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Lower Air Spend

5 Ways to Save Money on Corporate Travel

November 12, 2018

Cutting costs as an organization is a regular practice. And no area should be free from scrutiny, particularly when it comes to your air spend. Corporate travel doesn’t come cheap, and it’s worth every penny a business…

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Face-to-face Meetings

4 Reasons Why More Meetings Should Be Face-to-Face

November 5, 2018

Fostering trust. Facilitating meaningful interactions. Driving productive collaborations. We’re willing to bet that some of your main business objectives are encapsulated in at least one or more of those sentences. One of the key modes by which…

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Travel Policy Refresher

Is Your Travel Policy Due for a Refresher?

October 29, 2018

Looking for new savings opportunities? Update your travel policy. Want to make business travel more efficient for employees? Update your travel policy. Need to review supplier contracts? Update your travel policy. If you answered ‘yes’ to any…

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Maximize Reward Points

Take the Miles, Leave the Cannoli: Maximizing Your Reward Points

October 18, 2018

Using reward points seems like a no-brainer, right? So you might be surprised to find out that a majority of people actually aren’t getting the full benefit of the rewards possible to them from credit cards, workplace…

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Incentive Travel Mexico

Bang For Your Buck: Getting the Most Value Out of Destination Incentives & Meetings

October 3, 2018

Planning group travel – whether it’s an incentive for employees or destination meetings – can drain resources pretty quickly. For planners who don’t deal with the day-to-day fluctuations of the travel industry it can feel overwhelming. Add…

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Ireland Travel Forum

Travel Forum: Ireland // October 2, 2018

Please join us for a free informational seminar featuring Brendan Vacations and current offers for travel to Ireland and Scotland in 2019 and beyond. From fully-guided tours to customizable, independent private chauffeur getaways – from locally hosted…

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Incentive Travel Program

4 Tips to Market Your Incentive Program

August 27, 2018

Incentive programs have long used travel to motivate employees. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF)  reports that nearly 40% of US businesses use incentive travel to reward and recognize top employees and salespeople as well as channel partners.…

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ROI of Rewards Programs

Number Crunching Motivation: The ROI of Incentives

August 20, 2018

As a travel management company, Carrousel Travel works with organizations of every size on their incentive travel and rewards programs. And while every organization is unique, some things never change. One of the most common questions organizations…

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Expense Reporting Technology

Expense Technology Helps Streamline Costs

August 8, 2018

There isn’t an organization in the world that isn’t interested in saving money in some way when it comes to operations management. Expense technology tools can have a two-for-one impact in that they not only can help…

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Ride Sharing

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Ride Sharing Ushers in a New Era of Disruption for Corporate Travel Policies

July 30, 2018

Every industry experiences periods of disruption from time to time. And from the first train to roll across the USA to passenger airplanes, business travel is no exception. With the rise of the sharing economy—think Airbnb, Uber,…

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Non-Cash Rewards

Cash Isn’t King: Non-Cash Rewards Speak Louder Than Dollar Bills

July 20, 2018

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) is one of the industry’s most respected sources for well-researched information. Their content focuses on the workplace: rewards, incentives, motivation, and recognition. When it comes to the global incentive and recognition industry,…

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Online Travel Booking Tools

Booking Tools: The Long and Short of It

July 18, 2018

Like any software, choosing the *right* booking tool is something that depends on a lot of different variables. What do you need to accomplish? Who needs to use it? What are their needs? Sometimes it’s easier to…

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Best Places to Work 2018

Carrousel Named One of MSPBJ’s 2018 ‘Best Places to Work’

June 22, 2018

Carrousel Travel is honored to be named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Honorees include companies of all sizes in a wide range of industries across the Twin Cities.…

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Cost Saving Meetings and Incentive Programs

5 Tips for Planning Cost-Effective Meetings & Incentive Programs

June 18, 2018

Your organization could see huge cost savings for meetings with a little bit of foresight and planning that crosses over into incentive programs as well. Consider options around hotel negotiation, group air contracts, and more. Negotiate for…

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intangible rewards

The Biggest Incentives are the Most Intangible: Why Travel Reward Programs Work

June 12, 2018

There’s something of an explorer in all of us. This takes different forms depending on what’s happening in our lives, varying from mental frontiers to physical places. However, the reality for most people is that travel is…

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Hotel Request for Proposal

Hotel RFPs: Worthwhile or Waste of Time?

