Business Travel Rebounds Even as Companies Cut Costs

Christiana Sciaudone, Skift

July 2nd, 2024 at 2:12 PM EDT

The rebound in business travel is real, but companies still say they're worried about higher prices.

A recent BCD Travel survey found that 60% of travel buyers said their company reduced its travel budget in the past few years, and 96% introduced cost control policies. But none of that has stopped the rebound in business travel.

Even with corporations pushing video calls over in-person meetings and as they cut non-essential trips, 2024 is set to be a strong year for the industry.

“The areas we saw growth in were what we segmented as road warriors, like salespeople, account managers, where there’s a clear ROI on the travel,” Henry Gilroy, senior vice president of strategic development for Internova Travel Group, a travel agency network. “Where we saw more pressure on travel was on those employees where they travel a couple of times a year, and they might be more discretionary events, like company events, conferences, where maybe they went because it was a good chance to catch up with people, but there’s no clear ROI.”

The year is going better than was initially forecasted. 

An expected recovery in 2023 didn’t materialize following a battery of layoffs at tech companies, which also froze some travel spending, according to Tim Wagner, senior vice president of consulting services at HRS.

A lot of those freezes have been lifted as balance sheets and stock prices improve, particularly in the U.S. 

But there are some global regions that are weaker than others amid continued economic uncertainty. While Nordic markets are particularly strong, Central European countries are lagging, and as a result putting a halt to business travel. 

“That doesn’t mean that it’s fully banned, but it’s basically them limiting it to sales meetings or super important meetings, but all the internal meetings then could be reduced,” Wagner said.  

Growth in Global Business Trips

The business travel market totaled $245 billion in 2023, according to GlobalData, a British data analytics firm, with the market expected to reach its pre-pandemic level this year and continue its growth trajectory at a compound annual rate of more than 11% from 2023 to 2027.

GlobalData forecasts that the number of outbound business trips this year will reach 220 million compared to 174 million in 2023 and 207 million in 2019. The top destination markets for business travel are the United States, France, Italy, China and Austria, among others.

The Chinese market is operating at about 20% of its pre-pandemic capacity, mostly due to a weak local economy.  

As of last year, the Global Business Travel Association found in a survey that 67% of travel buyers expect their travel budgets to increase (39%) or remain about the same (28%), with only 14% of buyers reporting that they were implementing a plan to limit business travel because of economic concerns. That survey polled over 860 global travel buyers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders last year from 46 countries.

That said, “cost management stands out as a top strategic priority, with 62% of respondents emphasizing its importance for their company’s business travel program,” GBTA found. 

Trading Down to Save Costs

The BCD survey, which polled 211 travel buyers in April, found that the most popular way that companies are reducing costs was to reduce travel volume. The company declined to provide further comment. 

The average daily rates at hotels continue to grow at strong rates, prompting some companies to require a downgrade in lodgings, Gilroy said. 

“Even just for the same amount of travel, the cost is going up so,” Gilroy said. “Companies potentially will trade down. You know, if they were staying at a four star to hit their travel budget, now, they maybe have to trade down to a three star hit their budget.”

That said, higher-level executives continue to stay at the nicer locations, swallowing the increasing rates.

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2023 Outlook: Business Travel Bounces Back

Corporate travel budgets are recovering to pre-covid levels, our new survey finds. see where companies are spending in the year ahead..

After grinding to a near halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, business trips—and profits for hotels and airlines catering to higher-paying corporate clients—are bouncing back even beyond pre-pandemic levels, per a recent survey from Morgan Stanley Research.

Despite higher airfares and room rates, the survey of 100 global corporate travel managers found that many respondents believe their company's travel expenditures are already back to pre-pandemic levels and will continue to grow. The biggest demand is coming from small companies, which means lower-cost airlines may benefit the more than their bigger peers.

“Travel budgets are expected to see a noticeable improvement in 2022, with 2023 nearly back to ‘normal,’” says Ravi Shanker, an equity analyst covering North American transportation.  “Most interesting is that nearly half of the respondents expect 2023 budgets to increase versus 2019 overall. And of those that expect an increase in budgets, the majority believe 2023 budgets will be between 6% to 10% higher than 2019.”

Overall travel budgets show an improvement over previous surveys, with 2023 budgets expected to be 98% of 2019 levels on average.

Survey Highlights

  •   Smaller companies lead demand for corporate travel. More than two-thirds (68%) of companies with under $1 billion in annual revenue expect travel budgets to increase next year, versus just 41% of companies with annual revenues over $16 billion. Similarly, 32% of smaller companies said travel budgets had returned to pre-pandemic levels compared with 23% of big firms. “This trend could likely favor low-cost carriers, as smaller enterprises tend to be more localized and require less long-haul travel,” says Shanker. “However, the legacy carriers with strong corporate exposure should see gains as well.”  

Nearly a quarter of both large and small companies say their firms are already back to pre-COVID travel levels, and 34% anticipate a full recovery by the end of 2023.

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Holiday budgets hit by inflation, seeing a peak for food prices.

  •   Airfares are higher, but that’s not a drag on bookings. On average, corporate airfares are expected to be about 9% higher than pre-pandemic prices. “Clearly the expected increase in corporate airfares is not having a major impact on corporate travel as passenger volume is expected to be basically flat versus 2019,” says Shanker.
  • Room rates will continue to rise, though not as fast as they have recently. As of this October, market room rates had spiked 20% to 25% over 2019. Next year they will rise even more, though by an average of just 8%, say respondents (9% in the U.S. and U.K.; 5% to 6% in Latin America, Asia and Africa).
  • Hotels face economic and competitive headwinds. While overall travel budgets are growing, companies are cutting costs by trading down when it comes to accommodations. (Historically, budget hotels outperform upscale lodging in tough economic times.) Alternative sources of accommodation also threaten traditional hotels, with 31% of respondents saying they intend to use short-term rental services in the next year.
  • Virtual meetings aren’t going away.  Almost 18% of corporate travel will be replaced with virtual meetings, falling slightly to 17% in 2024, suggesting a degree of permanence in the shift with companies recognizing the benefits of virtual meetings ranging from cost savings to lower carbon footprints. Expect companies providing collaboration software to gain from this shift.

For more Morgan Stanley Research insights and analysis on global travel, ask your Morgan Stanley representative or Financial Advisor for the full reports, “Global Corporate Travel Survey: Snapping Back" (Nov. 8, 2022) and “Global Corporate Travel Survey: 2023 Travel Budgets Nearly Back to 2019 Levels, but ~20% of Meetings Could Still Shift to Virtual” (Nov. 8. 2022). Morgan Stanley Research clients can access the reports directly here and here . Plus more Ideas from Morgan Stanley’s thought leaders.

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Business Travel Trends in 2023

While doing business face-to-face is bouncing back after the pandemic, the corporate travel industry is still very much in recovery.  Here’s what to expect from business travel trends in 2023.

>> Related: Corporate Travel Trends from Our Survey with Skift <<

A line graph depicts Business Travel Trends in 2023.

Source: Bloomberg Law

While there is no longer a shortage of travelers, there are new challenges: 

  • 87% of hotels have persistent staff shortages ( source )
  • The United States has a deficit of about 8,000 pilots, or 11% of the total workforce ( source )
  • TSA is in a hiring crisis amid stagnant wages ( source )
  • Airfares are rising 5x faster than the overall inflation rate ( source )
  • Hotel rates are up 19%

The net impact on business travelers?  One in four flights have been delayed in 2023, and travel is costing ~30% more per trip.

