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By Media Release on March 17, 2017

5 Ways the C-Suite Can Reduce Corporate Travel Spend

International business travel spending is predicted to exceed $1.6 trillion by the year 2020. There are almost 500 million individual business trips per year in the US alone, and roughly half of those travellers do not inform their companies of where ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonMarch 17, 2017

3 Staff Travel Management Tips for C-Suite Employees

According to an Oxford Economics USA report, the return on investment of corporate travel is anywhere between $10 and $14.99 per dollar invested. Today’s business leaders understand the profitability of staff travel and its critical function in ...

By Sandra McLeodonMarch 6, 2017

10 Ways to Boost Your Corporate Travel ROI

Corporate travel is one of the best ways your business can access new markets, form profitable national and international partnerships and demonstrate your commitment to clients. But like anything in business, it can always be improved. Here are 10 ways ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonMarch 5, 2017

Top 5 Internet of Things Innovations in Corporate Travel

The Internet of Things is the network of physical devices connected by electronics in communication. IoT technologies are changing the way we send and receive information, and the way we conduct our professional and personal lives.  In the business ...

By Ross FastucaonMarch 3, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Encouraging Bleisure Travel

‘Bleisure travel’, or the combination of business and leisure while on a work assignment, is one of the more well-documented corporate travel trends of the past year. But it’s a notion that is dividing the industry.  On one hand are businesses who ...

By Sandra McLeodonFebruary 23, 2017

3 Risk Management Strategies for Better Business Travel

Risk management is an essential element of corporate travel management at large. Businesses that aren’t proactive in ensuring the health and safety of their business travellers, and that don’t include comprehensive and strategic risk management ...

By Bryan CarrollonFebruary 20, 2017

Travel managers and the Internet of Things headache

The ‘Internet of Things’ is easily dismissable as just another buzz-phrase according to David Fastuca, Co-Founder and CMO of Travelport Locomote. However, as any travel professional with their finger on the pulse should recognise, this technology will ...

By Media ReleaseonFebruary 10, 2017

How to create the right business culture

 Culture. Everybody talks about it, from small businesses to big corporations, yet not everyone gets it right. It can be a difficult thing to describe, let alone create and it’s an easy thing to get wrong, says Alek Bugajewska, People and Culture Leader ...

By Media ReleaseonFebruary 3, 2017

4 Qualities the Best Travel Agents Have

Today’s travel agents can often get a bad rap from tech-savvy consumers who ask, “why would I pay you to do what I can do myself?” The truth is, today’s corporate travel agents can wield technology with the best of them and deliver a service that is well ...

By Bryan CarrollonFebruary 1, 2017

5 Wearable Devices for Better Business Travel

Wearable technology has the potential to enrich every aspect of the travel experience. From improving the health and safety of travellers, offering premium and personalised luxury based on real-time data, and even making language barriers a thing of the ...

By Ross FastucaonJanuary 30, 2017

Does the C-Suite Suffer from Slow Tech Uptake?

Modern businesses are investing in 3D printers, emerging technologies, and advanced management platforms to create a more streamlined experience in the workplace. They are wooing clients with innovative approaches to modern technology, and training their ...

By Ross FastucaonJanuary 30, 2017

4 Reasons Why Travel Agents Still Matter

“Travel agents?! Weren’t they a thing in the ‘90s?” Fax machines, cassettes, landline telephones, and… travel agents? To many people, travel agencies are just another number on the list of obsolete industries. Millennial travellers in particular often ...

By Sandra McLeodonJanuary 11, 2017

3 Business Travel Basics CFOs Should Review

Whether your business is a corporate travel veteran, or whether your business is new to the game, it’s important for CFOs to play an active role in travel management.  But in an industry that changes so quickly, it’s often hard to keep up with the ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonJanuary 5, 2017

Inside Eco-Friendly Corporate Travel

“Going green” used to be a way for travel providers to differentiate themselves in a competitive market, however, for today’s environmentally astute corporate travellers, it’s green or nothing. Especially considering the monumental carbon footprint of ...

