This week we give a little insight into our Hybrid Virtual Conferencing, Duty of Care, Sustainability and Mergers.
Virtual Conferencing Demo
The Eton Travel Group is launching our own ‘ Virtual World’ end-to-end solution for Events and Conferencing. This comprehensive and totally virtual solution will very shortly be joined by a next stage ‘Hybrid’ solution for both virtual and live delegates attending at the same time.
Both the ‘Virtual’ and ‘Hybrid’ solutions mean that all delegates will be able to see and hear a live video feed of the meeting, as well as view presentation slides, ask questions, participate in live audience polling and much, much more.
We will be available every step of the way from pre-production, during event days and for post event production.
As part of the launch we will be showcasing the opportunity to our customers. Dates for these presentations to be advised soon so watch this space, but if you want to pre-book your interest please let us know.
As the world starts to open up again, it’s time to prepare your business travellers for the ‘new normal’. COVID-19 puts everybody at risk and this practical eLearning module will ensure that your business travellers know what to expect and how to protect themselves and others.
Any fears that sustainability might fall off travel managers' agenda amid the ongoing pandemic appear to be unfounded. While interest – and positive actions – around sustainability was gaining momentum 12 years ago, a global recession triggered in 2008 saw many corporates park efforts to mitigate their environmental impact. There have been fears that the Covid-19 pandemic could prompt a similar scenario.
In the years since that economic turmoil, however, the urgent need to prevent further damage to our planet has become even more acutely obvious and, for the most part, its populous is listening to the irrefutable evidence. Indeed, in 2018 and 2019, teenager Greta Thunberg became a flagbearer for tackling climate change while the idea of ‘flygskam’, or flight shaming, emerged from Scandinavia amid a shift from air to rail travel within the region.
There was barely a business travel conference in 2019 where sustainability did not prominently feature and at the Business Travel Show in London in February this year, as Covid-19 crept across the globe, every buyer and supplier was adamant sustainability was no longer something that could be set aside, no matter what came along.
The temporary halt of business travel is enabling corporates to revisit travel policies and programmes and build sustainability in from the ground up. And there has of course been the side effect that carbon emissions from business travel have plummeted.
Sustainability is about the balance between people, planet and profit. It’s about carbon impact, but also ethics, wellbeing and duty of care. When companies consider all these together they achieve massive increase in value, not just in share price but in value to the organisation, to employees and to customers.
Education is so important. It’s the only way to make it work. We all need to act now.”
Eurostar and Thalys Merger
European high-speed rail operators Eurostar and Thalys will go ahead with a planned merger in 2021,
The merger, proposed by French state railway operator SNCF last year, will offer passengers with a more connected and environmentally friendly journey across the two companies’ networks, which are spread between the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. At the time, the project was named ‘Green Speed’.
This happy chappy was photographed by Arthur Telle Thiemann off the Canary Islands and sums up how we all feel about going into a sunny weekend!