The Definitive Guide to Post-Pandemic Business Travel and Expenses

Higher travel costs and unreliable flights will strain businesses in 2023

Unfortunately inflation, staffing shortages, and uncertain flights will affect not just the traveling employee, but also their manager and the finance department.

Business travelers should:

  • Plan for long check-in and security lines at the airport, even with TSA pre check.
  • Prepare for flights to sell out quickly.  Book as soon as you can.
  • Expect flights to be delayed – be conservative with your itinerary, and don’t schedule optimistic meetings or airport transfers.
  • Prepare to rebook canceled flights.  Save your company’s travel agency number in your phone so you don’t have to wait in line with hundreds of other stranded passengers.

>>Related: The New Era of Corporate T&E <<

Managers should:

  • Prepare to manually field far more policy-exceptions for expensive flights.
  • Triage travel or re-allocate budgets – with each trip costing ~30% more, you’ll exhaust travel and expense budgets faster.

Finance departments should:

  • Urgently update travel policies, pricing limits, and per diems to reflect 2023 pricing.
  • Create dynamic policy parameters that aren’t capped at arbitrary or outdated prices.
  • Partner with travel agencies that have seasoned agents available 24/7 to rebook canceled flights.
  • Explore incentives and reward employees who book under budget .  On average, we see businesses trim 30% of their travel budget after implementing rewards.

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Eloise Hanson

  • January 16, 2023

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[SPONSORED CONTENT] Cvent highlights some key findings from its latest Travel Manager Report and how venues can best capture demand in 2023.

Corporate travel is, apparently, back! According to the new Cvent Travel Manager Report: Europe Edition December 2022 , corporate travel managers seek value, sustainability, and cost-cutting opportunities in 2023.

The challenge for hotel teams is to show they have the facilities and technology to handle demand and put their venues at the front of the queue.

Cvent commissioned Censuswide, an independent research company, to survey 514 corporate travel decision-makers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, between October 20th and November 2nd, 2022. Here’s what they found:

1. Business travel will be robust and international

In total, 72 per cent of travel managers expect their business travel volume to increase either somewhat (46 per cent) or significantly (26 per cent) in 2023, when compared to 2019. Just 13 per cent say they will likely see a decrease in the travel volume of their business in 2023 relative to 2019.

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With three in 10 travel managers expecting business travel to grow significantly in 2023 compared to 2019, and a further 46 per cent believing it will increase to some extent, the opportunity for hotels is clear. Venue teams must ensure they’re engaging now with travel managers – and be prepared to respond to an influx of RFPs.

Download the full report for country-specific data, charts, and additional commentary .

2. Rising costs spur budget increases 

Eighty-one per cent in total say their budget will rise, including 26 per cent who predict it will increase significantly. Only around one in six travel managers (15 per cent) believe their budget will decrease.

Set against the expectation of budget rises is a predicted increase in travel costs. In fact, 83 per cent of travel managers believe costs will be higher in 2023 than they were in 2019, with around a third of them (33 per cent) believing prices will increase significantly.

Hotels must now focus on available opportunities to increase revenue per visitor. With fewer people travelling but more events planned, providing incentives for people to spend on expenses or from their own pockets is vital. Use of technology can help venues understand what experiences and additional services visitors would like them to provide.

3. Travel managers have new needs when sourcing hotels 

With budgets under pressure due to rising costs, travel managers are increasingly asking whether trips are truly necessary, and how each one fits into a new formula of cost and value.

Almost half (46 per cent) of travel managers say they are more closely assessing whether a business trip is needed. Once they’re certain it is – with the option of virtual events also available as an alternative – they rigorously compare hotels on a shifting set of priorities: cost, flexibility and sustainability.

Once the decision is made, new factors come into play during the sourcing process. Hotels should pay heed to these changing priorities. With choice revolving around price, flexibility and sustainability, venues must demonstrate their value for every element to keep ahead of their competition.

4. Demand for sustainable travel takes off

An environmentally aware approach to business travel programmes is front-of-mind for many travel buyers. Ensuring a level of sustainability in decision-making is a key part of sourcing strategies – third only in the list of planning priorities (37 per cent) that are now more important than they were pre-pandemic.

Sustainability is also having a direct impact on choice of venue. In total, 89 per cent of travel managers say this factor influences which hotels they book as part of programmes, with almost a third of them (32 per cent) claiming sustainability concerns play a significant part in selection.

Organisations in many sectors are keen to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability – corporate travel is no different. With a large majority of travel managers prioritising environmentally-friendly options when sourcing for programmes, hotels that can showcase their sustainable practices, awards, or facilities on platforms like Cvent Transient , will have the edge in 2023.

5. Interest in dual or dynamic rates increasing

Cvent’s Travel Managers Report – Europe Edition , published in June 2022, revealed almost two-thirds of travel managers (62 per cent) were open to discussing dual or dynamic rates.

In our latest study, even more (69 per cent) say their interest in such an approach has increased for the 2023 RFP season, with 20 per cent of that total stating their openness to dual or dynamic rates has risen significantly. Travel buyers in Spain are the most interested (80 per cent), although a large minority of those in the UK (38 per cent) remain to be convinced.

Interest in dual and dynamic rates as a way to make corporate travel and venue hire more cost-effective is clear. To win business in what will certainly be a competitive market in 2023, hotels must understand their potential customers’ rate strategy and expectations.

6. Travel buyers also plan events 

It might not come as a shock to discover that 90 per cent of travel buyers are also the people responsible for planning. Travel managers in Italy are the most likely to also have oversight of event planning as part of their remit (98 per cent).

It’s vital to take note of the full list of duties that travel buyers oversee. Post-pandemic, many have several hats to wear: 46 per cent have assumed dual remits since 2020. Venue teams should enter negotiations fully on top of the detail of business travel sourcing and event sourcing information, to present a compelling and competitive case to win hearts and minds – and the business.

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  • Priyanka Kamath
  • November 15, 2022
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2022 has been a turbulent year for various industries worldwide, including business travel. The year saw a rise in inflation and the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the world economy. Despite all these challenges, business travel continued, with some employees traveling domestically and internationally for business purposes. 

With 2023 fast approaching, business travel will continue to grow as global travel prices are predicted to increase.  The October 2022 business travel recovery poll by GBTA revealed that over 78% of travel managers expect the number of business trips by employees will be much higher in 2023 than in 2022. Hence, companies are preparing to take better approaches to business travel for 2023, which means there will be new trends and changes. 

Let’s look at some of the business travel trends for 2023 we can expect in the coming year:

1. The Rise in Bleisure Travel

One of the most popular business travel trends that have gained importance over the last few years is bleisure travel . Although this concept existed even before the pandemic, companies, and employees have benefited from it largely post-pandemic. 

According to a survey by GBTA , 37% of American business travelers extended their business trips for leisure in the past year, and 81% stayed at the same place for bleisure purposes. 

Hence, this combination of ‘business travel’ and ‘leisure activities’ is becoming the new norm in the business travel industry. In the last two years (2020-2022), bleisure travel was taking place in fewer numbers due to the pandemic. However, this business travel trend will increase in 2023 as employees look forward to relaxing and exploring rather than just working on their business trips.

