For many business travellers it can become a routine: there's an hour to kill at the airport, andbefore heading to the lounge you use up some of your exchanged money by last-minute shopping for gifts or a bottle of whisky. The term duty free is ubiquitous in the travellers' world, but do we really know how much we have saved?

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Almost every airline has either their own loyalty program or belongs to an alliance of airlines. Travelers should ask themselves if it’s worthwhile to join based on the frequency and type of travel purchased. Cost is either complimentary or minimal and the joining process is simple. There are benefits to be had, but they can require patience and perseverance to profit from them.

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In our last edition we discussed the importance of a travel policy. Whats next? It is not enough to just develop a travel policy and assume that employees know what to do with it. Regular updates and modifications are reruired to keep travel policies up-to-date. Too few companies update their travel programs and expense policies and are often left with older, costlier corporate rates, a new industry study shows.

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How well do your employees follow company guidelines for business travel? Are there areas in your travel program where improved compliance could save you more?

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Automation and standardization of travel booking and expense processing have helped slash the indirect costs of managing travel by 42 percent during the past decade to 4.6 percent of the travel and expense tab, down from 5.6 percent in 2003 and 8 percent in 1997. According to a recently released performance and best practices study of 66 European and Asian companies conducted by A.T. Kearney. The study also found opportunities to halve those indirect costs.

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Although one day may not seem like much elsewhere, it's enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco. Street fairs and parades erupt year-round, offering ample opportunity to come out, show off and get spanked for charity. Anything goes here, with the possible exception of plastic bags: green is an active verb in San Francisco, and composting is mandated by city law. While San Franciscans are free thinkers, they aren't slackers - lately they've been making history with gay rights, technology, and locavore cuisine. Whether it's high time for a party or the next big idea, chances are it's already in progress in this city.

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The best way to see the city, even if you have 24 hours, is to walk. In Rome, where you can usually count on good weather and unreliable transportation, you're best off doing as much as possible by foot. On the street is also where you'll unearth those unexpected finds; Rome always has the power to surprise. So start the clock as we show you how to explore the city most efficiently!

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Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is - with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 km²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area - one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

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Las Vegas is the largest city in the U.S. state of Nevada. Nicknamed the Entertainment Capital of the World, it is situated in the Mojave Desert of Southern Nevada. The city features many mega-hotel/casino complexes decorated with lavish care and attention to detail creating a fantasy-like environment. The casinos often have names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.

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City in a day Guangzhou

Guangdong, China

Guangzhou, also (especially formerly) known as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. Located in southern China on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. One of the five National Central Cities, it holds sub-provincial administrative status.

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