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Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) operates a number of leisure travel brands. Its flagship Flight Centre brand is also present in six other countries around the world. By offering a broad range of leisure brands, FCTG is able to cater to niche sectors within the travel market. The Flight Centre brand is aimed at the mass market, Student Universe at the youth market with Travel Associates and Scott Dunn targeted at the premium market.

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Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) corporate business includes six major brands that service the needs of organisations of all sizes across multiple industries. Its global corporate network spans more than 90 countries worldwide and is made up of company-owned offices and strategic licensing agreements with leading local agencies. Corporate travel is an important part of the travel market and FCTG’s highly successful corporate travel brands account for an ever-growing proportion of the company’s overall income and profit.

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Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) owns a number of wholesale brands, which supply products to its national and international network or travel retail outlets. In some instances this will also include direct to the public and other travel agencies worldwide.

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Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has also expanded into other travel related areas, such as foreign currency exchange and travel academies, and areas where its unique business model works, including recruitment marketing and bike retailing, as well as employee benefit businesses, Healthwise and Moneywise.

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Comparing Corporate Travel’s Biggest Agencies Before and After the Pandemic

Matthew Parsons , Skift

September 29th, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT

New shapes and sizes for 2022, certainly, but more importantly a new set of priorities that may be a cause for concern for the smaller agencies left on the playing field.

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The pandemic left a frenzied 18-month period of restructuring, refinancing and acquisitions in its wake — or as one expert put it, an “arms race.”

As a result, many of the bigger corporate travel agencies look vastly different compared to before the pandemic. They also have a new set of priorities, reflecting the altered and likely much smaller trading landscape that lies ahead.

But even with business travel volumes recovering to just 80 percent of 2019 levels by the end of 2023 , Greg O’Hara, founder of private equity firm Certares , predicts they’ll end up more profitable than before as the pandemic has forced them to become leaner, more efficient machines.

The Big Downsizing

How lean did they get? O’Hara’s private equity firm manages a fund that owns 50 percent of the world’s biggest corporate travel agency, American Express Global Business Travel . This agency had 17,000 employees globally before the pandemic, but today that number is 14,000 .

It’s not the only agency to have shrunk. As early as April 2020, Flight Centre Travel Group, which includes corporate travel brands FCM and Corporate Traveller , slashed its 20,000 head count by 6,000 people .

Fellow Australian brand CTM also cut costs, announcing 1,000 layoffs last year , although reports suggested overall it may have cut up to 40 per cent of its local and international staff . It wouldn’t comment to Skift on exact pre or post-pandemic figures.

Meanwhile, U.S.-based CWT continually restructured during the pandemic. The company told Skift last year there were extended furloughs, changes to part-time roles and voluntary redundancies, but it wouldn’t confirm any numbers at the time. However, it has offloaded its huge $1.5 billion debt to hit the recovery on surer footing.

BCD Travel also succumbed to pandemic pressures, axing 3,000 employees from its workforce of 14,900 in October . CWT and BCD did not respond to requests for current numbers from Skift in time for publication.

Pretenders to the Throne

While there was cost cutting to be done, there were notable shopping sprees too . At the top end: Amex GBT is in the process of buying Egencia ; CTM acquired Travel and Transport; TripActions bought Reed & Mackay; and TravelPerk swooped on Click Travel .

Barcelona-based travel management platform Travelperk has grown considerably these past 18 months. In March 2020 it had 400 employees, and after acquiring Click Travel in July that number climbed to 600. It also raised $160 million in April this year .

“We’re one of the few players in the travel industry that continued scaling and growing since the beginning of the pandemic with a strategy that didn’t involve any layoffs,” said Avi Meir, co-founder and CEO of TravelPerk.

TripActions, meanwhile, has secured $280 million across two fundraising rounds since the start of the pandemic. A spokesperson told Skift it was roughly back to pre-pandemic levels, at around 1,500 employees, when including those onboarded as part of its Reed and Mackay deal, which saw it take on 450 employees in July this year .

TripActions has its sights set on moving up the ranks, taking over some of the “legacy” agencies’ enterprise-sized customers , while TravelPerk is actively pursuing small and medium-sized businesses. “That’s where we think there is the biggest need, and the biggest growth potential,” Meir added. “There is so much opportunity in our industry as companies look to get back traveling after the pandemic, and so much we can do to help them do that.”

The problem is, other larger agencies are also targeting small and medium-sized businesses, a market that used to be serviced by smaller agencies. Should they now be worried? And how are company travel managers reacting to having new-look agencies?

Travel Buyers are Unfazed

“The agency landscape has always been in a constant state of evolution,” said Scott Davies, CEO of the UK’s Institute of Travel Management , which represents 4,000 travel buyers and suppliers in the UK and Ireland. “The players are always adjusting their value propositions. From a travel buyer point of view, there’s no cause for concern, there’s still a lot of choice out there.”

However, they appear to be shopping around a little more than usual.

One quarter (28 percent) of buyers have switched travel management companies over the last 12 months, according to a poll of 313 European business travel managers by the Business Travel Show Europe . A further 36 percent plan to move their business by summer next year. When asked why they had swapped, 52 percent replied it was because their agency had not provided them with enough support during the pandemic.

Davies said many companies were appraising how they were treated during the pandemic, which was resulting in higher “churn.”

“In any given year, about a quarter to a third of corporates will send out requests for proposals for a new agency. That’s normal. But now they’re looking to actually change, not test the market or benchmark,” he said.

One issue that might bubble up, once travel resumes, is how well the bigger agencies will cope with dealing with so many customers, many of whom will be new if brought over from an agency they’d acquired.

“Travel buyers are thinking about their agency’s ability to scale up,” Davies added. “Some of the complexities involved with travel as it starts up again, around borders and testing requirements, technology is unfortunately struggling to solve. When travel restarts, it’s quite people-intensive on the agency side.”

However, he said travel management companies were the “great chameleons” of the travel industry. “They’re adaptable, resourceful and dynamic organziations. Whenever’s their complexity, they’ve got a long history of rising to that challenge.”

‘Next Generation Independent’

As for smaller agencies, the potential lack of service in the future has prompted one former CEO of CTM to launch his own business.

“(The agencies) are busy merging those businesses, and as a result of that, it’s like trading with a new company,” said Chris Thelen, CEO of startup agency TakeTwo Travel Solutions . “You pick up the phone, the agents aren’t the same, your account managers aren’t the same. They’re focused on integrating their new businesses. The feedback from the customers we’re looking after is that they’re not feeling the love, or the attention.”

Thelen, who was previously CTM’s North American CEO, said his vision was for Take Two to be a next generation independent. “You’ve got the CTMs, the TripActions, Egencia and Amex GBT, all of this massive arms race, and I think the customer’s a bit lost really,” he added.

The boss of another independent agency said she’s now focusing on moving away from offering just travel bookings, as business trips become more complex.

“We are heavily moving into the travel risk management area now, I think it’s the way forward,” said Bex Deadman, managing director of UK agency Blue Cube Travel . “I’m coining the term TMRC — travel management risk company.”

She added Blue Cube had won eight new clients in the last two months, six of which had never used an agency before.

“The bigger agencies will always be there, to try and take on all the smaller enterprises, but they’ve never done it that well. Their problem is scaling up enough to give the small customers the service they need,” Deadman added. “Everyone talks about how technology will take over, and it will, to streamline things, but nothing compensates for human beings saying ‘it’s fine, I’ve got you.'”

However, while there may be more companies looking to try an agency for the first time, having seen the pandemic cause so much chaos, these smaller agencies will increasingly be competing with larger agencies for that same market, and other private-equity backed startups looking to take advantage of the travel recovery.

“Here we are, in the most difficult time for our industry, and we’ve never had more startup agencies as a proportion of total market,” said Davies. “Some of the ones who were the new kids four, five years ago, like TravelPerk and TripActions, have consolidated to grow quickly. It’s a fascinating time for the sector.”

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Road warriors often have their favorite hotel brand, but in some cities, there are limited choices. In others, there might be so many choices that it is hard to decide. That’s why it can be helpful to know which brands are designed for business travelers, so you can earn points and make smart travel decisions at the same time.

Here, we look at the best hotels for business travel within the Hilton Honors , Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt programs.

Hilton Honors

Despite switching to dynamic pricing and making it more difficult to know how many points are needed to redeem for a stay, Hilton Honors has many of the world’s well-known hospitality brands under its portfolio. Among them are some of the best hotel chains for business travel.

Using hard-earned points for a vacation award redemption means waived resort fees, too. When paired with one of the fastest ways to Diamond elite status (the hotel's top level) via the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card , you have a strong contender for best hotel rewards program for business travelers who want to spend their points on a personal vacation later.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

As the flagship brand for Hilton, the Hilton brand spans the globe in both city and resort destinations. Many of its properties have meeting facilities, as well as executive lounges that are popular with elite members. Gold and Diamond members can enjoy complimentary breakfast if a club lounge isn't available — perhaps another draw for business visitors.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton

You can't go wrong with a free, made-to-order breakfast, evening happy hour with free wine, beer and cocktails plus snacks, and every accommodation offers a two-room suite. While families will be happy here, this is also a great option for business travelers (especially those traveling on their own dime). You'll have everything you need in one place — even if you're just working remotely in your suite .

