Can virtual meetings be the future of business travel?

Published on : Friday, July 8, 2016

virtual meetingEvery organization pays a large sum of money for business travel, just to be a part of some face-to-face meetings in various parts of the world. Where some meets are essential for the company’s growth, others may not be that important for an employee to travel. In this volatile economy, several of those meetings cost the company a great deal without giving them much in return. So, several companies try out diversified methods to cut the travel cost. Till date, virtual reality has proved to be the most efficient among them all.

Virtual meetings enable the business organizations to conduct or attend meetings without spending truck load of money on business trips. One just has to choose, which meeting needs absolute physical presence, and which can be attended with the help of information super highway.

Several virtual collaboration tools are available for the business organizations to promote productivity and to improve the collaboration strategy.

In the early 2016, BCD Travel and Advito have joined hands to come up with the technology company Cisco, in order to present corporate travel with a new practice called Total Collaboration Management.

According to the senior vice president of global corporate travel management company BCD Travel, April Bridgeman; the comprehensive global collaboration program includes actual travel as well as communication with the help of technology, and without actual physical presence. She has stated that the procedure includes chat rooms, audio conferencing, video conferencing, instant messaging, mobile telephony, tele-presence and many more. She has also informed that they help the companies to manage the travel expenses and investments and also help them to manage virtual collaboration investments.

Organizations like Advito analyze their client’s travel data to measure and replace the non-essential business trips with accessible technological inventions.

In this era of digital innovations, only technological interferences can save the business organizations from spending unnecessary amount of money on corporate travel.

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One Response to Can virtual meetings be the future of business travel?

  1. Mike Hickey says:

    About 10 years ago I got very excited about the potential of virtual meetings hosted from the comfort of my home office. I thought this was the answer I was looking for after spending 4-6 nights a week in hotels for the past 20 years. I have done hundreds of webinars, some for sales and some for training. While it is a wonderful tool, I found it wasn’t a substitute for that face to face meeting. Virtual meetings are a great way to prep the meeting and a terrific way to follow up but there is no substitute for being eyeball to eyeball. It didn’t reduce my travel all that much as I was often doing webinars from hotels, airports, etc. but it did help me become much more productive.

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