By Bryan CarrollonDecember 21, 2016

The Internet of Things: Coming to a Hotel Near You

The ‘Internet of Things’ is easily dismissible as just another buzz-phrase. However, as any travel professional with their finger on the pulse should recognise, Internet of Things technology will impact every corner of the industry. In fact, it already ...

By David FastucaonDecember 19, 2016

The Mechanics of Millennial Travel Management

“Millennials are changing the game.” “What do Millennials mean for your business?” “What makes millennials tick?”  Here a Millennial, there a Millennial, everywhere a Millennial - just about every industry today is speaking excitedly about what this ...

By David FastucaonDecember 13, 2016

The 4 C's of Corporate Travel Management

No two approaches to corporate travel management are the same. You may be a startup business just finding its business travel bearings, with limited budget and limited technology. Or you may be a multi-national powerhouse with complex cost control ...

By Sandra McLeodonDecember 6, 2016

3 Ways CFOs Can Reduce Corporate Travel Expenses in 2017

It’s time for CFOs to reclaim control of their business’ corporate travel programme. Or did they ever have control in the first place? With employee overspending making up as much as a third of a business’ travel and expense budget, and with 15% of all ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonNovember 30, 2016

So… What is Corporate Travel 3.0, Exactly?

How do you define what is constantly changing? Easy, just add a “2.0”, a “3.0” and a “4.0” when the time requires. The corporate travel industry has undergone massive change over the last few decades, and in many ways, it’s earned its current iteration - ...

By Ross FastucaonNovember 28, 2016

The most exciting Australian startups

Australia is a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial minds, and with crowd funding and a $23 million support program for Australian start-up incubators from the Turnbull government, the conditions are ideal for start-up success. From an online graphic ...

By Media ReleaseonNovember 25, 2016

What makes a CFO great?

Corporate finance leaders face four main challenges. Tackling them will allow CFOs to shape strategy and drive innovation necessary for sustainable growth, but it will also rapidly expand their role. A majority of finance leaders said they are ...

By Media ReleaseonNovember 24, 2016

Has Skype Killed the Handshake?

To be, or not to be. Be in the same room, that is. On paper, abandoning corporate travel in favour of virtual meetings makes financial sense. Not only do travel expenses disappear and travel stresses evaporate, the diversifying risks to employee health ...

By David FastucaonNovember 15, 2016

Will a Smaller Travel Team Cost You Money?

If there were an international conference, meeting or pitch that was relevant to five employees, would sending just two actually cost you money? Flying employees across the world is expensive. More travelling employees equates to more end-to-end costs, ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonNovember 9, 2016

The State of Security in Corporate Travel

Caracas in Venezuela, San Pedro Sula in Honduras, San Salvador in El Salvador and Acapulco in Mexico; these are widely reported as the most dangerous cities in the world, with a murder rate above 100 people per 100,000. They are cities synonymous with ...

By Sandra McLeodonNovember 3, 2016

6 Email Newsletters Travel Managers Should Be Reading

The corporate travel industry is rapidly evolving, and travel managers are evolving with it. Whether it be big data, the sharing economy, mobile payments or the internet of things, the best travel managers have a keen understanding of where their jobs ...

By David FastucaonNovember 2, 2016

Identity Theft: Are Corporate Travellers at Risk?

Identity crimes cost Australia more than $8.6 billion each year, affecting almost 2 million people. Of these 2 million, more than 100,000 will fall victim to identity theft. Credit card fraud, bank account takeovers and the loss of sensitive data are ...