Homewood Suites by Hilton

With more than 500 properties open, these all-suite accommodations come with full kitchens and separate living areas. They're intended for extended stays, making them a good fit for business travelers who want to be self-sufficient. Even better, rooms come with complimentary breakfast and an evening social hour several nights a week with free wine, beer and snacks.

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Marriott Bonvoy

With so many hotel brands in its portfolio, Marriott seemingly has one for nearly every type of traveler — from luxury-minded to budget-focused, including many built for the corporate traveler. Of course, Marriott Bonvoy’s strength as a hotel loyalty program is another major driver of business, especially with its elite member benefits guarantee and ability to earn bonus points and elite status via Marriott-affiliated credit cards . While there are a lot of Marriott Bonvoy brands that delight those who travel for work, these are the business travel hotel brands with some of the most ideal options.

Marriott Hotels

The company’s flagship brand, Marriott, comes in all shapes and sizes, from conference-oriented properties to resorts. What most have in common are several key features: Club lounges (ideal for elite status travelers or those wishing to pay for an upgrade), a TED Talks partnership that supplies unique content via in-room TVs and the Marriott Bonvoy app , and Greatroom lobby lounges (perfect for relaxing after a day of meetings).

Following a redesign announcement, Sheraton wants to become a destination for groups to gather and business travelers to be productive. In addition to club lounges that will appeal to elite status members, its public areas will feature private, soundproof studio workspaces and “productivity tables,” encouraging guests to enjoy complimentary refreshments as they work or cowork. The lobby lounge will serve craft coffee beverages in the morning and transition to a cocktail menu later in the day.

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Gaylord Hotels

This is one of Marriott’s smallest brands as it has five properties only, but the hotels are enormous. That’s because these properties are designed for meetings and events. From corporate gatherings to gigantic conventions, business and social interaction is the heart of the Gaylord brand. Cleverly, Gaylord properties incorporate leisure facilities, like entertainment programming and water parks, so that business travelers can bring the family along.

Residence Inn

Longer-stay guests can maximize productivity thanks to larger accommodations at Marriott's Residence Inn, many of which have separate living and sleeping areas, plus kitchenettes. Complimentary breakfast, and many nights of the week, free dinner with wine and beer, are among the perks that business travelers appreciate most when on the road.

You only earn 5 points per $1 spent at Residence Inns (as well as Towneplace Suites). The usual Marriott base rate is 10 points per $1. Factor this into your decision as a trade-off if you choose to stay there for the long-term amenities.

World of Hyatt

As one of the more generous loyalty programs out there, World of Hyatt offers numerous benefits, especially for elite members and for those with the World of Hyatt Credit Card . This has helped propel it in the ranks of best hotel chains for business travel. Benefits like Guest of Honor , that allow elite members to share their status with another traveler, and a reciprocal partnership with American Airlines to earn miles and points , add to the program’s popularity.

Using the points you earned on the clock for a resort award redemption means waived resort fees, too. World of Hyatt keeps life on the road healthy and well-balanced; for instance, the curated mindfulness content from Headspace available in guest rooms and via the World of Hyatt app can help business travelers looking to stay grounded.

Hyatt Regency

These business-focused hotels have full-service facilities like a restaurant, bar and meeting space. Many also have a Regency Club lounge accessible to top elite members or those willing to pay an upgrade for access.

Grand Hyatt

Designed to be large, opulent and focused on meetings and events travel, Grand Hyatt properties around the world cater well to the frequent business traveler. Amenities like a lounge for elite status members and those wishing to pay for the upgrade, a premium fitness center and restaurant mean road warriors are well cared for during a stay.

Hyatt House

These select-service, extended-stay hotels are designed for the price-sensitive traveler who wants more suite amenities than a traditional hotel room. Hyatt House properties come with apartment-style kitchen suites and workout facilities. For those with long stays in one place, it’s usually more economical (and less hassle) to stay in a hotel over signing a short-term lease for an apartment. And it’s always better to earn loyalty points, too.

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If you're choosing between business travel hotels

Hotel companies have numerous brands targeting different audiences, from budget-friendly options to luxury properties designed to pamper. The business traveler can find some form of benefits at almost all hotels, but some brands within the major programs are especially notable. The next time you travel for work, look for these hotel brands that deliver a reliable, road warrior-friendly experience.

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Reasons why BCD Travel customers have moved to TravelPerk in the past year:

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What to look for in a hotel for business travelers, the 3 best hilton hotels for business travelers, the 3 best marriott hotels for business travelers, the 3 best ihg hotels for business travelers, the 3 best hyatt hotels for business travelers, the 4 best wyndham hotels for business travelers, the 3 best choice hotels for business travelers, the 3 best accor hotels for business travelers, final thoughts.

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If you’re a road warrior, you know how important finding consistency at hotels is — no matter where you are in the world. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find this consistency.

For example, full-service hotels abroad often have significantly more amenities and services than their counterparts in the U.S. Some hotels can’t even deliver on having consistently fast Wi-Fi, which can quickly derail any business trip.

However, some hotel brands stand out among the rest in terms of delivering a reliable experience for business travelers , and today, we’re going to look at all the best options among some major hotel chains.

A business traveler’s search for a hotel looks a lot different than that of a leisure traveler.

While leisure travelers might value destination dining, luxurious rooms and amenities, and polished service, it’s probably fair to say that business travelers place more value on other aspects of hotel stays.

It’s not just free and fast Wi-Fi, either. Business travelers look for other key amenities like meeting and event spaces, grab-and-go food options, executive or club lounges, a solid fitness center, a 24/7 business center, and welcoming common areas for relaxing and working outside the room.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through our favorite hotel brands for business travelers. We’ll break it up by major hotel chain, and for each one, we’ll include at least 1 upscale brand (full-service), 1 midscale brand (limited or full service), and 1 economy brand (limited service).

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Hilton is one of the largest and most recognizable hotel chains in the world . With a storied past, prestigious locations, and consistent service, Hilton has become one of the go-to companies for business travelers.

If you have elite status in the Hilton Honors program , you can expect business-friendly benefits like free and/or premium Wi-Fi, complimentary water bottles in your room, room upgrades (if available), daily food-and-beverage credits, executive lounge access, and more. Note that the specific benefits you’ll receive depend on which level of status you hold.

1. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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The namesake, flagship brand of the Hilton family, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is known for offering hotels and resorts with enormous footprints and tons of rooms. This brand alone makes up over 20% of Hilton’s total hotel rooms worldwide.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts offer all the amenities and facilities you’d expect from a full-service hotel . Although the service won’t be as refined as you’d find at Waldorf Astoria or LXR Hotels & Resorts properties, you can count on cutting-edge meeting and event space and a high-tech customer experience, such as contactless check-in, remote room key access, and much more.

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2. DoubleTree by Hilton

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DoubleTree by Hilton is famous for its signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie. And it’s an excellent choice for business (and leisure) travelers.

DoubleTree’s commitment to upgrading the technological infrastructure across its properties has been impressive, which is one of the reasons why we like it for business travelers. This means upgraded Wi-Fi, seamless connectivity with the Hilton Honors app, 24/7 remote printing services, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Beyond that, these properties are generally more affordable than Hilton Hotels & Resorts, making them more accessible for the budget-conscious business traveler.

State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, specialized event planning services, and meeting spaces as large as 112,000 square feet all help to make it a brand worth considering.

3. Hilton Garden Inn

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The most appealing aspect of the Hilton Garden Inn brand is that it provides upper-scale accommodations at an affordable price .

And, it offers solid business-focused amenities for that same great price, including free Wi-Fi, contactless printing, and spacious meeting spaces. There’s even a grab-and-go shop for snacks!

Many properties also offer modern common areas with an inviting atmosphere to facilitate networking or just good old-fashioned relaxation.

Marriott is our second-favorite hotel chain overall for business travelers. You simply can’t beat the footprint that Marriott has around the world , as well as its emphasis on premium and luxury properties .

If you have elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program , you’ll be entitled to numerous perks that help make a business-focused stay more productive and enjoyable, such as free and/or enhanced Wi-Fi, space-available room upgrades, executive lounge access, late checkout, and more, depending on which level of status you have.

1. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

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Marriott’s flagship brand is called Marriott Hotels & Resorts , and it’s one of the industry leaders when it comes to anticipating the needs of both business and leisure travelers .

It starts with spacious, modern guest rooms designed to provide a welcome environment to work, relax, and get quality sleep.

At select properties, you can access the M Club , an executive lounge that doubles as a networking and relaxation hub.

You’ll also find the Greatroom,  an open-air space designed to help guests refocus on their work or congregate with others. There are fitness centers and innovative meeting/conference solutions to help you maximize your business gatherings and deliver with confidence.