2. Employees Prefer Unconventional Stay Options

Business travel has paved the way for various business travel trends, the latest being offbeat/unconventional stays. This is because business travelers, especially millennials, have become more flexible in staying in places other than regular hotel chains. These include boutique hotels, homestays with unique facilities, guest houses, or AirBNB apartments. 

These accommodations are very different from conventional hotels and cater to the varying lifestyles of business travelers. Hence, they feel that these unconventional stay options are more beneficial than hotels. 

For instance, they provide travelers with more space, are cost-effective, and, most importantly, allow them to enjoy experiences that make them feel at home. 

As new-age travelers are interested in staying in a peaceful environment away from the city, this business travel trend will surely be adopted.

3. Self-Booking will be the New Norm

According to a survey by Expedia , 69% of business travelers book their trips through tools not provided or approved by their company. With the increasing demand for personalized travel , business travelers prefer more self-booking options. 

A growing number of corporate travelers now prefer to organize their travel and use tools that allow them to book quickly and efficiently. This concept of self-booking is one of the significant business travel trends for 2023 that travel management companies need to pay more attention to. 

Companies can encourage employees to use a corporate travel booking platform , a self-booking software tool that allows employees to book accommodations and flights of their choice when they travel. This business travel trend towards self-booking is mainly because of the generation shift in business travelers, which we will likely witness in 2023. 

4. Companies will Implement Flexible Corporate Travel Policies

According to Global Traveler USA , rogue booking persists despite various travel policies. This means that business travelers are still booking outside the company’s travel policy while choosing accommodations and flights for their business trip. 

Hence, companies will relook into their corporate travel policies and make them more flexible for employees. The travel policy will include employee travel preferences and self-booking options. Allowing business travelers to make bookings of their choice and within the company’s policies will create a better work culture and also promotes employee satisfaction.

Companies can also opt for travel management software that gives real-time policy visibility and allows employees to book within the company’s travel policy. 

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5. Increase in Airfares and Hotel Rates

The demand for business travel and meetings/conferences is back with a vengeance. Business travel trends and forecasts for 2023 show that travel prices across the globe are expected to increase in the last two months of 2022 and throughout 2023. This is mainly due to rising fuel prices, inflation, and labor shortage, among many others. 

As per GBTA , airfares will rise by 8.4%, hotel rates by 8.2%, and car rental charges by 6.3% by 2023. There is an increased demand for air travel as the borders of almost all countries have reopened completely alongside the rising jet fuel prices. Also, due to the travel rebound, hotel prices will accelerate worldwide in 2023 and the coming years. 

6. Sustainable Business Travel to Gain More Focus

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword. The business travel trends and forecasts from International Energy Agency revealed that greenhouse gas emissions are likely to rise to record levels in 2023. And if these trends continue over the next few years, they can lead to catastrophic results. Business travel alone is one of the largest contributors to corporate carbon emissions. 

Hence, companies must consider sustainable business travel practices to reduce their carbon footprint . Employees are now more aware of the climate crisis and global warming and want to work with companies that follow sustainable practices. 

Therefore, travel trends involving low-carbon travel will gain more focus in 2023. 

7. The Safety of Employees will be the main Priority

Another crucial business travel trend prediction for 2023 will be prioritizing the health and safety of employees. According to Amadeus , 84% of employees prefer traveling with the proper safety protocols. Employees travel to various destinations where they can face unforeseen circumstances such as civil unrest, bad weather conditions, delayed flights, and many others. 

And when road warriors are out on the road, companies must do all they can to ensure they feel safe from the beginning-physically and mentally. Companies must focus on measures such as providing employees with business travel insurance and accommodations with safety and hygiene protocols, among many others. You must also create a corporate travel security policy that defines the guidelines employees and travel managers must follow to ensure the safety of employees during business travel. 

Moreover, travel managers should hand out a travel risk assessment checklist to their employees before they go on a business trip.

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8. More AI and Virtual Travel Assistants

One of the major business travel trends companies must look out for in 2023 is using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent travel assistants. 

AI has drastically improved how organizations function, so it is no doubt that in 2022, almost 44% of companies were trying to incorporate AI into their current applications and processes. Because of this, the number will increase in 2023 and the coming year. 

Companies can leverage these technologies to understand business travelers’ preferences and travel patterns and optimize their travel and expense management process. The next few years also present various possibilities for intelligent assistants, such as AI travel assistants , chatbots, facial recognition, etc. 

As travelers are constantly on the go, they require faster response time and more interaction. Hence, AI and virtual travel assistants will be a boon for business travelers looking to utilize their time effectively during their journey.

9. Blockchain to Improve Security

Blockchain is a system of recording or storing information, making it highly impossible for hackers to modify or hack into it. It is an ideal technology for making business travel transactions more secure due to its integrated security features. This is important because the business travel industry heavily relies on exchanging information between two or more companies. 

For instance, a travel manager must send the employees’ details to airlines and hotels. Thus, blockchain allows you to collect every data involved in the travel process, from employee preferences to flight and hotel rates, where it stores information on various devices, thus enabling data security . 

It’s Time to Keep up with Business Travel Trends

This year passed with a lot of uncertainty. However, 2023 looks very promising for the business travel industry. Travelers’ safety, sustainable business travel, AI, and blockchain technology will continue to be business travel trends in 2023 and years to come.

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[latest] us business travel market size/share worth usd 359 billion by 2032 at a 10.5% cagr: custom market insights (analysis, outlook, leaders, report, trends, forecast, segmentation, growth, growth rate, value).

[220+ Pages Latest Report] According to a market research study published by Custom Market Insights, the demand analysis of US Business Travel Market size & share revenue was valued at approximately USD 201.3 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 217.1 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach around USD 359 Billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 10.5% between 2023 and 2032. The key market players listed in the report with their sales, revenues and strategies are Expedia Inc., Booking Holdings Inc., American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), TCS World Travel, Abercrombie & Kent USA LLC, Exodus Travels Ltd., BCD Travel, Intrepid Travel, Topdeck Travel Ltd., Trafalgar, and others.

Austin, TX, USA, Aug. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Custom Market Insights has published a new research report titled “ US Business Travel Market Size, Trends and Insights By Type (Luxury, Business Travel, Cruise, Specialty/Activity/Sports, Budget), By Age Group (Millennial, Generation X, Baby Boomers), and By Region - Industry Overview, Statistical Data, Competitive Analysis, Share, Outlook, and Forecast 2023–2032 ” in its research database.

“According to the latest research study, the demand of US Business Travel Market size & share was valued at approximately USD 201.3 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 217.1 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach a value of around USD 359 Billion by 2032, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 10.5% during the forecast period 2023 to 2032.”

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US Business Travel Market -Growth Factors and Dynamics

Economic Growth : A strong economy contributes to the growth of the business travel market. As businesses thrive and expand, there is an increased need for face-to-face meetings, conferences, and business negotiations, driving the demand for business travel.

Technological Advancements : Technological advancements have revolutionized the business travel landscape. Online booking platforms, mobile applications, and travel management tools have made it easier for businesses to plan and manage their travel arrangements efficiently, leading to increased convenience and productivity.

Globalization and International Trade : Globalization has opened up new business opportunities and expanded international trade. Companies are increasingly engaged in cross-border collaborations, joint ventures, and client relationships, necessitating travel for business meetings, negotiations, and market exploration.

Industry Conferences and Events : The presence of industry-specific conferences, trade shows, and events plays a significant role in driving business travel. These events provide opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and business development, attracting professionals from various sectors.

