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How Hotels Are Getting Greener

How Hotels Are Getting Greener

There are a myriad of factors to take into account when considering your business hotel & travel options, including the obvious points of [...]

Independents vs. Chains

Independents vs. Chains

Independent hoteliers have been under increasing pressure in recent years with an explosion in the number of budget hotels. The major hotels [...]

Corporate Travel for Disabled Employees

Corporate Travel for Disabled Employees

A little additional planning is all it takes for disabled travellers to have a successful business trip. There are ways to plan ahead when travelling for business purposes to ensure [...]

Building Your Hotel Programme

Building Your Hotel Programme

One of the best ways to try and reduce your annual spend is to create a hotel programme which limits your bookings to one or two properties within each location. If you drive [...]

Save Money on Your Hotel Booking

Save Money on Your Hotel Booking

Whenever you're staying at a hotel on business, keeping a close eye on expenditure is always a priority. However, with so many hotel options, extras and other easy ways to overspend [...]

Business Travel Considerations For Employers and Employees

Business Travel Considerations For Employers and Employees

Employers and employees have a different set of considerations and responsibilities when it comes to business travel. Clearly both want any business trip to be successful but [...]

Take the Stress Out of Business Travel

Take the Stress Out of Business Travel

A recent survey of 6,000 business travellers found that traveling for work can result in a loss of almost 7 hours due to stress (time spent not working or resting). That's almost one whole workday [...]

Business Travel Account Management Services

Business Travel Account Management Services

Booking Partners offer a range of account management services from Corporate Business Travel Rate Negotiation to Travel Management Information to our Billback Service and Travel Policy Control [...]

Business Travel - Looking Back At 2016 and Forward to 2017

Business Travel - Looking Back At 2016 and Forward to 2017

As the new year starts and we all start making plans for 2017 we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the major news headlines in 2016 [...]

Make An Early Start On This New Year's Business Resolutions

Make An Early Start On This New Year's Business Resolutions

It's hard to believe that 2017 is just around the corner. Although January 1st is the official date to kick off any New Year resolutions, the end of the year is a great time to reflect on your business [...]

Ways To Stay Productive While Travelling on Business

Ways To Stay Productive While Travelling on Business

Let's face it, when you're travelling on business you may feel that you can't be productive and that the time spent travelling is wasted time. In fact, when asked, business travellers usually state [...]

What Business Travellers Want From Their Hotel?

What Business Travellers Want From Their Hotel

In today's world business travellers are pretty savvy about what they want from their hotel and understandably they don't want to and shouldn't have to compromise [...]

Are You Planning Your Next Business Event?

Are You Planning Your Next Business Event?

It may be a conference, presentation meeting, exhibition, course, seminar, training exercise; team building event or even your Christmas party, no matter the event there's always lots to think about [...]

Safer Travel Using Mobile Apps

Safer Travel Using Mobile Apps

In this article we cover a few of the many mobile apps that can be used when travelling to help keep you safe as well as helping you keep track of important information [...]

Duty of Care for Business Travellers

Duty of Care for Business Travellers

Many companies realise that they have a duty of care within the workplace but are unaware that their duty of care extends to outside the workplace [...]

Booking Partners Business Travel Safety Tips

Booking Partners Business Travel Safety Tips

While companies must take responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of their staff while they are on company trips, staff must also take responsibility for "travelling safely" [...]

Tips for Travel Managers - Keeping Control of Your Travel

Tips for Travel Managers - Keeping Control of Your Travel

In the past we've talked about "managed travel" and the major business benefits in taking control of your staff's travel arrangements when they are on business trips by putting a corporate travel policy in place [...]

Brexit - The Effect on Business Travel Between the UK and Europe

Brexit - The Effect on Business Travel Between the UK and Europe

Now that the momentous decision to leave the EU has been made a question many business people are asking is how will the UK leaving the EU impact on business travel between the UK and Europe and vice versa [...]

What You Need To Think About When Planning Your Christmas Party Part #2: Food, Drink and Entertainment

What You Need To Think About When Planning Your Christmas Party Part #2: Food, Drink and Entertainment

Food is a key part of any event - and a Christmas party is certainly no different. There are a few things to consider, primarily making sure you serve the right food to ensure your guests leave feeling satisfied [...]

What You Need To Think About When Planning Your Christmas Party Part #1: Setting the Stage

What You Need To Think About When Planning Your Christmas Party Part #1: Setting the Stage

So it's the beginning of July and summer is here - now is the time to book and start planning your Christmas party! Hard to believe that you should start Christmas party planning 6 months in advance but leave it much later [...]

Hotel Booking For Businesses - Why You Shouldn't Book Online

Hotel Booking For Businesses - Why You Shouldn't Book Online

We know from experience that many companies think that booking their business hotel accommodation online through online travel agents (OTAs) is a good way to go as it saves them time and money [...]

Hotel Booking Agents Aren't Just For Big Business - Small Businesses Can Benefit Too

Hotel Booking Agents Aren't Just For Big Business - Small Businesses Can Benefit Too

Smaller businesses very often think they are too small to consider hotel booking agents. This is reinforced as SME's are often overlooked by booking agents who look for the larger volume of travel that larger companies provide [...]