By Sandra McLeodonOctober 27, 2016

Mobile Payments and Millennial Travellers in 2017

The field of mobile payments presents massive opportunities for the travel industry. For travel managers, the prospect of gaining real-time and transparent expenses data, reducing fraud and improving safety is attractive. For corporate travellers, the ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 23, 2016

Why Returning Travel Teams Drive Innovation

It’s no secret that corporate travel offers a significant return on investment. One Oxford Economics USA Report even put the figure at $14.99 per dollar invested. Creating and maintaining profitable international relationships is often the prime goal of ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonOctober 6, 2016

Why Do 75% of Change Management Programs Fail?

75% of change management programs fail, according to a comprehensive study by Towers Watson.  Considering the amount of money businesses spend on trying to manage change effectively, and the decades of research in the field, this apparently slim chance ...

By David FastucaonOctober 4, 2016

Travelport Digital synchs Locomote with MTT

Travelport is ramping up not only the international presence of its Australian corporate travel platformLocomote but also its newly formed Digital division. As part of its expansion plans, it has appointed Vikki Mills as its director of sales and support ...

By Media ReleaseonSeptember 24, 2016

Melbourne travel startup Locomote set to expand to the UK

Melbourne corporate travel and expense platform Locomote has today announced a new name along with its intent to head overseas, changing its name to Travelport Locomote as it gears up to expand into the United Kingdom. It comes after billion dollar ...

By Media ReleaseonSeptember 22, 2016

The CFO's Guide to Changing the Way Their Company Travels

It’s only relatively recently that CFOs are recognising corporate travel’s significant return on investment. However, they also see this threatened by employee overspending, inefficient itineraries, unproductive meetings and unmotivated road warriors. ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonSeptember 19, 2016

How to Manage Overspending Business Travellers

Finding ways to reduce team travel spend is a high priority for travel managers and CFOs. While tighter itineraries, strategic bookings and alternative accommodation arrangements can cut costs, they’ve found the challenge is as much a technical one as it ...

By Ross FastucaonSeptember 14, 2016

4 Ways Travel Management Software Saves You Money

The financial benefits of using travel management software are considerable, however some managers are still grappling with outdated and inefficient processes. Beyond all the flashing lights and slick interfaces, how does travel management software ...

By Sandra McLeodonSeptember 11, 2016

Preparing Your Team for a Chinese Business Trip

To many Western businesses, China remains an exotic, elusive and intimidating market. Even the list of blocked websites in the country paints a confronting picture. An internet without Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Blogspot, The New York Times - ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonAugust 31, 2016

5 Reasons India Should Be Your Next Business Trip

India is adored for its rich history, cultural wealth and wildlife. For savvy businesses seeking to take advantage of emerging markets, it's also adored for its huge growth trajectory. From the Unicorns of Bengaluru to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ...

By Ross FastucaonAugust 25, 2016

The 6 Most Expensive Cities for Corporate Travel

International corporate travel isn’t regarded as the cheapest business activity on the calendar. With flights, visas, accommodation, transportation and food rounding out the bare necessities of any business trip, costs can begin to stack up before ...

By David FastucaonAugust 17, 2016

Top Tips for Training Travel Agents

In an age where a travel agency’s trump card is premier, personalised, data-driven service, training the top agent talent is more important than ever. Yet in an age where a travel agent is as much a technical wizard as a tourism sales person, nurturing ...

By Bryan CarrollonAugust 12, 2016

Is Personal Service a Travel Agent's Greatest Asset?

It’s no secret that the travel agency industry has seen massive disruption in recent years. The do-it-yourself corporate travel culture has been encouraged by free online booking and search platforms like Airbnb, Skyscanner and Uber. Some even regard the ...

By David FastucaonAugust 10, 2016

Top tips to coach your small business into a winning team

The opening of the Rio 2016 Games represents crunch time for thousands of the world’s elite athletes who’ve put their heart and soul into preparing themselves for a shot at Olympic glory – but it’s very easy to forget about the coaches who’ve pushed them ...