Finally, resort properties offer spas, golf, and other luxury amenities that’ll help you unwind while on the road.

2. Sheraton Hotels and Resorts

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The Sheraton brand was a mainstay of the former SPG portfolio before it merged with Marriott in 2017.

In many respects, Sheraton and Marriott are similar — they both offer executive lounges (Marriott’s is called M Club and Sheraton’s is called Sheraton Club ), high-tech amenities, and excellent facilities. Both offer solid urban hotels as well as destination resorts. And, you can find Sheraton and Marriott properties worldwide, though Sheraton is present in more countries.

The biggest distinction between Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and Marriott Hotels and Resorts is the aesthetic .

Usually, Marriott Hotels & Resorts are contemporary in design with white and grey tones accentuating spaces with natural light. Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, on the other hand, present adventurous color schemes with purples, yellows, browns, and tans.

3. Courtyard by Marriott

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Courtyard by Marriott is the chain’s midscale brand. The brand was originally conceived with business travelers in mind , but has made strides in recent years in providing excellent accommodations for family travelers as well.

You can expect rooms to be appointed with a comfortable bed, a flexible workspace, and excellent Wi-Fi. Business travelers will also appreciate the business center, event space, and gym. It doesn’t end there, though — you might even find a relaxation space or an outdoor patio or fire pit at some properties.

Courtyard hotels are typically less pricey than Marriott or Sheraton properties, and they consistently deliver value in nearly 60 countries around the world.

Traditionally, IHG Hotels & Resorts has prioritized midscale accommodations, but business travelers should be glad to know the chain has options that range from economy all the way up to luxury.

Business travelers with elite status in the IHG One Rewards program can take advantage of perks including free Wi-Fi, late checkout, room upgrades, and more, depending on which level of elite status you have.

1. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

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InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s flagship brand, offering sprawling resorts and fantastic city properties around the world.

InterContinental properties also boast the most complete package of amenities available throughout the chain, including luxury event venues versatile enough to host meetings, conferences, weddings, receptions, conventions, and even quinceañeras!

Stays can be elevated further if you have Club InterContinental access, which includes a seamless prearrival experience, a personalized welcome, a dedicated Club InterContinental team, access to the Club InterContinental Lounge, and more spacious rooms and suites.

If you’re a high-end business traveler loyal to IHG, you’ll find everything you need here.

2. Crowne Plaza

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Crowne Plaza is a business-oriented IHG brand offering upscale (but not quite luxury) stays to its guests.

It happens to be the largest upscale brand in IHG’s portfolio with around 400 locations around the world (though the InterContinental brand is present in more countries).

Resort properties are on the rare side for this brand, so Crowne Plaza hotels are generally found in prime business hubs worldwide and excel in offering purpose-driven amenities for business travelers who also like to relax after long days.

You can expect premium Wi-Fi, a fitness center, meeting space, and fast and fresh dining options for business travelers who don’t have a lot of time to think about meals.

And after work, you’ll get to enjoy premium bedding, quiet zones, and even guaranteed wake-up calls as part of the brand’s Sleep Advantage Program .

3. Holiday Inn Express

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Holiday Inn Express is IHG’s largest brand by number of properties . One of the most recognizable choices for midscale travelers, this brand offers fantastic value for price-sensitive business travelers.

All guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast . Rooms are furnished with comfortable beds, a sitting area, and of course, you can find free Wi-Fi throughout. Holiday Inn Express properties provide meeting and event space as well — perfect for a conference or a smaller group project.

Hyatt is one of the world’s most popular hotel brands — and its trajectory is continuing upwards as it continues to offer new brands that fit all sorts of travel styles.

Travelers with elite status in the World of Hyatt program can expect perks like complimentary premium Wi-Fi, free bottled water, room upgrades (subject to availability), late checkout, free breakfast or access to the executive lounge, free parking, and more. Of course, the specific benefits you’re entitled to will vary based on which level of status you hold.

Let’s take a look at our favorite Hyatt brands for business travelers.

1. Grand Hyatt

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Grand Hyatt is our favorite Hyatt brand for business travelers . Grand Hyatt hotels can be found in some of the world’s most iconic locations and give travelers luxurious appointments, sophisticated business amenities, and a high-end experience overall.

It starts with guest rooms adorned with luxurious amenities, a spa-like bathroom, and free Wi-Fi, of course.

Transform any meetings or events you may have into Instagram-worthy happenings thanks to gorgeous event space and expert planning services at each property.

You’ll also find amenities like a Grand Club executive lounge , a high-end gym, pools, and signature restaurants.

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2. Hyatt Regency

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The Hyatt Regency brand is marketed as “Upscale Hotels with Large Meeting Spaces” — and it certainly lives up to the name. Hyatt Regency properties make up some of Hyatt’s largest properties in terms of square footage, which means they’re packed with business-friendly amenities.

Cozy guest rooms offer comfortable beds, a workspace, and free Wi-Fi. And elsewhere you’ll find multiple restaurants, modern common areas, and positively gargantuan event venues suitable for even the largest of businesses.

Some properties offer a Make Space , which is Hyatt’s term for a laid-back social area for a quick business meeting or networking. Lastly, depending on the property, you might also have access to a spa, a 24/7 gym, a pool (or multiple pools), or even a golf course!

3. Hyatt House

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The last brand we’ll talk about is Hyatt House , our favorite midscale Hyatt brand for business travelers.

Hyatt House offers apartment-style rooms with a fully equipped kitchen and a separate living area, making it feel more like a mini-apartment.

Your “house away from home” offers numerous amenities that business travelers will love, including free breakfast with a made-to-order omelet bar (in most locations), a 24/7 workout room, 24/7 guest laundry, a 24/7 grab-and-go market, a food menu, a pool, outdoor areas with fire pits and grills, a business center with remote printing, and free Wi-Fi.

Hyatt House properties also have meeting spaces complete with the latest in technology.

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Did you know that Wyndham is the largest hotel chain in the world? With over 9,000 properties globally, Wyndham’s second-closest competitor is Marriott, with around 7,500 properties.

Travelers with elite status in the Wyndham Rewards program can enjoy perks like free Wi-Fi, early check-in, late checkout, car rental upgrades at Avis and Budget, suite upgrades, and more, depending on which level of status you hold.

Let’s find out our favorite Wyndham hotels for business travelers.

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Wyndham is the upscale, full-service brand of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. With over 150 well-designed properties, Wyndham won’t fail to deliver on your upscale business travel needs.

Guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with homey amenities, and common spaces are designed to be welcoming.

Meeting spaces are extremely flexible and always upscale in feel, and elsewhere you may find a business center, a swimming pool (or pools), a complimentary airport shuttle, and a fitness center.

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2. Microtel by Wyndham

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Marketed as “The Hotel That Just Makes Sense,” Microtel by Wyndham boasts rooms and suites that deliver on midscale essentials, such as high-speed Wi-Fi, decent beds, a flat-screen TV, and coffee and tea machines. You can also book enhanced suites with kitchenettes .

You’ll be pleased to find a range of other solid amenities, as well, including complimentary breakfast , a gym, a business center with printing capabilities, a small market, and possibly a pool.

3. Ramada by Wyndham

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Ramada is Wyndham’s most prolific brand, present in an astonishing 65 countries with nearly 850 properties!

Most properties are located near airports, making it easy to fly into and out of a given city when traveling on business. Business travelers can plan events and conferences here, enjoy a free hot breakfast , or go for a swim at the outdoor pool.

Other welcome amenities include guest laundry, a business center, free airport shuttle services, and solid beds.

4. Wyndham Garden

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Wyndham’s midscale brand is Wyndham Garden . Just like Ramada, Wyndham Garden properties are often located near airports, though they can often be found in key business locations as well.

The big emphasis here is event-space versatility. At Wyndham Garden, you can host big events or small get-togethers.

Wyndham Garden is designed to be cozy and comfortable, whether you’re relaxing in the outdoor pool or giving your best PowerPoint presentation. You’ll also have access to a business center, free airport shuttle, a fitness center, and a pool, depending on the property. While Wi-Fi is free, breakfast is not.

It doesn’t get much love because of its limited luxury footprint, but Choice Hotels is actually larger than Hilton, in terms of the total number of properties!

Those who have elite status in the Choice Privileges program can expect benefits like early check-in, late checkout, reserved parking, and more.

Let’s talk about our top Choice Hotels brands for business travelers.

1. Cambria Hotels

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Cambria Hotels falls under the upscale segment, along with the Ascend Hotel Collection.

Cambria is the more business-friendly of the 2, making it the best brand for higher-spending travelers loyal to the Choice portfolio .

You’ll find stylish meeting spaces and well-equipped, technology-laden rooms with a spa-like bathroom and upscale bedding.

You’ll also get free Wi-Fi, access to the Cambria Contactless Concierge, a nice bar for networking or simply kicking back, and a fitness center.

