Are you looking for a way to increase your customer base and market share? Have you ever considered utilizing travel incentives? Travel incentives like the name implies can be used to motivate both customer and employee behavior. Utilizing travel incentives to attract, motivate, convert, appreciate, and retain customers and employees just makes good business sense.
Many people will tell you that “cash is king”. However, studies have shown that over time offering cash discounts eventually becomes part of the expected price. For example, who ever expects to pay full price for a car anymore? No one. We all know that the sticker price is negotiable. How many of us also know that if we find a suit or dress we like, we can wait a couple of months and it will go on sale? We will pay less than the original price tag for the same item. Likewise with employee bonus programs, over time bonuses become an expected part of pay. Every December or March, employees come to expect a bonus as part of their compensation.
Travelling on business is something which many people have to do on a day to day basis. This can vary from a simple car journey to trains trips a few miles away up to internal flights as well as flying to a completely different country. However there are a few things that you can do in order to make your trip that bit easier and perhaps more enjoyable.
Recently I participated in a wedding of a very good friend of mine. I knew I wanted to write off the travel expenses, the lodging, and the meals, but how? For me it turned out to be relatively easy. Not only am I a certified Pathfinder Coach, but I am also an event planner (with my wife) and a personal financial counselor. Therefore, before the trip I contacted the hotel where the wedding was to be held and set up a meeting with the event coordinator. This meeting was for a tour of the facility and information about booking an event there. I also had several meetings with the wedding party; which I could offer counsel on financial issues.
Las Vegas attracts millions of business travelers from around the world annually. Most of these travelers come to Sin City for the numerous conventions that fill each week of the year. The local hospitality industry has grown around the convention business to support the constant influx of visitors.
A recent survey conducted by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives found that 79 percent of respondents see cost cutting as a top business travel concern, while only 17 percent felt that promoting environmentally sustainable travel was a top priority. This contrasts with a November 2007 survey where 29 percent of the respondents felt environmentally responsible travel was a top issue.
In a recent survey targeted at business travelers we discovered that the most overlooked issue for business travelers was the weather. When we take into consideration just how important good weather is for a business travelers, this fact seems rather surprising. Nothing grounds a flight like a blizzard or creates heavy road traffic like heavy rains.
The cost of business travel is out of control these days. Hotel rooms aren’t cheap. Rental cars and flights aren’t cheap either. Also consider the opportunity cost of other work that an employee could be getting done if they weren’t sitting in airports waiting unproductively. All of these costs combined add up to a pretty penny. Don’t you think it is time you looked for ways to save the company some money?
There are things which we can control in our lives while we are powerless to foresee the outcome of certain things beforehand. These aspects of life will never be able to give us the perfect answers or results, which we need to be happy. They may even give us the worst result, thereby plunging into the depths of sadness. Such uncertain aspects can also be controlled to some extent, enabling us to get at least a little amount of goodness from them. This being the case, the world of business has never been able to give us the expected results all the time and some have even faced a drastic change in their financial status from prince to becoming a pauper at the need. This will happen to those who do not use the tools of making sure that they give them a little control over things. One of the tools will be the use of a travel expense report template, among the employees of the concern. These forms will help the company in understanding the details about the expected and the actual expenses incurred, for every specific period, in terms of travel arrangements and allowances.
Fear and uncertainty are continuing to grip the country and world as a result of terror attacks worldwide, heightened security alerts in major cities including New York, shootings on college campuses, violence in stores, malls and offices, and the global economic crisis. Front page headlines, TV and radio news reports and Internet videos laden with crime and heartbreak are bombarding people and making us increasingly afraid about what to do if violence crosses our path.