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US Business Travel Market: COVID-19 Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the US business travel market, leading to disruptions and changes in travel patterns. Here is an analysis of the COVID-19 impact on the US business travel market:

Travel Restrictions and Lockdown Measures : In response to the pandemic, governments imposed travel restrictions and implemented lockdown measures, both domestically and internationally. These restrictions severely limited business travel, with many conferences, meetings, and events being canceled or shifted to virtual formats.

The Decline in Travel Demand : The fear of contracting the virus and the implementation of remote work policies led to a sharp decline in business travel demand. Many companies suspended non-essential travel and adopted virtual meetings and teleconferencing as alternatives.

Industry-Specific Impact : Certain industries, such as hospitality, airlines, and event management, faced significant challenges due to the decline in business travel. Hotels experienced low occupancy rates, airlines saw reduced bookings, and event organizers had to cancel or postpone conferences and trade shows.

Shift to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work : The pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual meetings and remote work practices. Businesses quickly adapted to using video conferencing platforms and collaboration tools, reducing the need for in-person meetings and travel.

Health and Safety Measures : As travel resumes, health and safety measures have become essential. Businesses and travel providers have implemented rigorous cleaning protocols, social distancing measures, and contactless processes to ensure the safety of travelers.

Recovery and Future Outlook : With the progress in vaccination efforts and the easing of travel restrictions, the  business travel marke t is gradually recovering. However, the pace of recovery remains dependent on factors such as the control of virus variants, government regulations, and business confidence.

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List of the prominent players in the  US Business Travel Market :

Expedia Inc.

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American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

TCS World Travel

Abercrombie & Kent USA LLC

Exodus Travels Ltd.

Intrepid Travel

Topdeck Travel Ltd.

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US Business Travel Market – Regional Analysis

Northeast Region : The Northeast region, which includes major business hubs like New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, is a prominent center for business travel. It attracts a significant number of corporate travelers due to its concentration on financial institutions, tech companies, and professional services firms.

Southeast Region : The Southeast region, encompassing cities such as Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte, is also a significant contributor to the  US business travel market . It is home to various industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism, which generate business travel demand.

Midwest Region : The Midwest region, with cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis, plays a crucial role in the business travel market. It is known for its diverse industrial sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, and agriculture, attracting business travelers for conferences, trade shows, and meetings.

West Coast Region : The West Coast region, including cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, is a thriving hub for technology, entertainment, and innovation. It hosts numerous conferences, conventions, and business events, drawing business travelers from various industries.

Southwest Region : The Southwest region, which includes cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix, is known for its strong presence in the energy, aerospace, and healthcare sectors. These industries contribute to business travel demand in the region.

Mountain Region : The Mountain region, encompassing areas like Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas, attracts business travelers for conferences, conventions, and outdoor recreational activities. It is known for its hospitality and tourism industry.

Pacific Region : The Pacific region, including Hawaii and Alaska, presents unique business travel opportunities. Hawaii attracts business travelers for conferences, incentive trips, and meetings, while Alaska draws visitors for business-related activities in industries such as oil and gas, mining, and tourism.

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The  US Business Travel Market  is segmented as follows:

Business Travel

Specialty/Activity/Sports

By Age Group

Generation X

Baby Boomers

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On the basis of US Geography

Northeast Region

Southeast Region

Midwest Region

West Coast Region

Southwest Region

Mountain States

This US Business Travel Market Research/Analysis Report Contains Answers to the following Questions .

Which Trends Are Causing These Developments?

Who Are the Key Players in This US Business Travel Market? What are Their Company Profile, Product Information, and Contact Information?

What Was the Market Status of the US Business Travel Market? What Was the Capacity, Production Value, Cost and PROFIT of the US Business Travel Market?

What Is the Current Market Status of the US Business Travel Industry? What's Market Competition in This Industry, Both Company and Country Wise? What's Market Analysis of US Business Travel Market by Considering Applications and Types?

What Are Projections of the US Business Travel Industry Considering Capacity, Production and Production Value? What Will Be the Estimation of Cost and Profit? What Will Be Market Share, Supply and Consumption? What about imports and exports?

What Is US Business Travel Market Chain Analysis by Upstream Raw Materials and Downstream Industry?

What Is the Economic Impact On US Business Travel Industry? What are Macroeconomic Environment Analysis Results? What Are Macroeconomic Environment Development Trends?

What Are the Market Dynamics of the US Business Travel Market? What Are Challenges and Opportunities?

What Should Be Entry Strategies, Countermeasures to Economic Impact, and Marketing Channels for US Business Travel Industry?

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US Business Travel Market Report provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of the market based on segmentation involving economic and non-economic factors.

The US Business Travel Market report outlines market value (USD) data for each segment and sub-segment.

This report indicates the region and segment expected to witness the fastest growth and dominate the market.

US Business Travel Market Analysis by geography highlights the consumption of the product/service in the region and indicates the factors affecting the market within each region.

The competitive landscape incorporates the market ranking of the major players, along with new service/product launches, partnerships, business expansions, and acquisitions in the past five years of companies profiled.

Extensive company profiles comprising company overview, company insights, product benchmarking, and SWOT analysis for the major market players.

The Industry's current and future market outlook concerning recent developments (which involve growth opportunities and drivers as well as challenges and restraints of both emerging and developed regions.

US Business Travel Market Includes in-depth market analysis from various perspectives through Porter's five forces analysis and provides insight into the market through Value Chain.

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The competitive environment of current and potential participants in the US Business Travel market is covered in the report, as well as those companies' strategic product development ambitions.

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BREAKING: TR Consumer Forum revises June date for 2023 event

By Charlotte Turner | Thursday, 24 November 2022 14:51

This also accommodates another industry event, which is unable to change its dates.

Organised by TRBusiness and m1nd-set, the TR Consumer Forum is the only travel retail industry event that places the consumer at the heart.

The 2023 edition will be back in full force, bringing all the top talking points into focus courtesy of vibrant panel discussions and interactive sessions delivered as part of its influential global conference agenda.

The location for the touring annual conference will be revealed in due course. 

“We have already received expressions of interest from a number of parties about hosting the next edition, as well as keen interest in both speaking at and sponsoring the 2023 TR Consumer Forum,” said Michael Barrett, Head of Events and Corporate Social Responsibility at TRBusiness.

“The last two editions have generated huge momentum, so we are all very much looking forward to next year’s event.”

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The second edition of the forum, which took place between 4-6 September 2022 in Limassol, Cyprus, attracted 180 industry stakeholders from around the world.

A total of nine dynamic sessions were held over the two-day educational programme, with leading names taking to the stage to deliver a masterclass in curating a consumer centric culture, including Yiannis Karousos, Minister of Transport, Communications & Works, Republic of Cyprus; Peter Mohn, Owner and CEO, m1nd-set; Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO, Hermes Airports; Rob Marriott, CEO, Aer Rianta International Middle East; and Barry Wheeler, Head of Retail, Qatar Duty Free and many more.

The programme was enhanced by m1nd-set consumer insights worth six-figures in value, which were revealed exclusively to delegates at regular, key points throughout the conference.

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The TR Consumer Forum 2022 team.

The feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive.

“It is always gratifying when delegates give positive feedback following an event,” said TRBusiness’ Michael Barrett. “It’s very rare though when the feedback is so overwhelmingly encouraging and consistently upbeat.

