry and supply base and respond to its trends accordingly. This calls for the use of a preferred travel management company which can help to effectively control  not only travel costs  but to also negotiate the best business travel deals with suppliers for a company looking to maximize its return from its business travel investment.

 

The New York City based travel management company, Fare Buzz is one such company which constantly has a finger on the pulse of the business travel industry and can easily offer ‘best buy’ strategies for its clients due to the exclusive relationship that is has with several domestic and international airlines as well as more than 100,000 worldwide hotel properties. Clients aver that by partnering with Fare Buzz they have managed to achieve savings of nearly 70%   as compared to booking with regular channels.

 

Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights and through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines it is able to procure cheap business class air fares to nearly every global destination. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Moreover even if business class fares rise in 2010 as predicted, you need not worry about curtailing or reducing those essential ‘good for business’ business travel trips for if you decide to partner with Fare Buzz, you are guaranteed to receive the most competitive business class fares for all your business travel needs.  So rather than reworking your business class policy why don't you call the Fare Buzz business travel hotline at 1-800-847-1963 and discover for yourself the many amazing business travel deals that it has to offer?.

 

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Discover the world with Qatar Airways Holidays

by Walter 21. December 2009 12:36

Qatar Airways Holidays is the leisure travel division of Qatar Airways, and the premium airways is offering a diverse range of quality lifestyle holidays for the discerning traveler. Special holiday packages, introduced by Qatar Airways Holidays, reflect the feeling of fun and excitement in diverse cities and resorts.

Whether you plan a short or a long haul holiday break choose Qatar Airways Holidays with tailor-made Packages from Qatar Airways, to more than 80 destinations worldwide. To Book your luxurious vacation packages with Qatar Airways call our business travel hotline 1-800-847-1963.

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Some Hotels now Offering Free Internet

by Walter 3. February 2009 16:27

No matter where I travel too I will always need the Internet. I am sure there are many of us who are in the same boat. However, I am frankly getting tired of the fees associated with Internet usage and my hotel stay. Finally, there is some hotel smart enough to start giving away Internet for free. According to Hotels Mag, Shangri-La says it's the first international hotel group to offer free Internet to guests in every part of each hotel — that's guestrooms, public areas, restaurants, lounges and function areas.

What has taken so long? Frankly, I have no idea. However this can be a great way for those of us who travel for business to save some extra money. I am sure that free internet will make all business travelers happy.

 If you are interested in booking a few nights at the Shangri-La hotel or any hotel for that matter, check out these super low rates for hotels.  Search Hotel Rates.

Joseph Maresca
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Director Fare Buzz

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Cheap Airfare and How to Find it

by Joe 9. January 2009 11:07

Many of us rely on the Internet and Search Engines when we are looking for cheap airfare. We go to Google.com or some other search engine and search keywords like "cheap airfare" or "cheap air tickets" and visit the sites listed in the search results. However, there is a problem with looking for cheap airfare through cheap airfare keywords in search engines. The problem being that just because these sites are listed in these search engine results doesn't mean the fares will be cheap.

Sites where placed in these search results through marketing efforts. The only way to ensure cheap airfare is to search the actual sites and do some comparison shopping. Studies show that 17% of users who shop airfare buy from the first site they find and 63% of users shop travel sites that have a recognizable brand name. The problem with that is just because you book airfare from a site that is very popular doesn't mean the fare would be cheap. Chances are the fares will be very high on sites that are most regonizable since the marketing budgets of these well known sites are vast. These marketing budgets are what helps make the world know these brand names.

To find cheap airfare you have to do some homework. I am not saying that airfare on the most popular booking sites are not cheap at times. However, finding the best airfare prices will call for comparison shopping and research. Searching multiple websites for airfare pricing would possibly save you a few hundred dollars if you are user who rather book with the first site you find or a name you heard of on a T.V. commercial. If you search airfare with sites like Travelocity or Expedia, include an air consolidator into you research to see if you can save some money. An Airfare consolidator is broker who who has exclusive contracts with the airline and resells airfare that they receive from that airline. These contacts allow the air consolidator to get airfare at a discounted price and allow the air condolidator to sell that airfare for a discount.