By Media ReleaseonAugust 5, 2016

How CFOs and Travel Managers Can Collaborate

“Why are our business trips so expensive?” asks the CFO to the travel manager. On the surface it sounds like a straightforward question. Yet to the travel manager, it’s one that demands a two-hour response. Market fluctuations, seasonality, employee ...

By Sandra McLeodonAugust 5, 2016

3 Emerging Markets For Corporate Travel

The promise of profit and golden handshakes has lured business people overseas for decades. The promise of an untapped market with opportunities around every street corner has been the boardroom fantasy of business people for decades more. Corporate ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonAugust 3, 2016

The Travel Agency Industry: Past, Present and Future

The travel industry has seen some of the most profound changes in modern business, and it’s taken just three words to dismantle the status quo: Airbnb, Skyscanner, Uber. These three platforms have transformed the way we think about domestic and ...

By Ross FastucaonAugust 2, 2016

5 Reasons Business Travellers Do It Themselves

Organising a successful business trip is no easy feat. But with countless apps designed for corporate travel, and countless more how-to guides on the topic, it’s easy to see why some business travellers decide to go it alone. Foregoing a travel ...

By David FastucaonJuly 31, 2016

Essential Tools for Travel Agents

Travel agents are under constant pressure to delight their corporate travel clients with a seamless, integrated and profitable business trip experience. However, without the right tools for the trade, doing so isn’t easy. Expense management, travel ...

By Ross FastucaonJuly 29, 2016

CFO's Guide to Reducing Team Travel Costs

Picture 10 talented business travellers thrust into a whirlwind of lucrative meetings, ‘networking’ cocktails and ritzy hotel receptions - it’s easy to see how frugal team spending can fall by the wayside. But effective management of team travel costs ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonJuly 27, 2016

The Internet of Things: Travel Re-Imagined

The phrase ’Internet of Things’ has been floating around obscure corners of the web for years. Today, however, the term isn’t just mainstream - it’s a daily reality for anyone with a smart device. So what is the Internet of Things? Simply put, the IoT is ...

By Ross FastucaonJuly 26, 2016

Locomote Appoints New Executive Team

Australian corporate travel platform Locomote, announced the appointment of a string of travel industry hires to spearhead the growth of the company and the success of its pioneering technology.   New additions to the Locomote team include Bryan Carroll ...

By Media ReleaseonJuly 20, 2016

Travel Managers - Your Guide to Road Warrior Happiness

There they go again. You've sent your business travellers off into the wild blue yonder in search of more deals, more contracts, more connections and ultimately more business. This team of yours are your front-line troops who battle red-eye flights, ...

By Ross FastucaonJuly 14, 2016

How to make the most of business travel

Corporate travel is good for business. A recent study of North American business travellers found that for every dollar invested in travel, businesses benefit by an average of US$9.50 (A$13.55) in increased revenue and US$2.90 (A$4.15) in new profits. ...

By Media ReleaseonJune 17, 2016

The Challenges of Corporate Travel in 6 Memes

Let’s face it: booking corporate travel isn’t always easy. Sometimes travel companies will make you jump through hoops before completing the booking process. For travel managers and business travellers alike, this creates a bad user experience that few ...

By David FastucaonJune 14, 2016

The 4 Qualities of a Great Travel Management Company

There’s great travel management companies, and then there are bad ones. What differentiates the two is the personal and professional qualities that provide for a smooth and enjoyable journey. Traits such as effective communication and agility, coupled ...

By Bryan CarrollonJune 7, 2016

Locomote wins Gold

Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and its digital services companies Locomote and MTT, were recognised with four innovation awards at the prestigious 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, which held its gala ceremony in Sydney last week. ...

By Media ReleaseonJune 7, 2016

7 Pros of Taking a Change Management eCourse

 Whether you’re an administrator, travel manager or executive, Change Management is a skill set that is invaluable for any business. Very few companies manage change as well as they could, so having someone that has the capability to plan and lead the ...