“When asked about the conference overall, speakers and sessions, the networking or the value of the event for the industry, the assessment from delegates was 100% positive with more than two thirds stating ‘excellent’.

The 2022 edition was hailed a “extraordinary conference” and praised for delivering “the latest insights from the best in the business”.

It was “a well organised event and gathering of like-minded individuals, set in beautiful surroundings on the delightful island of Cyprus, with thought provoking industry insights and discussions, which demonstrated, that together, through the sharing of ideas, knowledge and progress, we can bring about positive global change”, said Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager, Sustainability Champion & LEED Green Associate at Aer Rianta International Middle East (ARIME).

It was “a great event in a terrific venue”, according to Julie Lassaigne, Secretary General at European Travel Retail Confederation. “The format of the conference delivers great insights with m1nd-set data supported by interactive panel discussions.”

Helen Bull, Senior Business Manager – Internal Media Services at Hamad International Airport described it as “a very well planned and engaging, informative forum” with “good sessions and networking opportunities in a lovely location”.

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More comments from delegates highlighted the event’s reputation as an important fixture in the industry’s annual calendar.

Thomas Henningsen, Partner at Blueprint, called it an “extraordinary conference” with “educational, inspiring and data rich presentations and panel debates on how travel retail, as an industry, can better serve travelling customers during these unprecedented times”.

“The TR Consumer Forum has quickly become a must attend event for me because it puts the consumer at the heart of all the discussions”, enthused Tim Young, Founder/Managing Director of Young Spirit Consulting.

“This year’s event was packed full of valuable information, good discussions, and fantastic networking opportunities with old and new industry friends alike”.

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It was a “well run event with useful research insights to support strategic thinking within the travel retail sector”, said Lea Claxton, Head of Retail Space, Strategy & Delivery, Heathrow.

The TR Consumer Forum 2022 was a “fantastic opportunity to learn and hear about the latest trends for travel retail industry, to share thoughts and experiences and also an excellent networking event”, commented Bianka Pivarcsi, Retail Marketing Manager at Budapest Airport.

Emily Garrett, Senior Strategist, Altavia Travel Retail had “a fantastic couple of days, networking and hearing the latest insights from the best in the business”.

“Another insightful edition of this one-of-a-kind event”, summarised Danielle Willox-Semple, Insight Manager, Malt Whiskies & Partnership Brand at Edrington. “This year showcased Cyprus, and provided excellent examples of best in class consumer engagement activities”.

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Delegates enjoyed ample networking opportunities, from the opening cocktail to the gala dinner.

As Rowena Holland, Managing Director, Essential Communications described, it was an “excellent conference in a superb venue” with “insightful presentations across a broad spread of industry topics, plenty of networking opportunities, and super hospitality all round”.

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Quality networking at the TR Consumer Forum 2022 gala dinner.

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These top-tested suitcase brands offer something for every type of traveler.

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Each piece of luggage is evaluated by experts in the Lab as well as consumer testers on the go. In the Lab, we look at factors like durability, ease of use and more. We also pack each suitcase with a standard load to see how much it can hold and how easy the compartments are to access. Consumer testers come into the Lab to use the luggage in an obstacle course, where they weigh in on handle comfort, wheel performance, maneuverability and more. Finally, we send luggage out with travelers into the real world for firsthand feedback.

You can learn more about how we test luggage and what to consider as you shop — including how to decide between hardside and softside luggage — but first, here's everything you need to know about our top-tested luggage brands.

  • Best Overall: Samsonite
  • Best Value: American Tourister
  • Best Carry-Ons : Away
  • Best for International Travel: Briggs & Riley
  • Best Under $100: Amazon Basics

Samsonite

Samsonite earns our top spot for the best luggage brand because it has a wide assortment for every preference — from business travelers to vacationers — and has continuously proven to be high quality as we've tested it over the years.

In particular, it stands out for its durability and ease-of-use features: There's been no struggling to open and close the cases, and packing them has been a breeze , thanks to the functional compartments that maximize space. It's certainly not inexpensive, but as direct-to-consumer luggage brand prices have skyrocketed, Samsonite's have remained fairly consistent.

Both hardside and softside styles from the brand have excelled in our tests. We've also been impressed by each of the sizes, including carry-ons, checked bags and underseat luggage. Some of our favorite models include the Freeform hardside (pictured here), the Solyte DLX softside and the Stryde Glyder , which is a checked case that's wide instead of tall so it's less likely to tip over.

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American Tourister

American Tourister

If you're on a budget or you don’t use luggage regularly — i.e., it doesn’t need to be the most durable and you don’t need all the bells and whistles — American Tourister offers competitive pricing and an excellent variety to choose from . There are a lot of options if you prefer bright colors and fun prints, plus there are cases for the entire family, including a Disney collection . Between the designs and versatile offerings, the models are fun, functional and especially ideal for vacationers.

Just note that while luxury hardside cases are usually made of polycarbonate, American Tourister typically uses ABS plastic, which is more affordable but more prone to scratches. Still, it gets high ratings from online reviewers who note that the bags are surprisingly spacious. Another perk: The brand offers luggage sets for an even better value, especially if you need to purchase multiple pieces. Pictured here is the Pop Max Softside set , which at $150 for a set of three, is less than other single cases.

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Away is one of the most popular luggage brands on the market, and our testing shows it actually lives up to its hype. Though the brand has a wide range of offerings, we especially love the hardside carry-on.

It's made of 100% polycarbonate that proved to be durable and lightweight in our evaluations — even lighter than some fabric bags we’ve tested. It was also surprisingly spacious and held a full packing load in our review. The company offers a 100-day return policy on unused items; it also offers a lifetime limited warranty on its suitcases that covers any "functional damage."

Besides the main Carry-On model , it comes in variations like a Bigger Carry-On (which the brand says can hold 20% more) and a Carry-On Flex (which has an expandable zipper). We also love the brand's Everywhere Bag , which is a stylish and surprisingly spacious weekender.

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Briggs & Riley bags are pricey — a carry-on can cost over $600 — but they come with a lifetime guarantee that will cover all repairs if the luggage ever gets broken or damaged. They also come with innovative features, such as the brand's signature compression packing system. Bags that have this feature expand to let you pack and then compress down after they're filled. In fact, one of our testers said she packed a week's worth of summer clothes for two people into a compact carry-on, and it easily fit into an airline's overhead bin.

The suitcases also use top-notch construction and timeless designs in a range of styles, including hardside, softside, carry-ons and checked bags. The Baseline Global Carry-On Spinner (pictured here in the 21-inch version) has been a selected as GH Family Travel Award winner for the past two years after travel testers gave it perfect scores across the board. Its nylon fabric also aced our Lab's abrasion tests.

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Amazon Basics

It’s hard to find good luggage for under $100, but Amazon’s luggage does not disappoint. There are softside and hardside styles to choose from, plus garment bags , duffels and more. Amazon also boasts extensive testing to make sure their products will hold up, and though the luggage might not the absolute best quality out there, the price can’t be beat.

We were impressed with its hardside 20-inch spinner carry-on (pictured here) when we tested it on our Lab. Our analysts found it to be exceptionally easy to pack, though the ABS material wasn't as scratch-resistant as other models in our tests. Still, consumer testers liked the maneuverability and wheel performance. This style also comes in two other sizes (24 and 28 inches) and can be purchased as a two- or three-piece set.

