With the profound changes that the past year has brought, you would have been forgiven for thinking that we would never get back to normal. The evidence for a lasting shift in behaviour affecting most aspects of our lives is all around us, and, certainly when it comes to travel, all of the predictions are that it will be many years, if ever, before we return to our pre-pandemic habits.
What these headlines obscure, however, is the need for the world to keep trading, and for that trade to be a matter of meeting face-to-face. During July and August, we conducted a survey as part of a wider Future of Business Travel report produced in partnership with travel trend forecasting agency Globetrender (globetrender.com) and American Express Global Business Travel. The survey polled 2,020 Business Traveller readers worldwide on their sentiments in relation to the pandemic.
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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
We round up the finest watches released in 2020 – and look ahead to 2021, which may prove to be as unpredictable a year as the one that has just passed…
PEAK OF PERFECTION
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QUITE A JOURNEY
It has been an unprecedented time for the rail industry, both in the UK and across Europe. Here we look over the year’s developments.
As the pandemic moves into 2021, countries are offering options so you can set up your remote office somewhere more appealing
Go with the flow
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BACK TO BUSINESS
While our ways of working may have changed forever, our research shows that most of you remain convinced of the need to meet face-to-face
Ask the pilot
Our undercover captain reveals what it’s like to fly for a living
A novel time
We’ve all got one in us – and if lockdown doesn’t drive you to write that book, nothing will
4 HOURS IN... Munich
Hot-foot it around the German city’s new and historic sights
The U.K. Wants to Clean Up Space
The amount of debris in orbit is an increasing danger—and a potential market opportunity
Bumper UK race fleets forecast
A bumper racing season in the UK is being predicted this summer as the easing of restrictions to social gatherings meets pent up appetite for competitive events. The largest is likely to be the Round the Island Race, which takes place on 3 July, followed by Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race in August, both of which could see boosted fleet numbers.
EPIC GAMES COMPLAINS ABOUT APPLE TO UK COMPETITION WATCHDOG
Epic Games submitted a complaint this week about Apple’s alleged “monopolistic practices” to the U.K. competition watchdog, which is investigating the iPhone maker over concerns it has a dominant position in app distribution.
There Must Have Been Something in the Water
If The Beatles never happened, if the British invasion never occurred, then music fans around the world would more than likely never have been exposed to some of the finest white blues singers that the U.K. produced between 1964 and 1970.
AI’S ROLE IN THE COVID VACCINATION PROCESS
UBER TO GIVE UK DRIVERS MINIMUM WAGE, PENSION, HOLIDAY PAY
Uber is giving its U.K. drivers the minimum wage, pensions and holiday pay, following a recent court ruling that said they should be classified as workers and entitled to such benefits.
GOOGLE VOWS NO NEW USER TRACKING IN CHROME TO SELL ADS
Google says it won’t develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad tracking technology from Chrome browsers, in a change that threatens to shake up the online advertising industry.
AMAZON OPENS FIRST UK CHECKOUT-FREE GROCERY STORE IN LONDON
Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets on strong demand for its contactless shops.
GOD SAVE MY PUBS
Tim Martin is fighting to keep Wetherspoons, his working-class British chain, alive. His detractors would bid it good riddance
AGAINST ALL ODDS
FILMING TOP GEAR AMERICA AT THE HEIGHT OF A PANDEMIC