June 5, 2018

Say the words “request for proposal” and anyone familiar with the term will probably shudder. No matter the business or end goal, RFPs usually signify the initiation of a process that will take a lot of time…

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Virtual Card Programs

Virtual Card Programs: Why Your Travel Program Should Move Toward Digital

May 29, 2018

Saying ‘there’s an app for that’ used to be a way of implying that a process or a company was on the cutting edge. As smartphones have embedded themselves more and more into our everyday lives, though,…

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Meeting Trends 2018

Beyond the Board Room: 2018 Meeting Trends

May 21, 2018

It sounds crazy to believe that we are almost midway through 2018. As we hone in on the second part of the year, there are some definite meeting trends and new incentive ideas becoming more prominent in…

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Employee Appreciation Week 2018

Employee Appreciation Week 2018

May 8, 2018

We spent last week celebrating Carrousel’s greatest asset – our team. We kicked off Employee Appreciation Week on Rise and Shine Monday with a waffle bar and breakfast spread. Fiesta Tuesday brought a taco lunch and a…

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How to Optimize Your Incentive Program

How to Optimize Your Incentive Program

May 7, 2018

When it comes to designing an incentive program, how does your company go about it? Chances are, if you’re relying on cash as your primary motivational tactic, there’s potential to do a lot better. Carrousel Travel recently…

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Lost Luggage Business Travel

What Happens to Lost Luggage During Business Travel?

April 27, 2018

Losing luggage during business travel (well, any type of travel) is at the top of the list when it comes to inconveniences.  Watching the luggage slowly tumble down the airport conveyor belt, as piece-by-piece is claimed, without…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

4 Ideas for Companies of Any Size to Engage In Corporate Social Responsibility

April 20, 2018

Each generation brings a different set of ideals and expectations to the culture as a whole. And from shopping habits to workplace environments, one of the biggest shifts to come in recent years is around corporate social…

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3 Reasons to Use a Travel Management Company (TMC) for Business Travel

3 Reasons to Use a Travel Management Company (TMC) for Business Travel

April 16, 2018

When it comes to business travel, it’s tempting for organizations to find ways to do it themselves. Just a Google search reveals plenty of websites claiming to have the lowest prices for everything from hotels to flights…

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Sail and Save with Star Clippers

Sail and Save with Star Clippers

April 11, 2018

Explore the Caribbean, Asia or the Mediterranean on a Star Clippers tall ship sailing adventure. Experience the grand age of sailing on an intimate ship with personal service and delightful cuisine. Contact us today to learn about…

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REAL ID Travel Policy

How Will REAL ID Impact Your Travel Program?

April 9, 2018

2018 is bringing many changes in a variety of ways. Including how we travel. January saw the implementation of the final phase of the federal REAL ID Act program (established in 2005). The Homeland Security initiative established…

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Destination Team Building

Destination Team Building for Virtual Coworkers

April 2, 2018

One of the key pieces of any successful business is a team that works well together. While most of us don’t get to pick our coworkers any more than we get to pick our family, traditional work…

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Bringing Efficiency to Business Travel: Hot Takes from SAP Concur Fusion

Bringing Efficiency to Business Travel: Hot Takes from SAP Concur Fusion

March 23, 2018

SAP Concur Fusion is a major conference in the field of business travel and corporate travel. For companies like Carrousel, it gives us the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in travel technology and new ideas.…

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Empowering Youth by Learning to Sew

December 4, 2017

In partnership with one of our most generous group clients, Carrousel Travel facilitated the purchase and donation of three sewing machines for the Batwa (Pygmy) community near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The machines will be used…

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Ethiopian Child Sponsorship

Empowering People Out Of Poverty

November 28, 2017

I have had the privilege of sponsoring a child in Ethiopia for the past several years. Hadiza is a bright young girl that I have been able to see grow up into a teenager of 13 years…

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Destination Inspiration: Hong Kong and Vietnam

November 10, 2017

Are you looking for something unique, interesting and exciting for your next group program? At Carrousel we work with all types of clients – those who prefer to keep their group stateside, those who are just getting…

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