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This luxury brand is on the pricey side but has timeless designs — from hardside to tweed fabric — that never go out of style. In fact, the brand’s marketing and aesthetics are focused heavily on its heritage. It has been a top performer in our tests, thanks to its spacious interior that's easy to pack and its wheels and handles that make it smooth and comfortable to maneuver.

The hardside cases have earned high scores in our tests — especially standing out for being scratch-resistant, lightweight and spacious — but we also love the softside Legend collection (pictured here), which is made of durable tweed fabric and leather trim.

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This fashionable yet functional travel brand was founded by actress Shay Mitchell and incorporates smart features designed to make traveling easier. It also has a stunning aesthetic, including monochromatic color schemes in which the handles and hardware match the case.

Pictured here is the Carry-On Roller, its best-selling case that comes in a range of neutral and fun hues. It was spacious for packing and easy to maneuver in our tests, and though it did scuff during use, it resisted dents well during our Lab's drop tests. Another popular style is its Mini Weekender , which can be used as a personal item that fits underneath the airplane seat in front of you.

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This company was founded by a pilot, and it makes luggage specifically for airline personnel who travel for a living. Still, it's just as functional for business and leisure travelers.

The brand primarily sells softside luggage, though it does have some hardside options available. There’s excellent attention to detail that makes frequent flying easier, like cushioning around the handles for comfort, self-aligning wheels that let you roll the luggage in any direction and abrasion-resistant nylon fabric.

The Platinum Elite softside luggage (pictured here) stood out in our Lab tests. Not only was it durable, but it was also spacious enough to hold our entire load with room to spare. The downside was that it was heavier than others, but it's a fair tradeoff for the top-of-the-line features.

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This brand increases the fun factor and makes it easier to spot your luggage in a sea of solid colors. There are adorable animal sets for kids' luggage , animal prints for adults and more. There are also options for licensed teams and art (like Britto, shown here), making your suitcase a playful yet functional accessory.

When it comes to materials, most Heys suitcases are hardside and made of polycarbonate and ABS composite. This means it's mostly ABS plastic but has a polycarbonate coating on the outside for added protection. The brand wasn't the most durable in our tests, it but earned high ease-of-use scores.

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Style is certainly important when it comes to luggage — it's an accessory, after all — but you don't want to sacrifice quality and functionality. Calpak's cases are both well-made and have unique designs. Though its assortment is tailored with fewer models than some of the big brands, Calpak still has a wide range of materials to choose from, including sleek hardside polycarbonate, printed ABS/polycarbonate blends and ripstop polyester.

Calpak's Ambeur carry-on (pictured here) was one of our testers' favorites; they especially loved the easy-to-use telescopic handle and metallic color. We also found it to be easy to pack and though it wasn't as scratch-resistant as some others we tested (which is expected for ABS composites), it still withstood dents and damage from our durability drop test.

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What is Project 2025? What to know about the conservative blueprint for a second Trump administration

By Melissa Quinn , Jacob Rosen

Updated on: July 11, 2024 / 9:40 AM EDT / CBS News

Washington — Voters in recent weeks have begun to hear the name "Project 2025" invoked more and more by President Biden and Democrats, as they seek to sound the alarm about what could be in store if former President Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House.

Overseen by the conservative Heritage Foundation, the multi-pronged initiative includes a detailed blueprint for the next Republican president to usher in a sweeping overhaul of the executive branch.

Trump and his campaign have worked to distance themselves from Project 2025, with the former president going so far as to call some of the proposals "abysmal." But Democrats have continued to tie the transition project to Trump, especially as they find themselves mired in their own controversy over whether Mr. Biden should withdraw from the 2024 presidential contest following his startling debate performance last month.

Here is what to know about Project 2025:

What is Project 2025?

Project 2025 is a proposed presidential transition project that is composed of four pillars: a policy guide for the next presidential administration; a LinkedIn-style database of personnel who could serve in the next administration; training for that pool of candidates dubbed the "Presidential Administration Academy;" and a playbook of actions to be taken within the first 180 days in office.

It is led by two former Trump administration officials: Paul Dans, who was chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management and serves as director of the project, and Spencer Chretien, former special assistant to Trump and now the project's associate director.

Project 2025 is spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, but includes an advisory board consisting of more than 100 conservative groups.

Much of the focus on — and criticism of — Project 2025 involves its first pillar, the nearly 900-page policy book that lays out an overhaul of the federal government. Called "Mandate for Leadership 2025: The Conservative Promise," the book builds on a "Mandate for Leadership" first published in January 1981, which sought to serve as a roadmap for Ronald Reagan's incoming administration.

The recommendations outlined in the sprawling plan reach every corner of the executive branch, from the Executive Office of the President to the Department of Homeland Security to the little-known Export-Import Bank. 

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with advisers in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D,C., on June 25, 2019.

The Heritage Foundation also created a "Mandate for Leadership" in 2015 ahead of Trump's first term. Two years into his presidency, it touted that Trump had instituted 64% of its policy recommendations, ranging from leaving the Paris Climate Accords, increasing military spending, and increasing off-shore drilling and developing federal lands. In July 2020, the Heritage Foundation gave its updated version of the book to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. 

The authors of many chapters are familiar names from the Trump administration, such as Russ Vought, who led the Office of Management and Budget; former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller; and Roger Severino, who was director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Vought is the policy director for the 2024 Republican National Committee's platform committee, which released its proposed platform on Monday. 

John McEntee, former director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office under Trump, is a senior advisor to the Heritage Foundation, and said that the group will "integrate a lot of our work" with the Trump campaign when the official transition efforts are announced in the next few months.

Candidates interested in applying for the Heritage Foundation's "Presidential Personnel Database" are vetted on a number of political stances, such as whether they agree or disagree with statements like "life has a right to legal protection from conception to natural death," and "the President should be able to advance his/her agenda through the bureaucracy without hindrance from unelected federal officials."

The contributions from ex-Trump administration officials have led its critics to tie Project 2025 to his reelection campaign, though the former president has attempted to distance himself from the initiative.

What are the Project 2025 plans?

Some of the policies in the Project 2025 agenda have been discussed by Republicans for years or pushed by Trump himself: less federal intervention in education and more support for school choice; work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults on food stamps; and a secure border with increased enforcement of immigration laws, mass deportations and construction of a border wall. 

But others have come under scrutiny in part because of the current political landscape. 

Abortion and social issues

In recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agenda calls for the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its 24-year-old approval of the widely used abortion pill mifepristone. Other proposed actions targeting medication abortion include reinstating more stringent rules for mifepristone's use, which would permit it to be taken up to seven weeks into a pregnancy, instead of the current 10 weeks, and requiring it to be dispensed in-person instead of through the mail.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that is on the Project 2025 advisory board, was involved in a legal challenge to mifepristone's 2000 approval and more recent actions from the FDA that made it easier to obtain. But the Supreme Court rejected the case brought by a group of anti-abortion rights doctors and medical associations on procedural grounds.

The policy book also recommends the Justice Department enforce the Comstock Act against providers and distributors of abortion pills. That 1873 law prohibits drugs, medicines or instruments used in abortions from being sent through the mail.

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Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade , the volume states that the Justice Department "in the next conservative administration should therefore announce its intent to enforce federal law against providers and distributors of such pills."

The guide recommends the next secretary of Health and Human Services get rid of the Reproductive Healthcare Access Task Force established by the Biden administration before Roe's reversal and create a "pro-life task force to ensure that all of the department's divisions seek to use their authority to promote the life and health of women and their unborn children."

