The Business Travel Show is set to take place at London’s Olympia from January 31st to February 2nd with a range of products and services - from budget-cutting to luxury - on display by more than 200 business travel suppliers.
Air China, Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic Airways are all showing off the latest in luxury in-flight seats and beds. Air China will be promoting its brand new First Class flat beds and Business Class sleeper seats, which will not be experienced by passengers until the summer. Air New Zealand is also upping the quality stakes with its luxurious new Business Premier seating: a gorgeous leather seat and separate ottoman, which converts into the largest full lie-flat bed in its class. And finally, Virgin Atlantic Airways has upped the stakes even further with its Upper Class Suites.
There will also be a range of air charter suppliers present at the show. Club 328, London Air Charter Centre and Sovereign Business Link all specialise in executive jet travel.
Club 328 has recently doubled its fleet to ten making it the largest executive jet operator in the UK. London Air Charter Centre will reveal its brand new 17-seater commuter aircraft. And Sovereign Business Link not only believes it can help companies to cut its charter air travel by 25-33 per cent; it is also offering a 10 per cent discount to all show visitors.
PremiAir Aviation and First City Air are both on the show floor. PremiAir will launch its Farnborough to Battersea service at Business Travel.
On the accommodation side of the industry, everything from leading global hotel groups to service apartment chains and exclusive hand picked boutique outfits are represented at Business Travel. Many - including Campanile, The Cheval Group, Concorde, Hyatt and Marston Hotels - are showcasing brand new developments, multi-million pound refurbishments and new locations.
Travel management companies and service providers are also out in force, with the likes of Advantage, Amadeus, AirPlus, ATP, BTI, Carlson Wagonlit, Expedia, Gray Dawes, P&O and Reed & Mackay. Both Amadeus and Reed and Mackay will reveal the results of new research to visitors. Amadeus will announce the outcome of its Activity Based Costing Value Measurement research and Reed & Mackay will tell us all whether there are benefits to booking online versus using a human service.
A brand new focus this year is business traveller safety, as Planet Wise take a place on the show floor for the very first time to promote its unique pre-travel safety and awareness training courses; and show partner National Car Rental launches its global Drive Safe programme.
The Business Travel Show boasts a first class seminar and masterclass programme - tickets for the seminars are available to buy on the day at the theatre. The show also features the Desk Demon Café PA where PAs and secretaries can meet with exhibitors and also collect a voucher to receive Bradmans Business Travel Guide for free. The second annual Business Travel Show Innovation Award winner will be announced at the exhibitor party at 6pm on Wednesday 1st February.