Clarion

The midscale Clarion brand provides both business and leisure amenities, allowing you to mix work and play .

On the business side, there’s a 24/7 business center, solid meeting spaces, catering and dining options, and free Wi-Fi. Properties also have a full-service restaurant and bar, a gym, and a pool.

Comfort

Comfort (formerly known as Comfort Inn) is our final Choice Hotels brand. This brand also falls under the midscale tier, and it has a staggering 2,000+ locations worldwide !

A hearty and healthy breakfast is complimentary, as is parking.

Enjoy a spacious room with upgraded furnishings, and elsewhere you’ll find meeting rooms, a gym, free Wi-Fi, a business center (at most locations), and complimentary coffee, breakfast, and parking. Finally, you may find a hot tub, pool, or laundry at select properties.

The last chain we’ll talk about is Accor, famous for brands like Fairmont , Sofitel, and Raffles.

Some would say that the chain focuses on leisure travelers. However, with a portfolio of 5,000+ properties worldwide, there are plenty of business-friendly hotels to choose from.

Travelers who have elite status in the ALL – Accor Live Limitless program can expect benefits such as access to the executive lounge (if the hotel offers one), early check-in, late checkout, room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and more, depending on the level of status you’ve achieved.

1. Pullman Hotels and Resorts

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Our favorite Accor brand for business travelers is the premium Pullman Hotels and Resorts . Its focus is primarily on the modern business traveler and all of their needs.

Whether you’re looking for a high-end meeting space, a spot for after-work cocktails, or business facilities to help you be productive, Pullman Hotels and Resorts has you covered.

Expect a relaxing guest room that allows you to be productive but also unwind at the end of the day. The most impressive part of Pullman Hotels and Resorts, however, is its extensive conference and event facilities , whether you’re looking at micro-events or large-scale gatherings.

You’ll also get free Wi-Fi throughout the property, dining options suitable for the business traveler, and even leisure activities at select Pullman resorts, including sailing and golfing.

Novotel

Novotel is a midscale brand that offers a classic French aesthetic at an accessible price . It appeals to a mix of business and leisure travelers and has widespread name recognition.

Standard features for Novotel include at least 150 guest rooms, a minimum room size of 280 square feet, a restaurant, a bar, a gym, a pool, and even a spa in some locations.

Meeting rooms offer the latest in audio-visual technology, a big win for business travelers who need to host meetings, whether they’re virtual or in-person.

3. Ibis Styles

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The last brand we’ll be including is ibis Styles , which is known for its unique designs and comfortable rooms .

Each property looks unique, but there are a few things business travelers can always expect, including a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, active “social hubs” in common areas (typically the on-site bar or restaurant), and the “Sweet Bed” concept, which includes fluffy pillows, a mattress topper, and more in each guest room.

Most properties have meeting rooms, laundry services, and are strategically located near major business districts.

All of the major hotel chains have brands that cater almost exclusively to business travelers, or at least have brands that feature business-friendly amenities.

While each business traveler will have their own unique set of preferences, we wanted to equip you with what we believe are the best brands worldwide for business travelers so that you can make the best decision for your next business trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of hotels are the most popular for business.

In general, we love Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Grand Hyatt, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Cambria Hotels, and Pullman Hotels and Resorts for full-service hotel brands.

However, you can also find great value at DoubleTree by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt Regency, and more.

How do hotels cater to business travelers?

Hotels cater to business travelers by offering specific facilities and amenities. Fast and free Wi-Fi is a must, but well-appointed conference rooms and versatile common areas for mingling or networking are important as well.

What do business travelers want?

Business travelers want consistent facilities and reliable amenities. They usually care less about design and aesthetics and more about functional features like internet speed, meeting room spaces, business centers, and more.

How do hotels attract business guests?

The best way for hotels to attract business travelers is to gear their marketing to highlight business-friendly amenities, and then, of course, deliver on those amenities.

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The 10 best business travel backpacks for style and comfort

Zach Griff

I recently ran into a pretty big issue on a work trip.

During the middle of a flight, my laptop was running out of charge, so I opened the overhead bin and pulled down my Away backpack, which had a charger inside the main pocket.

As I went to open the pocket, I couldn't get the zipper to pull. No matter how hard I tried, the zipper was stuck.

I eventually pried the pocket open enough, and when I landed back home, my local zipper-repair shop told me that I had one of two options: buy a brand-new backpack or pay $80 to install a new zipper track (that wouldn't even match the original one).

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Away's lifetime warranty excludes backpacks (technically called "soft goods"), so I figured it was time to invest in a new bag. I wanted something that would be durable, stylish and spacious — but not too unwieldy.

I took to Instagram to ask for recommendations, and I got an overwhelming number of suggestions. I eventually distilled the list down to some top picks. And just in case you might also be in the market for a new travel backpack that works for business trips or hauling laptops around, I thought I'd share the tips, suggestions and research I used to make my decision.

Without further ado, here are the best business travel backpacks that maximize form and function.

Related: Review of the Away Larger Carry-On

Tumi Navigation Backpack

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In my informal social media poll, no brand received as much praise as Tumi . That's not necessarily surprising, as this travel gear brand has been a fan favorite for frequent flyers for many years. Though Tumi makes a handful of durable bags, the Navigation Backpack excels for a wide range of travel needs.

There's a separate padded laptop compartment (that can fit even the largest MacBooks), as well as a main storage area and plenty of other smaller pockets.

But my favorite feature is the bag's zip expansion capability, which will certainly come in handy if you pick up some souvenirs or other swag during your trip.

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The Navigation Backpack comes in five colors, giving you plenty of choices to match your personal travel style.

Tumi also offers two more contenders for the best business travel backpack: the slightly larger Alpha Bravo Search (which also came highly recommended in my Instagram poll) and the Bradner Backpack — the brand's most stylish one yet in my book.

Buy: From $525

Aer Pro Pack 20L

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As far as business-travel backpacks go, Aer's is certainly quite stylish. It comes in three colors (black, navy and olive), and it's made of sustainable materials without compromising on durability. A separate laptop compartment safeguards your most precious technology, while the main compartment is large enough for all your chargers and other travel accessories.

The standout feature is that the main compartment features a 180-degree flat-open zipper system, which gives you unobstructed access to all of your belongings.

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Plus, there's even a hidden pocket to store an AirTag or other smart device tracker so that you can locate your bag even if it's stolen or if you misplace it.

Buy: From $179

Rimowa Flap Backpack Large

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If you're looking to make a statement, Rimowa's travel bags are the way to go.

This luxury bag manufacturer has entered the travel backpack space with its new Italian-made large canvas Flap Backpack, which even sports the iconic groove design on the outside.

The inside features a padded laptop sleeve and a large drawstring compartment to fit all of your travel essentials. With a flap-top enclosure secured by a magnetic buckle (that's emblazoned with the Rimowa logo), there's no doubt this is a very stylish, spacious and durable bag.

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The one big downside? It is Rimowa and, as a result, doesn't come cheap. But it's also the bag that'll probably make the strongest first impression once you enter the boardroom.

Buy: From $1,700

Samsonite Novex Laptop Backpack

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No worries if you are shopping for a travel backpack on a more down-to-earth budget, as the Samsonite best-seller has a lot going for it, starting with the price. At just $74.99 (on a 25% off sale at the moment), it's one of the most affordable bags in this guide.

Yet, the Novex Laptop Backpack doesn't compromise on the basics. The separate laptop and tablet pocket features a special webbing system that provides extra durability in case you drop the backpack. Plus, thanks to the special supportive lining on the top front pocket, you won't have to worry about misplacing your headphones, glasses or phones.

The main storage compartment has room for all the essentials, though you may not find it large enough for a full change of clothes or a pair of shoes.

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While this backpack is a solid option and is a great deal considering the price, it doesn't feature all the bells and whistles you'd find with some of its competitors.

Buy: From $74.99

Nomatic 20L Backpack

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Though you may have never heard of Nomatic before, this brand receives rave reviews from its loyalists. The company's best-seller backpack comes in two sizes, 14 liters and 20 liters, both of which are expandable by nearly 20%.

The flat rectangular design may be controversial at first glance, but at least you can't complain about finding space for all of your gizmos. The bag has a staggering 24 unique storage compartments that range from enclosed pockets to mesh nets, and it's a great bag for those who like to stay extremely organized when they're on the road.

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Plus, with a water-resistant coating on the outside, this might just be one of the most durable travel backpacks out there.

Buy: From $279.99

Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack

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The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack has space for everything and then some. The padded rear pocket is the perfect spot for a laptop, and I love that you don't need to dig through your bag just to find your computer.

The main compartment is quite spacious, and you can even expand this space by nearly three liters, giving you more room for your belongings. Plus, the front pocket has a dedicated organizer with multiple pockets, so you'll never forget where you put your passport, charger and cables.

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This may be one of the bigger bags in this guide, but you'd never know it just from looking at it. (You could opt for the smaller Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack if you want something smaller.)

