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Minnesota hotel workers will soon be able to recognize sex trafficking crimes thanks to a statewide effort to end sex trafficking in the hospitality industry.  A state mandate went into effect November 1, 2018, that requires all hotel and motel employees to undergo training in recognizing sex trafficking by November 28.

Many travel managers now find themselves tasked with managing meetings. On its face, this makes complete sense. After all, they are both travel related, many of the suppliers are the same, they both use similar technologies and require similar processes for looking, booking, traveling, paying and expensing.

It’s a common misconception among inexperienced business travelers: “I can’t collect points or miles earned by business travel because those miles rightfully belong to my employer, who’s paying for my ticket.” Au contraire.

The hotel industry is at a tricky point in its history, as occupancy in North America continues to hold at record levels while the power of hotels to drive rates higher each year remains constrained. At the same time, brands within this industry have to work harder than ever to stand out from an ever-crowding field of competitors in order to stick in the minds of customers, whose expectations are getting higher and whose voices are getting louder.

Learning the ins and outs of managing travel isn’t easy, and the responsibility is vast. Here’s the thing: This work really matters. Companies don’t send employees to travel for nothing. Every year, BTN provides the most detailed and most comprehensive answer book for travel managers who may be new to the practice or those who may be expanding their responsibility sets.

Earlier this week, the GBTA Foundation released a new study, in partnership with Sabre Corporation, focused on creating a frictionless travel experience. The study surveyed business travelers across the globe and revealed the dramatic impact business travel has on employee retention, recruitment and results. Three R’s that are important to every company’s bottom line.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is planning to incorporate more biometric screening measures within airports, and TSA PreCheck members will be kicking off the process.

Lyft is making a monthly subscription service available across its user network in which users pay a flat fee of $299 for 30 rides per month. Subscribers to Lyft’s All-Access Plan can take 30 rides up to $15 each; they pay the balance on any ride that costs more. Additional rides beyond the 30 also come at a 5 percent discount.

Troubling new research shows that women who travel for business tend to remain silent about sexual harassment and other threats they endure.Four out of five U.S. women business travelers polled by the Global Business Travel Association said they had experienced a safety issue in the last year, and just over half of them always or sometimes report these issues to their company or travel manager.

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