In a section titled "The Family Agenda," the proposal recommends the Health and Human Services chief "proudly state that men and women are biological realities," and that "married men and women are the ideal, natural family structure because all children have a right to be raised by the men and women who conceived them."

Further, a program within the Health and Human Services Department should "maintain a biblically based, social science-reinforced definition of marriage and family."

During his first four years in office, Trump banned transgender people from serving in the military. Mr. Biden reversed that policy , but the Project 2025 policy book calls for the ban to be reinstated.

Targeting federal agencies, employees and policies

The agenda takes aim at longstanding federal agencies, like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The agency is a component of the Commerce Department and the policy guide calls for it to be downsized. 

NOAA's six offices, including the National Weather Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, "form a colossal operation that has become one of the main drivers of the climate change alarm industry and, as such, is harmful to future U.S. prosperity," the guide states. 

The Department of Homeland Security, established in 2002, should be dismantled and its agencies either combined with others, or moved under the purview of other departments altogether, the policy book states. For example, immigration-related entities from the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Health and Human Services should form a standalone, Cabinet-level border and immigration agency staffed by more than 100,000 employees, according to the agenda.

The Department of Homeland Security logo is seen on a law enforcement vehicle in Washington on March 7, 2017.

If the policy recommendations are implemented, another federal agency that could come under the knife by the next administration, with action from Congress, is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The agenda seeks to bring a push by conservatives to target diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, initiatives in higher education to the executive branch by wiping away a slew of DEI-related positions, policies and programs and calling for the elimination of funding for partners that promote DEI practices.

It states that U.S. Agency for International Development staff and grantees that "engage in ideological agitation on behalf of the DEI agenda" should be terminated. At the Treasury Department, the guide says the next administration should "treat the participation in any critical race theory or DEI initiative without objecting on constitutional or moral grounds, as per se grounds for termination of employment."

The Project 2025 policy book also takes aim at more innocuous functions of government. It calls for the next presidential administration to eliminate or reform the dietary guidelines that have been published by the Department of Agriculture for more than 40 years, which the authors claim have been "infiltrated" by issues like climate change and sustainability.

Immigration

Trump made immigration a cornerstone of his last two presidential runs and has continued to hammer the issue during his 2024 campaign. Project 2025's agenda not only recommends finishing the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but urges the next administration to "take a creative and aggressive approach" to responding to drug cartels at the border. This approach includes using active-duty military personnel and the National Guard to help with arrest operations along the southern border.

A memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that prohibits enforcement actions from taking place at "sensitive" places like schools, playgrounds and churches should be rolled back, the policy guide states. 

When the Homeland Security secretary determines there is an "actual or anticipated mass migration of aliens" that presents "urgent circumstances" warranting a federal response, the agenda says the secretary can make rules and regulations, including through their expulsion, for as long as necessary. These rules, the guide states, aren't subject to the Administration Procedure Act, which governs the agency rule-making process.

What do Trump and his advisers say about Project 2025?

In a post to his social media platform on July 5, Trump wrote , "I know nothing about Project 2025. I have no idea who is behind it. I disagree with some of the things they're saying and some of the things they're saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal. Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them."

Trump's pushback to the initiative came after Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts said in a podcast interview that the nation is "in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be."

The former president continued to disavow the initiative this week, writing in another social media post  that he knows nothing about Project 2025.

"I have not seen it, have no idea who is in charge of it, and, unlike our very well received Republican Platform, had nothing to do with it," Trump wrote. "The Radical Left Democrats are having a field day, however, trying to hook me into whatever policies are stated or said. It is pure disinformation on their part. By now, after all of these years, everyone knows where I stand on EVERYTHING!"

While the former president said he doesn't know who is in charge of the initiative, the project's director, Dans, and associate director, Chretien, were high-ranking officials in his administration. Additionally, Ben Carson, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Trump; John Ratcliffe, former director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration; and Peter Navarro, who served as a top trade adviser to Trump in the White House, are listed as either authors or contributors to the policy agenda.

Still, even before Roberts' comments during "The War Room" podcast — typically hosted by conservative commentator Steve Bannon, who reported to federal prison to begin serving a four-month sentence last week — Trump's top campaign advisers have stressed that Project 2025 has no official ties to his reelection bid.

Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, senior advisers to the Trump campaign, said in a November statement that 2024 policy announcements will be made by Trump or his campaign team.

"Any personnel lists, policy agendas, or government plans published anywhere are merely suggestions," they said.

While the efforts by outside organizations are "appreciated," Wiles and LaCivita said, "none of these groups or individuals speak for President Trump or his campaign."

In response to Trump's post last week, Project 2025 reiterated that it was separate from the Trump campaign.

"As we've been saying for more than two years now, Project 2025 does not speak for any candidate or campaign. We are a coalition of more than 110 conservative groups advocating policy & personnel recommendations for the next conservative president. But it is ultimately up to that president, who we believe will be President Trump, to decide which recommendations to implement," a statement on the project's X account said.

The initiative has also pushed back on Democrats' claims about its policy proposals and accused them of lying about what the agenda contains.

What do Democrats say?

Despite their attempts to keep some distance from Project 2025, Democrats continue to connect Trump with the transition effort. The Biden-Harris campaign frequently posts about the project on X, tying it to a second Trump term.

Mr. Biden himself accused his Republican opponent of lying about his connections to the Project 2025 agenda, saying in a statement that the agenda was written for Trump and "should scare every single American." He claimed on his campaign social media account  Wednesday that Project 2025 "will destroy America."

Congressional Democrats have also begun pivoting to Project 2025 when asked in interviews about Mr. Biden's fitness for a second term following his lackluster showing at the June 27 debate, the first in which he went head-to-head with Trump.

"Trump is all about Project 2025," Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman told CNN on Monday. "I mean, that's what we really should be voting on right now. It's like, do we want the kind of president that is all about Project '25?"

Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, one of Mr. Biden's closest allies on Capitol Hill, told reporters Monday that the agenda for the next Republican president was the sole topic he would talk about.

"Project 2025, that's my only concern," he said. "I don't want you or my granddaughter to live under that government."

In a statement reiterating her support for Mr. Biden, Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida called Project 2025 "MAGA Republicans' draconian 920-page plan to end U.S. democracy, give handouts to the wealthy and strip Americans of their freedoms."

What are Republicans saying about Project 2025?

Two GOP senators under consideration to serve as Trump's running mate sought to put space between the White House hopeful and Project 2025, casting it as merely the product of a think tank that puts forth ideas.

"It's the work of a think tank, of a center-right think tank, and that's what think tanks do," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

He said Trump's message to voters focuses on "restoring common sense, working-class values, and making our decisions on the basis of that."

Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance raised a similar sentiment in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," saying organizations will have good ideas and bad ideas.

"It's a 900-page document," he said Sunday. "I guarantee there are things that Trump likes and dislikes about that 900-page document. But he is the person who will determine the agenda of the next administration."

Jaala Brown contributed to this report.

Melissa Quinn is a politics reporter for CBSNews.com. She has written for outlets including the Washington Examiner, Daily Signal and Alexandria Times. Melissa covers U.S. politics, with a focus on the Supreme Court and federal courts.