If there's one downside, it's the style — the bag isn't nearly as eye-catching as some of the others.

Buy: From $209

Incase A.R.C. Daypack

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Apple aficionados will no doubt be familiar with Incase, a popular brand of cases and protection solutions for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

That said, Incase's A.R.C. Daypack could be a great backpack option, even if you don't tote around a MacBook or iOS device. Much like an Apple product, the backpack's design is minimalist, yet highly functional.

The laptop pocket is big enough for a 16-inch computer, and it's lined in faux fur for additional protection. On top of that, the travel tech compartment has RFID-blocking technology, preventing thieves from stealing your digital info.

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A water- and stain-resistant coating, two dedicated water bottle holders and a pass-through system for rollaboard bags make this the ideal bag for anyone going from the gym to the office to the airport. If you need something bigger, Incase also makes a larger A.R.C. travel pack.

But perhaps just as importantly, both bags are made from a sustainable mixture of recycled polyester, giving them their A.R.C, or "a responsible carry," acronym.

Buy: From $127.18

Ogio Renegade RSS Laptop Backpack

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If you're looking for the bag with the most pockets, this might just be the one for you.

Ogio's flagship backpack has dedicated space for everything (laptop and iPad included) and then some. A phone pocket, two zippered side pockets, five main pockets — you might just get lost looking around for your gear.

No matter how much you stuff this nearly 30-liter backpack, you shouldn't have much of a problem carrying it around. I love the supportive padded back panel and shoulder straps, which make it easy to lug it around the airport or corporate campus.

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Just note that the bag isn't necessarily the most stylish, nor does it feature a strap to store it on the handle of your rollaboard bag.

Buy: From $160

Briggs & Riley Traveler Backpack

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At first glance, your eyes might be caught by this Briggs & Riley backpack. With its boxy corners and flat pockets, it definitely makes a statement.

Then, once you start opening the different pockets, you'll likely be impressed by how much you can fit inside, especially thanks to the 180-degree lie-flat opening that allows unfettered access to every nook and cranny.

The tablet laptop and tablet sleeve are in the same area as the main packing compartment, but it's separated by a zippered inner pocket to keep your clothes all by themselves.

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Another nifty feature includes a so-called "PowerPocket" that fits an external battery pack and keeps a charging cable within easy reach for a quick boost of juice while you're on the go.

Style, form and function — this backpack is a winner, and while it isn't the cheapest in the line-up, it also doesn't come with the Tumi or Rimowa price tag.

Buy: From $329

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

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Sometimes, the simplest solution is actually the best. If you're the type of person who ascribes to the "less is more" philosophy, then Bellroy's Classic Backpack Plus is probably your best bet.

You won't find any complicated zippers or expandable compartments inside, but this bag packs a mighty style punch in a versatile package.

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There are two main compartments in the backpack — one for your laptop and another for the rest of your belongings. The front of the bag features a small zip pocket for storing small essentials, and that's basically it. But don't be fooled; the bag sports a 24-liter capacity, so you'll find plenty of room for your gear.

If simplicity is what you're after, then you can't go wrong with Bellroy's flagship backpack.

Buy: From $189

Bottom line

Now that my Away Backpack is really on its last breath, I find myself facing decision anxiety.

There are 10 great choices for a replacement, and I'm torn as to which one to use going forward. I'm personally a big fan of the Rimowa design, but that $1,700 splurge might need to wait until I write my holiday wishlist.

Until then, I'm currently leaning toward a Tumi backpack. After all, there must've been a reason that it was the most-loved business travel backpack in my research.

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The business traveler u.s. awards 2022: hotels.

by Business Traveler

December 5, 2022

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The hotel industry achieved record numbers in bookings this year, as they welcomed business and leisure travelers back. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts came out on top in three categories, including Best Wellness Resort . What are the Best Business Hotel Brands around the world, and who has the Best Loyalty Program? Check out our complete list of winners before you book your next stay.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Five business traveler u.s. travel awards.

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London Marriott Hotel County Hall / Photo: Courtesy of Marriott Hotels and Resorts

On a trajectory toward becoming the largest hospitality company on the planet, it is no surprise that Marriott International is garnering awards including Best Business Hotel Brand in Europe and Best Brand for Extended Stays . Learn why the company—which includes some 30 brands—earned five awards this year .

Pebble Beach Resorts

Best golf resort.

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Pebble Beach Resorts, 18th hole / Photo: Sherman Chu

A “must play” for every golfer who has watched the U.S. Open conclude here beside the pounding waves of the Pacific, Pebble Beach takes this year’s trophy. In addition to the spectacular holes along the ocean on the Links, the resort offers play at nearby Spyglass Hill, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Del Monte and the nine-hole Hay course redesigned by Tiger Woods. A room overlooking dunes and surf at Spanish Bay or among the intimate Mediterranean luxury of Casa Palmero complete the perfect resort recipe. Even the burger at The Tap Room is famous here—as you may also be, when the announcement comes over the loudspeaker that next up on the first tee is…you. —Jeff Wallach

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Best business hotel company in north america.

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Crowne Plaza Norcross, Common Area / Photo: Ryan Long Photography

With companies including InterContinental, Kimpton and Indigo, IHG Hotels has nearly a million rooms on offer, with more to come. The company’s IHG Business Edge program has been developed specifically for small to medium business enterprises. The one-stop-shop portal provides a customized place to manage company travel, gain discounts and access amenities and services, plus earn upgrades to IHG One Rewards Silver Elite status after just one Business Edge stay. Meet peers and fellow businesses online and access bonus stays at some of the world’s top hotels. —Lark Gould

The Peninsula Hotels

Best sustainable hotel in north america.

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The Living Room at The Peninsula Beverly Hills / Photo: Courtesy of Peninsula Hotels

The peninsula hotels’ commitment to the planet can be seen in such important policies as sustainable food sourcing, plant-based cuisine, robust food donation programs and reduction of water use. In North America, the luxury brand formed a partnership with La Bottega hotel toiletries, resulting in a vegan line free of parabens, silicone, gluten and soy, and contained in packaging that is 99.9 percent free of single-use petroleum plastics. Shower caps, toothbrushes and razors are now made from cornstarch, wheat, wood and recycled metal. In addition, look for rooftop gardens and urban farms at properties in New York and Beverly Hills. —Lark Gould

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Best hotel brand in the caribbean best luxury hotel brand.

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Le Cinq restaurant located in the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris / Photo: Peter Vitale

An icon of luxury since Isadore Sharp opened the first location in Toronto in 1961, the Four Seasons brand is still going strong 61 years later. The hospitality leader now operates some 120 hotels and resorts, 45 residential properties in major city centers, and aspirational destinations in 47 countries—with more than 50 projects in the pipeline. The company recently unveiled its Luxury Is Our Love Language campaign, celebrating the brand’s original approach to the very best in hospitality.

As an example of that philosophy, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was noted this year for having the most Michelin stars held by a single luxury hospitality brand: 28 stars across 21 restaurants in 16 hotels around the world. This culinary success has been led by Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V, which has maintained its three stars at Le Cinq as well as single stars at Le George and L’Orangerie.

Closer to home, the Caribbean has three Four Seasons options to consider: Nevis, Anguilla and the Bahamas. Each offers a stay different from the others—one shrouded in the mists of a mountain retreat, one fanning out to a personal beachfront, and one evoking old-world elegance. Still to come is Four Seasons Caye Chapel, an island complex of overwater bungalows and private residences at the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. “The demand for luxury experiences is stronger than ever, and we continue to enhance our portfolio and empower our people to reach even higher, always pushing the boundaries to create exceptional experiences,” says Four Seasons president Christian Clerc. —Lark Gould

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Best wellness resort.

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Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort / Photo: Robb Aaron Gordon

Tranquil banyan forests and lush clifftop gardens are the perfect ingredients for rest and relaxation—but at the Sensei Lanai, scenery is only an hors d’oeuvre. This adults-only Four Seasons escape draws guests to Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island, Lanai, with a robust wellness menu: cutting-edge fitness, thermal body mapping, meditation gardens, spa treatments, infrared saunas, plunge pools, aquatherapy and lakeside yoga. Through private meetings with specialists, guests unlock curated wellness action plans, such as mindset training or nutrition. Clean cuisine at the fresh and on-site Nobu restaurant is the Sensei Lanai’s ultimate cherry on top. —Stephanie Vermillion

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Best business hotel brand in asia.

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Sora Skybar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Photo: Andrew Loiterton

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts gets this year’s accolades for its rapid rise in Asia, from Hong Kong to Rajasthan, showcasing the company’s evocative design and sensibility in some of the world’s most compelling destinations. Rosewood manages more than 30 luxury hotels, resorts and residences in 17 countries, with 24 new properties under development. In Asia, Rosewood is choosing business hubs in China to offer its properties, each with a focus on sense of place, whether in wellness, cuisine, interior comforts or exquisite flows. New properties in Cambodia and Thailand are also gracing the portfolio. Look for openings in Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Ningbo, Hôi An, India and the Philippines as the decade rolls out. —Lark Gould

Kimpton Hotels

Best boutique hotel brand.