How To Get the Most Out of Your Conference or Event. Part #2: Speakers and Exhibitors

How To Get the Most Out of Your Conference or Event. Part #2: Speakers and Exhibitors

We continue our "How To Get the Most Out of Your Conference: Hosts, Attendees, Speakers and Exhibitors" article by looking at how speakers and exhibitors can get the best out of their conference or event experience [...]

How To Get the Most Out of Your Conference or Event. Part #1: Hosts and Attendees

How To Get the Most Out of Your Conference or Event. Part #1: Hosts and Attendees

With so many conferences and events each year to choose from, getting the most out of your experience can make all the difference between a successful event and a "non-event" [...]

How Do I Know If I Need A Booking Agency or Event Planner

How Do I Know If I Need A Booking Agency or Event Planner

It's a question many businesses ask themselves . . . do I need a hotel booking agent or a meeting or conference booking or event planner [...]

The Power Of Off-Site Meetings

The Power Of Off-Site Meetings

Holding your company meetings be they conferences, team building or strategy meetings etc. off-site, away from your normal work environment can bring many benefits [...]

Event Planner Top Traits

Event Planner Top Traits

For an event planner to be great at their job there are certain things that they must be good at. In this article we'll look at some of the top traits that make a successful event planner [...]

Conference Booking and Planning Top Tips

Conference Booking and Planning Top Tips

You've got your conference brief at hand, so what's next? The article below highlights a few of our conference booking and planning tips, the first of which is how to find the right hotel (or other conference venue) [...]

It's All About Trust

It's All About Trust

Although we've written about this before we feel it's worth mentioning again as more and more these days people are falling prey to scams [...]

Booking Partners Your Company Hotel Booking Agent

Booking Partners Your Company Hotel Booking Agent

Did you know that even Google has made moves to get in on the act of the "hotel finding business"? In 2011 Google launched a dedicated hotel finder search tool. This was separate from the core search [...]

Writing Your Corporate Travel Policy

Writing Your Corporate Travel Policy

In a previous article we talked about companies putting a corporate travel policy in place and working with a hotel booking agent to ensure consistency of hotel and conference bookings, rather than leaving staff to make bookings [...]

New Year's Resolution - Managed Travel

New Year's Resolution - Managed Travel

Many companies go down the route of "unmanaged travel" also known as 'open booking' or 'travel management 2.0', where they allow their staff to make their own hotel bookings and then submit expense reports [...]

Your Corporate Party or Event

Your Corporate Party or Event

Throughout the year many companies plan events and parties. Everything from company meetings to presentations to training courses, and of course, at this time of year the corporate Xmas party takes precedent [...]

Booking Partners - A Review of Our Services in 2015

Booking Partners - A Review of Our Services in 2015

This year Booking Partners celebrated 25 years of working in the corporate travel industry. Booking partners has continued to evolve over the last 25 years from an offshoot within an in-house corporate travel department in a major PLC to the business it is today [...]

Our 5 Tips When Booking a Hotel Room

Our 5 Tips When Booking a Hotel Room

Whenever you're planning a business trip, especially if you're going to a place that you've never been before, you'll need to do your research in terms of which hotel you should book [...]

Hi-Tech Hotel Rooms

Hi-Tech Hotel Rooms

In today's modern world we rely more and more on technology. We access the world, the web, news and music from our mobile phones, laptops, tablets, iPods and latest Apple watch etc. and we would be lost without them! A number of recent surveys have shown that [...]

Beware of Scam Hotel Room Booking Sites

Beware of Scam Hotel Room Booking Sites

Scam websites are all too common nowadays. In the past it was primarily scam ecommerce sites which would take people's money and not deliver the goods. More recently it's come to light that even the hotel industry has come under attack [...]

Hotel Room Booking ... Hotel Booking Agents vs. Online Hotel Booking

Hotel Room Booking ... Hotel Booking Agents vs. Online Hotel Booking

A question you may be asking yourself ... what's the difference between hotel booking agents like Booking Partners and other online hotel booking websites [...]

Considerations When Making a Conference Room Booking

Considerations When Making a Conference Room Booking

When you first think about making a conference room booking it can be daunting. The type of venue and room you choose not only says a lot about your company's credibility, but can also make or break an event [...]

Five Tips for Planning a Large Meeting

Five Tips for Planning a Large Meeting

When planning a large meeting attention to detail will ensure a successful meeting. Below we've listed our five top tips to help in planning your meeting [...]

Finding The Perfect Hotel Accommodation In Europe

Finding The Perfect Hotel Accommodation In Europe

When business takes you to Europe, finding suitable hotel accommodation can be difficult. The language barrier can be a problem, as can finding and negotiating with hotels (once you've done your research). However, the following advice can minimise problems [...]

Considerations When Booking a Meeting Room

Considerations When Booking a Meeting Room

A meeting is more than just organising a few chairs around a table. A meeting is a time when staff come together to build team efficiency or to move a business forward. It's also a time where learning can take place and on occasion where new contacts are made and deals are signed [...]

