Momentum

Business travel can be a massively complex undertaking, both for travelers themselves and for the support teams managing it. If you’re responsible for another person’s travel, no one expects you to keep every detail straight in your head - especially if you’re juggling multiple travelers and multiple trips. But if you want to be seen as an all-star travel planner,  you do to have a firm grasp on the... read more

The Savoya team is looking forward to the GBTA Convention 2018 next week, where we’ll be attending sessions in the “Risk/Duty of Care” track in order to better understand upcoming trends that may affect the business travel management practices of our travelers and their teams. We’ll be sharing a round-up of our key takeaways after the convention wraps up next week. But in the meantime, we reached out to... read more

Nearly 138 million foreign citizens traveled to China in 2016, many of them U.S. business travelers connecting with international branches, customers and suppliers. As the world’s largest consumer market and the second largest economy after the United States, travel to China is not expected to slow any time soon. But whether most travelers realize it or not, traveling to and within China is a very different... read more

Whether you’re a traveling executive or an assistant managing the movements of a high-level traveler, situational awareness is one of the basic building blocks of personal safety. Travel - no matter how carefully executed - involves risk. Auto accidents and medical emergencies occur on the road, just as they do at home. The risk of targeted and opportunistic crime is also a consideration for high-profile... read more

You land at a busy airport, and struggle to find your way to the passenger pickup area. You finally arrive, only to be confronted by a row of drivers, standing next to nearly-identical vehicles. You walk out of an office building on a busy New York street and see a black sedan pulling up to the curb. The horns honking behind you and the flow of the busy sidewalk disorient you as you hop in - only to realize... read more

With the dramatic rise in well-publicized terrorist attacks over the past several years, it’s no surprise that the issue of travel safety is top-of-mind for companies with traveling executives. But are we really less safe than we used to be? And if we are, how should security teams respond to the threats posed by travel in the modern era? To explore these and other important executive protection questions,... read more

What information belongs on your luggage tag? Which floor should you request in a hotel? When is a travelers’ victim value is the highest? Put your safety skills to the test with Savoya’s Travel Safety Challenge. When we first debuted this quiz at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Convention, we could never have guessed how popular it would be - nor the number of questions it would generate from... read more

That a formerly war-torn region like Kosovo would outrank the U.S. and U.K on any measure of perceived safety is just one of the surprises found in Gallup’s annual Global Law and Order report. The 2018 report, which included findings from more than 148,000 interviews with adults in 142 countries and areas, provides a valuable measure of people’s sense of personal security and their experiences with crime and law... read more

corporate travel management program visibility

Greater visibility into the operations of the vendors that make up your corporate travel management program often means the ability to make better, more informed and more data-driven decisions. It may mean cost-savings, and - as we’ll get into later in this article - it can mean greater security for your travelers. Yet, despite these obvious advantages, visibility isn’t something that’s questioned... read more

In our recent response to a Wall Street Journal article on the growing interest in corporate duty of care, Savoya’s president Robert Dobrient pointed out that the tracking of business travelers can be useful in responding to crisis. But, he notes, our real objective should be proactive - keeping people out of those situations in the first place. A more proactive approach requires many things. First, as Robert... read more

One of our goals in launching Momentum, the new Savoya blog, was to keep our travelers and those who support them up-to-date on trends and changes within the travel industry. Part of that commitment means finding new research, sharing it with you and offering our perspective on why it’s important. Recently, Aon, a leading global professional services and insurance firm, in partnership with The Risk Advisory... read more

HOW TO STAY SAFE AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP

Nathanial Sullivan

June 11, 2018

Attending the World Cup is a bucket list item for any true soccer fan. But traveling to Russia and being a part of an event that’s expected to have a $31 billion impact on the local economy carries inherent risks. This is especially true for visitors from Western countries and for high-profile travelers. If you or your travelers plan to attend this year’s World Cup, you need to be proactive about safety.... read more

Recently, Wall Street Journal contributor Scott McCartney published an article titled, “A New Level of Security on Your Business Trip.” In it, McCartney introduced the concept of duty of care to his “The Middle Seat” travel column, focusing primarily on the need to be able to track business travelers, wherever they are in the world. But while traveler tracking is important, it is a reactive tactic.... read more

Selecting the right ground transportation provider isn’t easy. Whether you’re planning travel for yourself or on behalf of someone else, ground is often the last thing on your mind. That’s understandable, given the complexity of choosing between different vendors, in different markets, with wildly different standards of service. But just because ground is challenging doesn’t mean you can let it to fall... read more

Today’s executives have never had more options when it comes to ground transportation. Arrive at their destinations, and your travelers will find themselves confronted with everything from traditional taxis and standard black car limo services to Lyft, UberX, UberXL, UberSelect and UberBLACK. In light of all this choice, how do you make the right decision for your executive travelers’ transportation... read more

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Aon, a global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, surveyed 1,843 organizations - representing 33 industry sectors in 64 countries and regions - on the biggest risks facing their companies. The results of this survey were compiled and published in the company’s 2017 Global Risk Management Survey, where the top three... read more

If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of emails coming through recently about companies updating their terms of service or privacy policies - especially those changes that are going into effect on May 25, 2018 - that’s not a coincidence. These companies, Savoya included, are getting ready for the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what is the GDPR,... read more

Welcome to the new Savoya blog, Momentum! Every day, our team works with the world’s most discerning travelers and their support teams, providing not just secure ground travel, but effortless experiences as well. Discretion is an expectation for these travelers, and we’re honored to create sanctuaries for them on the road through the efforts of our Certified Drivers. But while we’re committed to... read more