Let’s face it: business travel isn’t fun. That’s why accurate, actionable information is critical, and that’s what you’ll find in my business travel articles, newsletters and blogs. I tap global contacts and resources for news that travelers need about changes, upheavals, cancellations, security alerts; airline mergers, strikes and shut-downs; skyrocketing flight fees and shrinking coach class cabins; airport renovations and amenities; supplier boondoggles, travel health issues and much more. On behalf of companies putting travelers in the air and on the road, I delve into best-practices for purchasing travel, address how to keep travelers safe on the road, highlight rules and tools for reining in budgets, suggest how to manage supplier relationships and focus on most everything about travel that impacts the bottom line. I write about the corporate meeting industry too—how to gain control of meeting expenses; popular and ready-to-be-discovered destinations; new and reflagged hotels; familiar and unique venues; how to make meetings meaningful and post-meeting events memorable; and how to develop an effective meetings management program.
Burkhalter Travel News – September 2014
Wisconsin Meetings – Winter 2014
It was a mid-morning break at a National Business Travel Association (NBTA) conference in Tampa, Florida, and I was comparing notes with Terri Payne, the director of corporate purchasing at GSI Commerce Inc., a global company with US headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Terri’s home base. GSI, with over 5,000 employees worldwide, provides e-commerce […]
Most of us who call Wisconsin home can come up with a significant list of reasons why we love it here. Wisconsinites are friendly. The scenery is diverse and exceptional. Our cities are culturally and intellectually rich. We have big-city amenities without the big-city price tag. There is an almost endless variety of activities and […]
Fifteen-or-so years ago when Facebook king Mark Zuckerberg was probably still in high school, I shared a luncheon table in San Francisco with fourteen other hotel guests who had agreed to take part in a “community meal.” My lunch partners didn’t know me, and I didn’t know them. Our paths would likely not cross again […]