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  1. TR Consumer Forum to take place in June 2023

    Mark your calendar for the TR Consumer Forum, which is set to take place in the week beginning 12 June 2023, and register your interest today to stay in the loop with all the latest news and ways to take part. Organised by TRBusiness and m1nd-set, the TR Consumer Forum is the only travel retail industry event that places the consumer at the heart.

  2. 2023 TR Consumer Forum dates announced; new sustainability initiative

    The 2023 TR Consumer Forum in Vienna, Austria, will take place from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 June, TRBusiness and event partner m1nd-set can confirm, with a brand new sustainability focused event set to open the agenda. Duty free and travel retail (DF&TR) stakeholders can now book their flights for the highly acclaimed forum, which is the ...

  3. Events

    The 7th annual Strategic Meetings Summit London is a one-day, buyer-focused conference designed to unite corporate travel professionals focused on strategic meetings management and provide a platform for information sharing and in person, face-to-face networking. Innovate 2024 Convene 225 Liberty St, NYC - September 30, 2024 Register Now.

  4. Business Travel Rebounds Even as Companies Cut Costs

    The business travel market totaled $245 billion in 2023, according to GlobalData, a British data analytics firm, with the market expected to reach its pre-pandemic level this year and continue its ...

  5. Business Travel News

    Business Travel News is the leading source of information serving the managed business travel and meetings market.  BTN provides business travel management professionals in multinational, large, midsize and small corporations with news, analysis, and research to help them better evaluate, select and purchase business travel and meetings for their companies.  www.businesstravelnews ...

  6. Forum

    Our forum helps like-minded business travellers and frequent flyers with the latest developments in global travel. ... 4 Oct 2023 at 12:14. LetsFlyNow. 13 ; 221 ; 4 Oct 2023

  7. Business Travel Trends: 2023 Outlook

    Overall travel budgets show an improvement over previous surveys, with 2023 budgets expected to be 98% of 2019 levels on average. Survey Highlights. Smaller companies lead demand for corporate travel. More than two-thirds (68%) of companies with under $1 billion in annual revenue expect travel budgets to increase next year, versus just 41% of ...

  8. Business Travel News Europe

    Business Travel News Europe is the leading source of information serving Europe's managed business travel and meetings market.  BTN Europe provides business travel management professionals in multinational, large, midsize and small corporations with news, analysis, and research to help them better evaluate, select and purchase business travel and meetings for their companies.  www ...

  9. Moments That Mattered in 2023: Recapping Key Events in Business Travel

    A faster-than-expected takeoff: According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the industry is rebounding faster than anticipated, and business travel spend is now expected to surpass its pre-pandemic level of $1.4 trillion in 2024. The two biggest drivers in the industry's recovery are international business trips and the return ...

  10. Homepage

    Business Travel People Awards 2023. Events calendar. Galleries. AWARDS. ... For everyone involved in booking, buying, managing or arranging business travel and meetings. OTHER TITLES. The Business Travel Magazine is published by BMI Publishing Ltd: 501 The Residence, No. 1 Alexandra Terrace, Guildford, GU1 3DA. ...

  11. GBTA Convention 2023

    GBTA Convention 2023. August 13, 2023 @ 9:00 am - August 15, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - EDT. From serving the ongoing needs of business travel professionals to looking ahead to what's needed most now by travel buyers, suppliers, business travelers and others, GBTA Convention returns for its 54th year as the global business travel event of the year.

  12. Buying Travel in 2023

    Buying Travel in 2023. By Elizabeth West. Corporate travel buyers are getting ready for some choppy waters in 2023. Pricing is already high, but airfares—at least in the United States—have dropped since their summer peak. ... Even in a booming leisure market, hotels, airlines and car rental companies need business travel and group revenues ...

  13. Topic: Travel Plans for 2023

    TGRW. Participant. 2023 travel plans are not fully settled. There will be numerous work trips from Singapore to various places in Indonesia, Tokyo, Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor all in the ...

  14. Business Travel Trends in 2023

    Higher travel costs and unreliable flights will strain businesses in 2023. Unfortunately inflation, staffing shortages, and uncertain flights will affect not just the traveling employee, but also their manager and the finance department. Business travelers should: Plan for long check-in and security lines at the airport, even with TSA pre check.

  15. PDF 2023 Business Travel Index Outlook

    ending totaled over $1 trillion inbusiness travel expenditures to recover an additional 32% this 2022, ecovering to 72%. of its 2019 high. We expect globalyear, hiting $1.36 trillion before eclipsing the pre-pandemic high o. $1.4 trillion by the end of 2024. This projected recovery is two years earlier than fo.

  16. Events calendar

    December 4 2024. July 18 2024 Business Travel Lunch Forum - Rail The Caledonian Club, London thebusinesstravelmag.com July 22-24 2024 GBTA Convention Georgia World Business travel events calendar: See what's on in 2023.

  17. Six business travel trends in 2023

    Business travel will be robust and international. In total, 72 per cent of travel managers expect their business travel volume to increase either somewhat (46 per cent) or significantly (26 per cent) in 2023, when compared to 2019. Just 13 per cent say they will likely see a decrease in the travel volume of their business in 2023 relative to 2019.

  18. Business Travel Trends and Forecast for 2023

    The demand for business travel and meetings/conferences is back with a vengeance. Business travel trends and forecasts for 2023 show that travel prices across the globe are expected to increase in the last two months of 2022 and throughout 2023. This is mainly due to rising fuel prices, inflation, and labor shortage, among many others.

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  20. Buyers optimistic of full travel recovery in 2023

    A majority of US corporate travel buyers expect their company's business travel to ramp up and return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023, according to new research by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

  21. when to buy tickets?

    Answer 1 of 8: I will be traveling round trip SFO-FCO on Air France next May. I've heard that ticket prices are lowest 8 to 12 weeks before departure. But on average, how much do you save by waiting? I ask because I wonder if the price is low enough to trade...

  22. [Latest] US Business Travel Market Size/Share Worth USD 359 Billion by

    Austin, TX, USA, Aug. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Custom Market Insights has published a new research report titled "US Business Travel Market Size, Trends and Insights By Type (Luxury ...

  23. Small and medium business travel trends

    Business travel continues to prove itself to be both resilient and vital for small and mid-sized companies, with travel costs currently the second-largest expense for businesses, behind only salaries and perks. Firm size does appear to directly correlate with the number of trips taken per year, and the money spent on them - with larger SMBs ...

  24. The 13 Best Backpacks of 2024

    The best backpacks we tested won't make your shoulders ache, even when full of heavy cargo. Our favorites come from Patagonia, Dagne Dover, and more.

  25. BREAKING: TR Consumer Forum revises June date for 2023 event

    By Charlotte Turner | Thursday, 24 November 2022 14:51. TRBusiness and m1nd-set are delighted to confirm that the TR Consumer Forum will now take place in the week commencing 19 June 2023, taking into consideration new feedback we have collected from the industry on their preferred week. This also accommodates another industry event, which is ...

  26. 14 Best Luggage Brands of 2024, Tested and Reviewed by Experts

    Find out which luggage brands are the best for your travel needs, based on expert and user reviews. Compare features, prices, and styles from top-rated brands like Away, Samsonite, Tumi, and more.

  27. What is Project 2025? What to know about the conservative blueprint for

    Here is what to know about Project 2025: What is Project 2025? Project 2025 is a proposed presidential transition project that is composed of four pillars: a policy guide for the next presidential ...

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    When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. If you can't wait until Amazon Prime Day arrives next week, fret not: there are plenty of great deals ...