THE SUMMER OF 2011 WILL NO doubt be remembered for the UK riots and looting, which swept the nation in August. Since then, the discussion has been about the real reasons why those involved took to the streets and attacked businesses and the police but, from their jumbled message on Twitter, it seemed many of the perpetrators were doing it just because they could.
They may well have learned from MPs and their moats and duck houses, and journalists hacking phones, who broke the rules because everyone else was doing it too, and because they could. This also applies to travellers who go off policy and this issue is packed with advice about how to rein in those rogue travellers – there’s an ongoing battle for control, and we need to find a way that works best for all concerned. Change is good.
On the subject of change, this will be my last issue as editor of Buying Business Travel. After three years on the title, and six years at panacea publishing, I am packing my bags full of PG Tips and Marmite, and heading for France to live and work in Paris as a freelance writer.
It’s been a pleasure working with so many of you and I hope we will stay in touch. I am leaving you in the capable hands of Paul Revel, who joins us from Travel Trade Gazette, where he was web editor. It will be Paul who will be keen to see you all at the Business Travel Awards 2012 in January.
We are proud to have teamed up with Chambers Travel Management to host an exclusive evening during London’s Fashion Week, to raise money for the Ethiopian Education Foundation. It’s a worthy cause and one we are happy to support.
felicity cousins, editor