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Peacock Room, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot New Orleans / Photo: Cris Molina for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Though some may find it surprising to hear the winner of this award, Kimpton has long offered a smaller, more intimate product than its brand competitors, making it ideal for company getaways, meetings or retreats. Indeed, when founder Bill Kimpton launched the brand with the Clarion Bedford Hotel in San Francisco in 1981, he aspired to recreate the smaller hotels he enjoyed in Europe (current properties in Key West and Santa Barbara offer fewer than 50 rooms). Acquired by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in 2015, the San Francisco-based brand is one of the fastest growing in the portfolio, with new properties cropping up in Australia, New Orleans and Thailand. Unusual amenities such as sunset lamps and virtual therapy are just some of its outside-the-box takes on what a hotel experience can offer. —Lark Gould

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Economy vs premium vs business class: Travel experts compare all three Air India A350 cabins simultaneously, from golden pillows to 'unbelievable' economy food

  • The new cabins are part of a $400m (£315m) refurbishment programme  
  • Money well spent? Travel experts from The Points Guy find out... 
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International holidaymakers flying to Delhi can now buckle up in Air India 's new flagship aircraft - the Airbus A350 - which is now operating between Dubai and the Indian capital, as well as on domestic routes.

Inside, they feature brand-new cabins that are part of a $400million (£315million) refurbishment programme.

To discover if this is money well spent, travel experts from The Points Guy put all three A350 cabins to the test simultaneously, filming their experiences in business class, premium economy and economy on a domestic flight from Bengaluru Airport to Delhi. 

The compelling footage reveals 'fantastic' crew members in 'chic' uniforms, golden pillows, and 'mindblowing' inflight entertainment. Plus 'unbelievable' economy food.

Read on for the full verdicts. 

Economy 

Putting Air India's economy offering to the test is Points Guy Editor at Large Nicky Kelvin , who seems to enjoy his time in the most commonly booked cabin. 

Nicky told MailOnline Travel that at Bengaluru Airport the 'queue was quiet and the check-in process was easy', declaring in the full video review on YouTube that the one-year-old hub is 'next level' and 'spacious' with a 'really nice vibe'.

When boarding, he is greeted by crew in brand-new uniforms - including saris for the women - which he dubs 'chic'. 

However, it's the experience in the cabin that most travellers care about. So how was it?

Nicky said: 'First impression-wise, the aircraft felt brand new, with the freshest feel. 

'The economy cabin, laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration, had plenty of room and comfy seating with loads of legroom and a big recline.

'The seat also came with a screen and headphones. Amazingly, the inflight entertainment holds over 1,600 hours, so you’ll never get bored.' 

Nicky adds that there are various charging points - including USB-C and USB-A.

What impressed the most? The food.

Nicky dines on fresh fruit, porridge and a south Indian breakfast dish that he describes as 'impressive'. 

Testing out the speed of the service, Nicky completes what The Points Guy dubs the 'call bell challenge', where team members evaluate how long it takes for the crew to respond after they push the assistance button. 

Nicky noted: 'The crew came to my call in 35 seconds. A very fast response.'

In the full video, Nicky concludes: 'That flight was brilliant... [but] the best thing was the food. 

'It's honestly unbelievable getting this amazing hot meal service - it was so tasty and an unbelievable breakfast. 

'The crew on Air India will blow you away. They are fantastic. The warmest, friendliest people [with] amazing new uniforms and so proud of the airline they fly for.'

Premium economy 

Senior marketing manager Liam Spencer tries out the Air India premium economy offering, which is in a 'super exclusive' cabin of just three rows, with the seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

After navigating his way through 'one of the most stunning airports he's ever seen', Liam sits down on the plane and assesses the set-up. 

He told MailOnline Travel: 'The airport holds a tonne of different options for dining and has an overall nice vibe to it.

'The premium cabin itself is only three rows, which made the experience feel super exclusive and luxurious. 

'The recline seating goes back a long way, and the seat offered different footrest options. It was a nice touch that the seat also came with a reading light.

'The cabin also supplied pillows and blankets for a comfy rest if needed. This is a lovely touch that I appreciated.' 

Liam points out in the video that the seat features a 'very handy' UK-India plug socket and he's impressed with the food, which he orders from a 'beautiful menu with lots of options'. 

The flier dines on paneer and daal, traditional Indian foods, as well as a pastry and fruit.

He told MailOnline: 'The food was fresh and delicious, a very solid premium economy breakfast,' adding: 'If I was served that at Dishoom I probably wouldn't have complained.'

The icing on the cake is the call bell challenge, with the crew taking only 11 seconds to respond to Liam's request - a time he says was 'pretty quick'.

Business class 

The business-class cabin, which is in a 1-2-1 configuration, is assessed by travel content creator Maz Green, who posts about her experiences on instagram.com/where.to.find.me .

Her ticket grants her access to the lounge in Bengaluru Airport, which goes down a treat.

She enjoys freshly cooked dosa - Indian-style pancakes - and told  MailOnline: 'The lounge had to have been the nicest I have ever been in, with huge sections and a lovely bar area.'

Maz also enjoys the (actual) red carpet that's rolled out for business-class passengers at check-in, explaining that it makes her 'feel special'.

After boarding the plane, Maz settles in to seat 3A and receives  a drink and a warm towel to wash her hands with. 

She notes that there is a 'cushioned leg rest' as well as a mirror, a cabinet for shoes, a seat massage function and a button to indicate to the crew that you want total privacy.

The content creator told MailOnline: 'The cabin felt super comfy and very wide. 

'The seating itself was extremely cosy and cushioned, and I was very impressed by the storage space. 

'The inflight entertainment was huge and blew my mind. I loved the private seating and personalised cloakroom.'

The flier added: 'Business class offers a soft blanket and gold satin pillow for passengers. This was a lovely addition to my experience.' 

Maz says of the seat on the video: 'You're not going to get much bigger. It feels like my own little room with the sliding door giving total privacy.'

The business-class breakfast includes a traditional Indian dish of dosa and ven pongal, as well as pastries, a yoghurt, fruit, butter and jam and a sambal (spicy sauce) 

Maz commented: 'Considering it was a two-hour flight, I was very happy with the number of options they offered. I really enjoyed the breakfast they served me.' 

In the full-length video she adds that the meal 'didn't shy away from spice' and was 'super fragrant', although one item was a little dry. 

To top it all off, the business-class crew wins the call bell challenge, responding to Maz's request in just 10 seconds.  

On YouTube, viewers weighed in with their thoughts on Air India's service. 

User 'yuvrajgulabani_B787-9' said: 'I think that Air India has made significant progress in recent years, including improvements in its financial performance, operational efficiency, and customer service. 

'The airline has implemented various measures to enhance its competitiveness, such as fleet modernisation, route optimisation, and cost-saving initiatives. 

'Despite facing challenges, Air India continues to make strides in strengthening its position in the aviation industry.'

While 'TravelSingFlyEnglishEdition' noted: 'I was on the inaugural flight of this aircraft. 

'The atmosphere was amazing because there are so many aviation geeks in India.

'I came all the way from Germany and it was all worth it.'

For more from The Points Guy, visit thepointsguy.com/uk-travel . To see the original Air India review video click here.

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Biden looks to lower the carbon footprint of business travel

As the aviation industry lobbies for sustainable jet fuel, new tax breaks could help lower the carbon footprint of business travel.

By Elsa Wenzel

May 6, 2024

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U.S. airlines use sustainable fuel in less than 0.1 percent of flights . Yet the government wants 10 percent of the industry to run on sustainable fuel by 2030, and to reach 100 percent by 2050 .

The scale of the challenge is massive: United Airlines used 7 million gallons of sustainable fuel last year, according to company spokesman Sam Coleman. "That was a threefold increase from the year before, which is great, except that United Airlines burns between 3 and 4 billion — with a B — gallons of fuel every year."

Air travel creates 2 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and 12 percent of transportation emissions, according to the Department of Energy. There will be a projected 40.1 million flights in 2024 , up from 36.8 million the year before.

The carbon footprint of business travel could get lower

Put simply, air travel simply isn’t anywhere close to being sustainable.

Yet chief sustainability officers — looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their business travel operations — would dearly love it to be.

The Biden administration sought to change that April 30 when it announced that producers of corn- and soy-based jet fuel who use "climate-smart" farming practices will be eligible for new tax credits. 

The administration’s guidance, which isn’t final, could help other businesses reduce the carbon footprint of their employees’ travel. Salesforce, for one, plans to buy sustainable fuel certificates for 5 percent of its Scope 3 emissions for air travel.

The move came after the launch April 29 of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition (SAFC), a lobby group of 40 aviation businesses including American Airlines and United Airlines. The group will push for increased investment in sustainable fuel.

