WELCOME TO THE 50th issue of Buying Business Travel. When we launched in 2003 our mission was to provide a magazine filled with topical industry issues, tips and news to help bookers and buyers keep their travellers on the road, and keep their CFOs happy. Whether travel is 100 per cent of your job, or only 10 per cent, we wanted to inform and entertain and, since that first issue, we have gone from strength to strength.
In 2009 our success was reflected in our acquisition of Business Travel World, which we incorporated into Buying Business Travel. Since then our editions have regularly been over 100 pages, and filled with essential reading.
Business travel spend has seen many challenges, but our editorial is aimed at helping our readers negotiate that increasingly complex world.
Despite these volatile times, we present you with a bumper 50th issue, including our Corporate Cards supplement, sponsored by Citi, and our annual guide, the 50 Leading TMCs.
With the impending outcome of the Unite vs BA talks and the ongoing battle between Sabre and American Airlines, as well as the local elections and AV referendum coming up, it’s going to be a busy start to the summer. This time last year the industry suffered at the hands of nature when the ash cloud caused unprecedented disruption, and, more recently, we’ve faced the challenges of the civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. As the people of New Zealand and Japan rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquakes and subsequent tsunami, now is the time to support our friends overseas and ensure staff who are travelling on business are given all the backing necessary, working in partnership with TMCs, whose role has never been more critical.
With the summer in mind, I am delighted to remind readers of our Summer in the City party, in association with Qatar Airways, and sponsored by Sol Meliá Hotels and Expotel. We hope you will join the team on June 15, to enjoy an evening of networking and entertainment, in the superb setting of Stationers’ Hall. We look forward to seeing you there.
Felicity Cousins, editor