Online Tools For Finding Guest Speakers

Online Tools For Finding Guest Speakers

If you are planning an event or conference and don't know any guest speakers personally or in your personal offline network of contacts, there are numerous free tools online that can help. Here is a list of some of the best ways to find the right match for your event or conference [...]

Planning Your Conference Guest Speakers

Planning Your Conference Guest Speakers

Once you've worked out your requirements you can leave the conference venue, set up, timings, equipment, syndicate rooms, lunch, teas and coffees, dinner etc. in the conference booking agents control and concentrate on the nitty gritty details like your guest speakers [...]

Common Hidden Hotel Fees and How To Avoid Them

Common Hidden Hotel Fees and How To Avoid Them

How many business travellers have had a pleasant stay at a hotel while on a business trip, only to be greeted with a bill that is far more than expected? Can you say you've always been happy with your hotel accommodation [...]

Useful Apps and Resources for Business Travel

Useful Apps and Resources for Business Travel

If you or your employees travel frequently and use hotel accommodation, the following apps can remove some of the hassle from the journey and make your hotel stay that much easier [...]

Booking Partners - Celebrating 25 Years With a Fresh New Look

Booking Partners - Celebrating 25 Years With a Fresh New Look

In this article our Managing Director, Charley Fisher, reflects on the last 25 years of working in the corporate travel industry and, marks our anniversary, by unveiling our new website and brand identity [...]

Cost Effective Ways of Marketing Your Next Conference

Cost Effective Ways of Marketing Your Next Conference

Any conference relies on a very important statistic - attendance numbers, so ensuring numbers are high is vital. There are plenty of ways you can ensure your next conference will be a sold out hit [...]

Getting Conference or Event Sponsorship

Getting Conference or Event Sponsorship

Events and conferences can be expensive and there is always a juggling act when trying to keep quality to a maximum while keeping within budget. With so much to consider and only so many ways to minimise costs [...]

Conference or Meeting Event Catering Ideas

Conference or Meeting Event Catering Ideas

Food and snacks at conferences or meetings are often an afterthought. After all, it is a fairly minor feature of the entire event in comparison to organising expert [...]

Going Green With Your Next Conference

Going Green With Your Next Conference

Planning a conference is a complicated task with so much to consider as well as a budget to adhere to. Understandably, this can dissuade anyone planning a conference from [...]

Save Money on Your Hotel Booking

Save Money on Your Hotel Booking

Whenever you're staying at a hotel on business, keeping a close eye on expenditure is always a priority. However, with so many hotel options, extras and other easy ways to [...]

Planning a Conference

Planning a Conference

In a previous article we discussed the top tips for planning a meeting or conference. In this article we revisit some ideas and best conference planning practices [...]

The Rise of the Budget Hotel Chain

The Rise of the Budget Hotel Chain

Across the UK, budget hotel growth has been phenomenal in the last decade and a half and budget chains like Premier Inn and Travelodge are now doing more business in the UK than the older [...]

Benefits of Using a Hotel Booking Agency

Benefits of Using a Hotel Booking Agency

In this article we take a look at the benefits of using a hotel booking agency. If you arrange your own travel, or need meeting room or conference room booking services, your business [...]

2015 Market Outlook

2015 Market Outlook

In this article we look at the overall market outlook for hotels, meetings and events in 2015. We also identify the major challenges facing travel buyers today [...]

The Countdown to the Christmas Party Season Has Begun

The Countdown to the Christmas Party Season Has Begun

Still need to organise the staff Christmas party? Read on for our hints and tips to make sure it all runs smoothly [...]

Creating a Hotel Accommodation Policy

Creating a Hotel Accommodation Policy

A well-constructed, well-mandated hotel accommodation policy is crucial in ensuring your hotel costs are kept to a sensible minimum [...]

Building a Hotel Programme

Building a Hotel Programme

Our step-by-step guide to putting together a hotel programme will help you reduce spend by consolidating to fewer hotels [...]

Showcasing Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, Redhill, Surrey

Showcasing Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, Redhill, Surrey

Are you looking for a hotel to relax in comfortable, elegant, surroundings after a hectic day at the office? Or are you looking for a meeting room or conference venue in tranquil and inspiring surroundings [...]

Conference Venues and Meeting Rooms - Layout Guide

Conference Venues and Meeting Rooms - Layout Guide

In our June article, we shared our top tips for planning a meeting or conference. Following on from this theme, in this article we take a look at the range of conference/meeting room layout styles [...]

Top Tips For Planning a Meeting or Conference

Top Tips For Planning a Meeting or Conference

Whether it's the first time you've planned an event or the 100th, one thing never changes: You want your event planning and everything related to it to work out perfectly [...]

Un-managed vs. Managed Corporate Hotel Bookings through a Hotel Booking Agency

Un-managed vs. Managed Corporate Hotel Bookings through a Hotel Booking Agency

"We let our employees arrange their own hotel accommodation - after all, they know what they want" [...]

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