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Travellers experience most stress during a business trip finds latest SAP Concur research

The Global Business Traveller Report 2020, surveyed 5000 business travellers and found 45 per cent now find ‘during’ a business trip the most stressful stage as opposed to before or after –a 50 per cent increase from that recorded the previous year. So, what is feeding this state and can it be alleviated? None too …

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Increased demand for serviced accommodation post-pandemic

The worldwide pandemic has hit the travel and hospitality industry particularly hard, yet despite the challenges, the serviced accommodation sector displayed a notable resilience to adversity. So could this prompt an increased demand for serviced accommodation post-pandemic? In the UK, while the majority of hospitality was forced to close during lockdown, serviced accommodation pivoted to …

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ASAP/Savill’s Sentiment Survey: occupancy to return to pre-COVID levels in 2021

The Association of Serviced Accommodation Providers ASAP, in association with Savill’s, have released the findings of their June 2020 Sentiment Survey. Although currently optimism is much lower compared to the previous survey (November 2019), as is to be expected, more than half the operators surveyed believed occupancy levels would return to pre-COVID levels in 2021. …

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ASAP launch ‘Stay with Confidence Promise’ scheme

A step forward for the serviced accommodation sector: the industry’s trade association, the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) launch the ‘Stay with Confidence Promise,’ as an extension to their membership accreditation process. The news was announced in a post on the ASAP website, with the scheme promising to ensure “levels of cleanliness that are …

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Travellers show a preference for hotel alternatives finds TravelNest survey

Recent research carried out by TravelNest gave insight as to how the coronavirus pandemic is influencing travellers’ accommodation preferences. The survey, conducted in May, asked 350 UK-based participants about their feelings towards future travel once restrictions are lifted. Most interestingly, only 33 per cent of respondents plan to stay in hotel accommodation. Instead, the majority …

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Serviced accommodation potential for significant savings

New research conducted by serviced apartment agent Acomodeo, found there is the potential for significant savings for business travellers booking serviced accommodation compared to traditional hotel rooms. The Serviced Apartment Price Radar 2019 report is published annually and compares price differences between serviced accommodation and hotel room rates across the world’s major business destinations. At …

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On bouncing back from a global pandemic

Writing for ASAP, James Foice reflects on his thoughts pre-pandemic and the boom and bust that inevitably followed, and considers the next step: bouncing back. Interestingly, he acknowledges that while the travel industry may have experienced a ‘boom’ –1.4 billion tourist visits in 2019 – the experience was not altogether positive for travellers. Yes, cheap …

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Duty of care a priority once business travel resumes

As the United Kingdom enters the next phase in its plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to consider the necessary preparations for the return of business travel. For travel managers and procurement executives, this includes a tight focus on duty of care. In a recent survey conducted by travel management company BCD Travel, …

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Post-Coronavirus: raising hygiene standards at traveller accommodation

After weeks of social distancing measures and lockdown, thoughts are beginning to shift to life post-coronavirus. For the hospitality industry, this will invariably include raising hygiene standards at all traveller accommodation. While hygiene and cleanliness have always been taken seriously at both long and short-stay accommodation, it is clear that extra measures are now needed …

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ASAP: support for key workers needing serviced accommodation

In a recent update on their website, the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) outlined support for key workers needing serviced accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since self-isolation and lockdown measures were introduced in March 2020, the association has seen a surge in enquiries on the availability of accommodation across the UK from NHS staff …

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Unregulated short-term letting put travellers at risk

Popular accommodation letting platforms including Airbnb, are under scrutiny as the number of casual landlords increases in the country’s capital and a rental ‘crisis’ is declared. But could these unregulated short-term lets also be putting travellers at risk? According to citymetric.com (who originally published the story), sites like Airbnb, Booking.com and TripAdvisor now hold the …

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CBRE research: growth in short-term rentals to slow in the U.S.

Recent research conducted by CBRE Short-Term Rentals: A Maturing U.S. Market and Its Impact on Traditional Hotels highlights a consistent rise in short-term rental (STRs) stocks in previous years –but is this growth about to end? The report, published this year, predicts that 100,000 net new STRs will penetrate the U.S. hotel market in 2020, …

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