Fare Buzz is an air consolidator. The next time you are searching for airfare prices add Fare Buzz to you research. By doing so you just added another way to save money on your travel.

Joseph Maresca
Online Marketing Director

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Dreaming of a Luxury Vacation?

by Joe 7. January 2009 10:48

Many of us who travel have that dream vacation we want to take. We may say to ourselves, "One day I will take that romantic European getaway" or "I have to see the Sphinx before I die". However, with the economy in the shape that it is in, we tell ourselves that our dream vacation will not happen for us anytime soon.

On the contrary, now is the best time to take that dream vacation. IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT! Airlines are having trouble filling those First Class cabins and are offering unbelievable discounts on those fares. Hotels are not even coming close to filling capacity so getting a good hotel deal in that swanky hotel isn't too hard to achieve either.

But don't just take my word for it. Contact one of our Agents and get a free quote on First Class airfare to Rome or some other location you are dreaming about visiting. You will see a huge reduction in fare price. You can also request a free First Class quote at www.farebuzz.com/business.

Joseph Maresca
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Corporate Travel Management

by Joe 6. January 2009 10:15

Many companies rely heavily on travel in order to conduct business. There may be sales people who need to travel to present some product or service. There may also be employee training that can not be conducted in house so these employees need to travel to some location for their training. Whatever the case may be, companies find themselves in need of airfare, hotels and car rentals.

Most companies utilize inhouse employees to manage the companies travel needs or the employee who will be traveling prepares their travel need themselves. If your company does a significant amount of travel and manages their travel needs in this manner your company could be over spending on travel.

Most travelers are savvy in terms of travel may not be savvy enough to get the best pricing on travel services. Working with a firm like Fare Buzz allows companies to have someone they can rely on the help get travel at prices much lower than purchasing travel themselves. Since Fare Buzz books a significant amount of travel we are able to get prices that companies may not be able to get since the company is most likely going to pay retail prices for their travel needs.

Outsourcing your Corporate Travel Management will not only generate a cost savings but it would allow companies to have a resource to work directly with airlines to get those employees who seek travel that seat on the plane at the time they need or that suite in their favorite hotel.

Joseph Maresca
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Business Travel and Tax Deductions

by Walter 5. January 2009 10:14

With 2008 behind us and many accounting and finance departments working on the books for business conducted in 2008, there is that one little word that we all must prepare for, "taxes". If your company does alot of business travel it is important to understand the do's and don'ts of your travel expenses and tax deductions.

Here is what you need to keep in mind when preparing your business travel expenses for tax season. In order to obtain a tax deduction for your business travel the purpose of your travel must be directly related to your business, and the trip must be "primarily" for business.  If "primarily" for personal reasons, such as vacation, none of the costs are deductible.  If primarily for business, but you also spend time engaged in non-business activities, all the transportation costs but only 50% of the meal expenses incurred while engaged in business activities are potentially deductible.

In making decisions about what expenses to deduct the keywords are ordinary, necessary, reasonable in amount, and directly related to the production of income.   "Directly related to income potential" generally means associated with an activity that results in increased revenue, development, production or quality, of your products or services.

If you are traveling for more than one day you can deduct your business travel expenses if your work requires you to be away from your "tax home" substantially longer than an ordinary day's work and during your time off while away you need to get sleep or rest to be able to continue working the next day.  In this instance you can deduct the costs for transportation, lodging, and meals.

Your tax home is your main place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home.  You are allowed to deduct your actual transportation costs, the cost of your car, and 50% of your actual meal expenses.  Lodging expenses are deductible to the extent they aren't extravagant. To justify travel costs you must be able to demonstrate a direct relationship between the activities carried out while on your business trip and the business trip's income potential.

Business expenses are reported on the appropriate business form.  For Sole Proprietorships this would be Schedule C.  Partnerships and corporations report expenses on their returns. 

For a complete discussion of how to figure allowable travel deductions see www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdf.

Tax season is approaching rapidly. Understanding business travel expense deductions could help lower your overall cost to travel and bring down some of your overhead.

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