PayPal Invades Gas Stations

gas-pump-4[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

The line between online and offline continues to be blurred as travelers will soon be able to pay for gas at gas pumps with — you guessed it! — PayPal. Continue reading

[AUDIO] Interview with Leisa Ross, Corporate Housing Specialist


[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Here’s an insightful audio interview with┬áLeisa Ross, Corporate Housing specialist and 2011-2012 President of the Southern California Relocation Council, with Continue reading

The Wire Interview: Sea To Sky Rentals Marketing Director, Colleen Ireland

Discussion About Vacation Rentals in Seattle Washington[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

The Wire Interview is a continuing series of interviews with players in the corporate housing industry.

In this edition of the Wire Interview, Colleen Ireland, Marketing Director of Sea To Sky Rentals, spoke with us about Sea to Sky Rentals’ place in the Seattle short-term rental industry. Continue reading

Travelers Would Rather Interact With A Machine Than With A Person

Tom Cruise Would Rather Interact With A Machine Than With A Person Steven Spielberg [Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Among the most relevant issues these days — in every sector — is determining to what extent new technologies should supplant traditional practices, e.g., online credibility (AirBnb, HomeAway) vs. offline credibility (traditional hotels), searchable real estate listings (Trulia) vs. traditional brokers. In the booking of corporate travel, however, the general consensus seems to be that Internet technology reduces overall spend, but at what invisible costs? Continue reading

For Business Travelers, Comfort Is King

Comfort on the road

Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire

Homewood Suites have just released the results of a survey they conducted with over 550 business travelers about the amenities they look for on the road.  The study found that travelers wish to recreate their home-experience and to maximize networking opportunities with business associates and other travelers.

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