SAF makes up more than two-thirds of the emissions reductions needed by International Air Transport Association members to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Credit: IATA

SAF makes up more than two-thirds of the emissions reductions needed by International Air Transport Association members to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Credit: IATA

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"Sustainable" is a relative term when it comes to jet fuel. It is typically blended with regular jet fuel in a ratio of between 10 to 50 percent . It can reduce carbon emissions by up to 85 percent over its lifecycle, according to Boeing Aerospace, even though by its nature it still involves burning fossil fuel and producing CO2.

Sustainable jet fuel is expensive

Sustainable fuel costs two to four times more than fossil fuel. That "green premium" hampers adoption, and demand outstrips the supply, according to the International Air Transport Association .

That’s where the new government subsidies come in. Producers using corn for ethanol or soy for biodiesel can now qualify for tax credits of between $1.25 to $1.75 per gallon of fuel produced. They must be able to demonstrate that they used regenerative agriculture: cover crops, energy-efficient fertilizer and did not till their soil to make the fuel.

Critics want crops for food, not fuel

The cost — and the continued use of petroleum — are why many in the airline industry regard crop-based fuel as a "bridge" that will eventually lead to "third-generation fuels" from hydrogen and carbon capture.

"While some may view this announcement as being too stringent or too lenient for crop-based fuels, we believe that it strikes the right balance between getting the science right and incentivizing lower carbon fuel production with the feedstocks and production processes that we have available today," said John Hebert, senior policy adviser for transportation at think tank Third Way.

Environmental groups expressed wariness over the plan to grow crops for fuel instead of food. "U.S. airlines should align with their European counterparts in demanding sustainable aviation fuel made from feedstocks that don’t compete with food production," Dan Lashof, World Resources Institute director , told GreenBiz.

That’s not part of the administration’s vision, however. It’s all about jet fuel: The new tax breaks are "a big step forward for American farmers, for American innovation, for American jobs and America's ability to cut carbon pollution for our transportation sector and to protect our planet," said John Podesta, the senior clean energy advisor to Biden who oversees spending under the Inflation Reduction Act, at a press event Monday.

New laws require sustainable fuel

But governments the world over seem intent on forcing a market for sustainable fuel into existence. Among them:

  • As of April 24, a new Nebraska law offers a tax credit of 75 cents per gallon to SAF producers. After Iowa, the state is the second biggest producer of ethanol .
  • Illinois, the third largest U.S. ethanol producer , is offering a tax credit of $1.50 per gallon for those who purchase sustainable fuel. Washington state will offer a credit of up to $2 per gallon, once facilities there pump up at least 20 million gallons per year.
  • In 2025, the European Union will begin requiring its airports to use a minimum of 2 percent sustainable fuel, reaching 63 percent in 2050.
  • All flights originating in the U.K. will be required to run on 10 percent sustainable fuel by 2030 , under its sustainable aviation fuel mandate published in April . The target includes supplying 1.2 million metric tons of fuel annually.

"SAF will enhance domestic energy security, create new markets for American farmers, reduce aviation emissions and drive next-generation technology development," said Alison Graab, executive director of the SAF Coalition and a transport industry lobbyist.

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By Ed Clowes, news reporter

The FTSE 100 has remained stable out of the gate this morning after hitting a record high on Wednesday as better-than-expected inflation data in the US raised hopes of an interest rate cut in September.

It's been a busy start to the day with financial updates from BT Group, Premier Foods, Sage Group, and easyJet.

We'll start with easyJet, after the airline announced that its chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren, would step down in January 2025.

Mr Lundgren, who has served as CEO since 2017, will be replaced by the carrier's finance boss Kenton Jarvis.

In a financial update on its performance throughout the first half of the year, easyJet reported slightly higher revenues than anticipated, while cutting its losses compared to the same period last year.

The airline's share price fell by 6% in early trading this morning.

Elsewhere, telecoms giant BT said it had completed a £3bn cost-cutting programme ahead of schedule, and announced a further £3bn in planned savings by 2029.

The company told Sky News that the planned reductions in spending would not lead to more job losses, after BT announced last year that it would eliminate 55,000 roles.

Incoming boss Allison Kirkby said she wanted the business to prioritise the UK, with some analysts expecting BT to look at the futures of its Italian, Irish, and American divisions.

And last but not least, one of Europe's largest sellers of Rolex watches has said that sales in the UK are still down because some tourists don't want to buy here "due to the lack of VAT free shopping".

Nice for some.

The price of a healthy packed lunch has soared by around 45%, according to new research.

A lunch of wholemeal bread and fruit is more expensive for parents to put together than less nutritious versions with chocolate spread and crisps, The Food Foundation charity has found.

Unhealthy lunches for the research were made up of white bread with chocolate spread instead of wholemeal with cheese, flavoured yoghurt rather than a plain, unsweetened version and snacks such as crisps as opposed to the four portions of fruit and vegetables incorporated into the healthy lunch.

And when it came to the cheapest supermarket to buy a healthy packed lunch, Tesco topped the list with a weekly cost of £8.56 as of this month.

Morrisons was the most expensive retailer, with the price of a healthy packed lunch per week coming in at £11.72, although this was down slightly from £11.80 in October.

The equivalent cost at Sainsbury's was £10.47, Aldi was £10.08 and Asda was £9.18.

Research also showed the largest price rise in recent months was at Sainsbury's, where customers have to spend 9% more than they did at the start of the academic year in September (£9.61) for the same packed lunch.

Shona Goudie, policy and advocacy manager at The Food Foundation, said, the government's stringent eligibility criteria to qualify for free school meals was "leaving hundreds of thousands of children" who are living in poverty "at risk of malnutrition".

"No one should be priced out of being able to provide healthy food for their children and retailers need to do more to support families to afford the food they need," she said.

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We spoke to three buskers to find out what it's like performing on the street in the UK.

Amir, 29, came to UK from Pakistan with passion for music

Amir Hashmi moved to the UK in 2022 to study, said he began busking in central London 10 months ago because "music was his passion".

"In Pakistan there are many problems so I decided to leave and move to London. I feel I can do better in London than my country," he said.

He said busking was now his primary income but at times he did jobs at warehouses to get by.

"I never started this for money, I started because it is my passion but now this is my main job as well," he said.

Amir, who often performs in the capital's Piccadilly Circus or along Oxford Street, said often he returned home with just £10-15 in his pocket after a day's busking.

He said: "Many times I sleep without food and sometimes I sleep on the floor of the road when I have no shelter.

"I don't have my own place to live but I have friends who often let me stay with them. They don't charge me any rent - they look after me.

"Sometimes I do private shows for income but it's very hard because the cost of living is increasing. If I go somewhere then most of the time I prefer to walk. I walk with my speakers and carry my gear."

Despite his financial struggles, Amir said he wanted to continue performing on the street as his "goal was to make people happy".

He said: "With busking, there is no stage and you can just start performing. Whenever I am performing, I connect with the people who have come to listen. If I feel people are not enjoying it, I change the song and try and make them happy."

Earlier this year, Amir recorded a song with Neha Nazneen Shakil, a Malayalam actress from India, who approached the singer three months ago in Oxford Street.

"I wrote that song 12 years ago and after all these years my song has been recorded now in London," he added.

Jade, 24, quit retail to busk

Jade Thornton, from Amersham, started busking in 2017 with a friend after leaving college at the age of 17 and quickly realised it was something she enjoyed doing and could make a living from.

She began doing it full-time at the end of 2018 but when the pandemic hit she described becoming "unemployed overnight" and having to take up retail jobs to support herself.

"I chose not to go to university - I just thought it wasn't for me so I went straight into some part-time retail jobs," she said.

"I take my cap off to anyone who does retail - it is one of the most gruelling jobs. People who do retail don't get nearly as much respect as they deserve. 

"Some of the customers I was facing were not that kind and I thought this is making me miserable, so I just thought 'if I don't leave now then when?'"

As the global economy slowly began to recover, she decided to leave retail and pursue music full-time in 2022.

"It is hard to switch off - I do busking but I am constantly messaging clients, writing set lists and learning songs," she said.

When it came to finances, Jade said there was no average to how much she could earn but it could fluctuate from £15-100 day-to-day depending on a number of factors.

"It relies on the time of month, whether the sun is out, if people have been paid, if Christmas is on the way or if Christmas has just passed," she explained.

The musician said she did struggle initially when she began busking but her parents were always supportive.

She said: "You obviously get a few questions from people asking 'are you sure you want to quit your job and sing on the street?'

"I lived at home for a long time and I'm grateful my parents could support me in that way because I know not everyone has that opportunity."

While performing outdoors is now Jade's full-time job, she said some months were more difficult to make money than others.

"If I'm being brutally honest in months like January and February it would be super difficult. This year I had enough gigs in December to cover me for January," she said.

"Last year from June-July and December I did not have to go busking because I got so many gigs through busking. I'm part of a lot of online agencies and I also do lots of pub gigs, weddings, birthdays and other events."

Jade noted though that the cost of living crisis had made things harder.

