The Business Travel Show 2018

This week, the Rapid Accommodation team is taking the opportunity to make an appearance at The Business Travel Show, on 21-22 February 2018 at Olympia, London.

The Business Travel Show opens its doors for the 24th time and is Europe’s largest industry conference and exhibition. The show brings together thousands of international industry bods all in one place – more than 7,500 European professionals will be treading the boards with us.

The long established show will give Rapid Accommodation the opportunity to gain the latest knowledge and contacts in the market, giving us an in-depth look at what’s new and current, what works and what doesn’t, and an insight into valuable information of new trends and resources.

A comprehensive overview of the market

In gathering together all the significant industry people, The Business Travel Show helps us to make contact with a large number of people, products and services at the same time, so we can have a comprehensive overview of the entire market.

From airlines to hotels, and the latest in travel technology, we will also be attending a number of specialist seminars, all of which helps us to develop the most successful and up to date travel programmes for our clients – to help find ways to continue to meet our client’s needs.

Five Things to Remember for Business Travel

It happens to all of us. You’re making your journey, you arrive at your accommodation and realise that there’s something you’ve forgotten. When it comes to business travel, you can be so busy getting to and from shifts, or concentrating on your all-important meetings that you miss the details that can make your stay – and post-trip admin – much easier.

In the five years we’ve been helping companies to manage their accommodation, we’ve found there are some common things that business travellers forget.

Here are five things to remember when travelling for business.

Research local amenities

Once you’ve made your journey to your accommodation, you’ll want to get inside, unpack and relax. However, if there’s something that you’ve forgotten to bring with you, or if the kitchen cupboards need stocking, you’ll need to nip back out again and find the nearest shop.

Before your journey, take a look at the supermarkets closest to your accommodation so you can stop by for any essentials on your way in.

Check travel routes

With Sat Nav systems, it’s so easy to get in the car, set your destination and go! But, we all know how essential it is to check your route before setting off to your accommodation. Look for any unexpected roadworks, tolls and diversions – anything that can cause a delay or be an added expense. And don’t forget about your route to and from site, too!

Save all of your receipts

Receipts are easily thrown away, or hidden deep within pockets or bags and forgotten about. By the time you find them again, you’ve already filed your expenses for your work trip and so, you’ve missed out! But by collecting them and keeping them safe, you can claim back all the expenses and VAT that you’re entitled to. Each little coffee, lunch, or car park ticket adds up.

Keep your contact number handy

When we work with you to book places to stay for business travel, we’ll give you a contact number that’s available 24/7. This way, you can reach us for help with any problems you may have – we’ve even directed clients to their destination over the phone! Add the phone number to your contacts, and keep a copy with your booking paperwork. Just in case…

Make the most of your stay

When you have downtime, make the most of the facilities in and around your property. Whether it’s relaxing in the hot tub on the patio after a long shift, or exploring the town centre on your day off, taking a break can really make your business stay feel like a home-away-from-home.

If you have any questions about business travel and booking accommodation, get in touch. We’re always happy to help!

Why Use Self-Catering Accommodation?

Sometimes, there’s more to business stays than simply checking into a hotel room. Shift work may mean you need to arrive before the designated time, or that you won’t be around when the kitchen’s open. That’s why more and more business travellers have been turning to self-catering accommodation.

We’ve rounded up five reasons to choose self-catering for your business stay.

Flexibility

Self-catering means you have the flexibility to come and go as you please, arriving and departing at times that are best for you. Therefore, you won’t have to pay any additional fees for late check-out after a post-night shift sleep.

Budget

You’ll find that, with the right research and booking negotiation, self-catering accommodation is fantastic value for money. You receive a lot more space than just a room for sleeping, no matter where you book. While small cottages and contemporary apartments are always a favourite, you may find manor houses and luxury lodges within your budget, too.

Equipment

Self-catering accommodation is like a home away from home, so you’ll find that your place to stay will have a variety of facilities needed for every day such as your own oven and washing machine. Some places may even provide luxuries like gym equipment or a hot tub – and it will be private to you, too.

Dining

Having your very own kitchen means you can store and prepare your own food and snacks, and have them readily available whenever you need them – even at 2am after a late shift! You can be sure that the food you have meets your dietary requirements, and you’ll save money on dining in the long run. Of course, if you did want to explore the area, your host will be able to recommend the best local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Space

Self-catering properties will provide travellers with more space, which is very useful for colleagues travelling in groups. As well as private bedrooms, you’ll find communal areas – whether a living room, dining room or private patio, where the group can relax and socialise before turning in for the night.

 

How we can help

If you need accommodation now, not a problem email us at info@rapidaccommodation.com or call us on 0330 0904142. Our Advisors are ready to help!