She said: "A few pub gigs I've had have been cancelled because they've had to rethink their strategies but if somebody cancels then I can just go out busking. There has been a slight dent when it comes to finances but that's from COVID as well - with COVID I was unemployed overnight."

The young musician went on to say she was "very grateful" when somebody did tip her and even small gestures like sitting, listening or just a smile were "currencies in themselves".

"It's escapism for me as a singer and then it's escapism for the audience as well," she added.

"Children also have such a great time listening to buskers and some may not have an opportunity for many reasons to go and see live music so if they can come across it in the street and that can spark something that's a wonderful thing to think I'm a little part of that."

Charlotte, 34, long-time busker

Charlotte Campbell, 34, who usually busks along the Southbank or in the London Underground, said she started busking during the 2012 London Olympics and while "busking used to be enough", more recently she has had to take on more gigs in the evening.

"A typical day is usually busking until around 6pm and then a gig in the evening - 8pm onwards," she said.

"I could still probably make a living from busking but I've taken on more paid gigs since the pandemic because everything became so uncertain. I think that uncertainty has just carried through now - that seems to be the way of life now."

The musician said tips for her CDs, which she puts on display during her performances, ranged between £5-10 and in the current cashless climate a card reader was "essential".

She said she pre-sets her card reader to £3 when playing on the Southbank and £2 when busking inside the London Underground "because people are rushing".

While she described her earnings as a "trade secret", she said the busker income had "definitely gone down" but this was due to a few factors - the pandemic, people carrying less cash and the cost of living crisis.

"Also, a lots of pitches have closed which means there are a lot more buskers trying to compete for one spot so all of those things have impacted my living as a busker," she said.

"I would say even though my income is primarily from busking I have had to subsidise it with more paid gigs than before. I just haven't felt as secure in my living from busking in the last couple of years.

"Most of the gigs I have are booked by people who have seen me busking so indirectly busking is my entire career- if I don't busk I wouldn't get the gigs I play in the evening. So directly and indirectly busking is my entire income."

In spite of uncertainty, she said it was freeing to be able to go out and perform for people in an intimate way.

"You are not up on a stage and there is no separation between you and them.  It's a really great connection you can make - I want to be able to hold onto that," she added.

Every Thursday  Savings Champion founder Anna Bowes  gives us an insight into the savings market and how to make the most of your money. Today she's focusing on children's accounts...

While the rates on adult savings accounts have risen and fallen over the course of 2024, the top rates on accounts for children have remained stable - but are pretty competitive once again, as other account rates have started to fall. 

And there are plenty of different types of savings accounts to choose from, from the tax free Junior ISA, to children's regular savings accounts, fixed term bonds and easy access accounts.

Those who are able to start saving for their children early, could significantly improve their financial health in the future – especially when taking compounding interest into consideration.

If you were to save £50 a month from birth, you could give them a gift of more than £17,250 at age 18, assuming a tax-free interest rate of 4.95% - which is currently the top Junior ISA rate available.

If you, your friends and family were able to gift a total of £9,000 a year to a child (the current Junior ISA allowance), at the same rate, you could give them almost £265,000 when they reach 18. 

Now that's a gift worth having!

Children have their own personal allowance, so for the majority there will be no tax to pay on their savings interest. 

However, parents should be aware that there may be a tax liability to themselves on the interest earned on any money they gift to their children, until they reach the age of 18. 

If the gross interest earned is less than £100 for each parent's gift, it will be treated as the child’s under a 'de minimis' rule. 

This means that provided the interest earned does not make the child a taxpayer, they will be able to offset this against their personal tax allowance, so it will often be free of tax. 

But if the interest is more than £100 for each parent's gift, then it will be treated as that parent’s interest for tax purposes and therefore they may need to pay tax at their marginal rate - if it takes them above their Personal Allowance and/or Personal Savings Allowance.

Gifts from any other family members or friends will not be viewed in the same way. Instead, any interest earned will be treated as belonging to the child themselves and therefore can be earned tax free if they are non-taxpayers.

The exception to this rule is on funds deposited into a JISA, Child Trust Fund or NS&I Premium Bonds.  The returns from these are tax free for all.

Almost a third of people are making the mistake of buying their travel insurance on the day of their trip, data from Go Compare has shown.

The figures found that just 17% of people took out their policy within six months of their holiday.

While you can buy travel insurance right up until the moment you leave the UK, doing so risks some key areas being missed off your cover.

Go Compare's Rhys Jones says it can result in cancellation cover not being included, and this is one of the main reasons people claim on their insurance policy. 

Pre-existing conditions might be missed off as well. 

"If you have a pre-existing condition that could flare up and cause complications, a last-minute travel insurance policy may not cover it," he said. 

"So while you can buy insurance right up until the moment you travel, it's often best to get it earlier so that you have more options and more cover available." 

If you are looking to buy travel insurance while you're already abroad, you may have to purchase a specialist post-departure travel insurance policy instead. 

This type of cover is only available from a few companies, so there are fewer options available, and they are generally more expensive. 

It's also worth noting that if you do buy this policy, you may have to wait 24, 48 or 72 hours before it begins. 

Rhys recommends organising your insurance as soon as you have booked your trip, saying it "could save you considerable money and stress". 

A record 3.1 million emergency food parcels have been handed out in just a year, according to a charity.

The Trussell Trust says 3,121,404 were distributed by its network of 1,300 food banks in the year to the end of March.

Some 1,144,096 were for children and nearly two million for adults. The total is nearly double that of five years ago.

The number of parcels given out during the 12 months to March 2023 was just under three million.

You can read more here...

Nearly 40% of money laundering around the world is flowing through London, overseas territories and crown dependencies, the deputy foreign minister has said.

In a speech at the Bright Blue thinktank, Andrew Mitchell said the dirty money was passing through the capital and that "crown dependencies and the overseas territories have not yet done as much as they must do", The Guardian reports.

"If these overseas territories and crown dependencies want to have our king and our flag, then they must also accept our values, which is why we are so intent on ensuring dirty money cannot flow in and from there," he said.

The comments come a month after Mr Mitchell promised to work with the international community to tackle illicit flows of money "through increased transparency of company ownership".   

Feel like you've been on hold to the taxman for hours? You're not alone.

Customers spent around seven million hours collectively waiting to speak to HMRC in 2022/23, the spending watchdog has revealed.

That's more than double the time spent waiting in 2019/20, which was around 3.2 million hours.

It's the equivalent of 798 years.

Once answered, calls more than doubled to over 23 minutes in 20022/23, up from just over 11 minutes.

Advisers also answered 22% fewer calls.

HMRC's strategy is to encourage customers to turn to its digital services first - but it is not clear how far and fast digital services will reduce demand for telephone and correspondence services, the National Audit Office said.

And the move to digital services has not eased pressure on traditional services as much as HMRC expected.

Gareth Davies, head of the NAO, said: "HMRC's telephone and correspondence services have been below its target service levels for too long.

"While many of its digital services work well, they have not made enough of a difference to customers, some of whom have been caught in a declining spiral of service pressures and cuts. HMRC has also not achieved planned efficiencies.

"HMRC must allow more time for these services to bed in and understand the difference they make before adjusting staffing levels."

New York has topped the list when it comes to the world's wealthiest cities, with 349,500 millionaires and 60 billionaires. 

In its latest report,  Henley & Partners  found the Big Apple's millionaire population has surged by 48% in the past decade.

And San Francisco came in second place, with 305,700 millionaires and 68 billionaires.

Meanwhile, Tokyo has seen its millionaire population declining by 5% to 298,300 people.

Joe Biden has confirmed he is going to raise the special tariff on electric vehicles coming from China. 

The standard US tariff (the amount you have to pay to get goods into a given country) on cars used to stand at 2.5% but then Donald Trump levied an extra 25% tariff on China in 2018. 

Now, Mr Biden has gone further and is quadrupling the tariff to 102.5%.

Why is the US doing this?

Our economics and date editor Ed Conway  describes the latest move as "one of the biggest issues in economics right now".

He says the move "is partly because the US is worried about competition from China".

China in the past few years has become dominant when it comes to electric cars and their manufacture of the components that go into the vehicles.

But they are not dominant when it comes to electric car imports into the US.

"The US is trying to increase its share but it is going to be difficult," Conway says

"It's only the beginning of a very big saga here and the next question is what about the EU and UK?"

Will it have an impact?

Conway says the new electric vehicle rate "won't affect many goods at all" because the "vast majority of Chinese electric vehicles are going not to America but to Europe and elsewhere", including the UK.

"We're buying loads," he says.

You can watch Conway's analysis here...

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Real ID – New Deadline to be Enforced

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  28. Fleet Services Newsletter, May 2024

    As part of the new branding initiative of UI Healthcare, Fleet Services will be updating the decals of all healthcare vehicles. The process began on May 6 th, is ongoing, and should be complete in the next 6 months. The plan is to swap for the new branded decals at each vehicle's next service appointment.