By Bryan CarrollonMay 27, 2016

Why Corporate Travel is Growing Slower Than You Think

Thanks to rising hotel and airfare prices, corporate travel is expected to slow for many businesses as budgets tighten, and executives re-evaluate their travel programmes. According to a recent study which surveyed 847 travel managers and 1,158 business ...

By Sandra McLeodonMay 26, 2016

How Do You Know When Your Travel Policies Need Updating?

Businesses often neglect their travel policy, after all, if staff are managing to get from point A to B and back again, what’s the point, right? The point is travel is an enormous expense for many big companies, while for small companies every dollar ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonMay 26, 2016

12 Travel Management Tips That Everyone Should Know

Travel management is more than just booking flights, cars and accommodation, then saying goodbye at the departure gate…not that Travel Managers ever accompany you to the departure gate! Travel Managers also organise travel partnerships with hotels, ...

By Ross FastucaonMay 24, 2016

What Does a Good Travel Compliance Policy Look Like?

Almost everyone has a Smartphone, and every company in the travel industry worth their time has an app. It’s never been easier for the modern employee to whip out their phone, fire up a few apps and book their business trip flights, accommodation, car ...

By David FastucaonMay 18, 2016

How to Become Smarter at Managing Staff Travel

Staff travel management in the age of the modern worker can be challenging. A combination of the technological advancements of Smartphones and travel apps, employees and freelancers using their own devices for work, and online booking tools that haven’t ...

By Bryan CarrollonMay 17, 2016

5 Major Trends Affecting the Corporate Travel Industry

The corporate travel industry is evolving every year at a frightening pace thanks to advancements in technology and a fluctuating global economy. These changes have profound impacts on the travel policies of all businesses, small and large. Here is a ...

By Ross FastucaonMay 15, 2016

Top 10 Apps Transforming the Travel Industry

Thanks to the ongoing evolution of smartphones and mobile devices, there are innovative apps available which are transforming the travel industry. Some applications make booking hotels and flights more efficient while others are intended to make your ...

By Ross FastucaonMay 5, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Staff Travel and Reduce Expenses Easily

As a procurement or staff travel manager, it’s your responsibility to keep costs low when managing employee trips, while trying to ensure an overall good experience. However, that’s often easier said than done. Therefore, to make your life simpler when ...

By Ross FastucaonMay 3, 2016

The True Cost of Bad Corporate Travel Management

Poor corporate travel management can impact businesses in many ways - from missed bookings to higher costs, and even compliance issues. Therefore, it’s important to know the risks that you can face when working with a young or mismanaged corporate travel ...

By Sandra McLeodonApril 26, 2016

Locomote wins Gold at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

On 21 April 2016 Locomote won gold at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. “This is the first time Locomote has entered and we were thrilled to have won gold in such a prestigious world premier business award” says Sandra McLeod, CEO from Locomote. ...

By Media ReleaseonApril 26, 2016

Why Business Travel is So Much Better Than it Used to Be

Sure, the Golden Age of Flight may have been in the 1920’s and 30’s, the period between World War I and II, but [business] travel is so much better than it used to be. Yes, there aren’t the luxury amenities that people once enjoyed, like the dinner ...

By David FastucaonApril 20, 2016

The Evil Side of Business Travel

Anyone who takes trips frequently for work knows that there are pros and cons to business travel. There’s a good side...and an evil side. The good that comes with business travel is often in the form of perks or rewards, like tons of airline mileage, ...

By Paul PodburyonApril 19, 2016

5 Solid Reasons to Systemise Your Business Travel

For most companies, corporate travel is a necessity that can be expensive if not properly managed. Based on research data, business travel is the second largest controllable expense that affects profitability. Implementing smart cost control strategies ...

By Sandra McLeodonApril 15, 2016

The Anatomy of a Millennial CFO

Together with the structure and approach of companies, the role of today’s CFO is evolving. Similar to other management positions over the past few years, this corporate function has extended beyond the core responsibilities of audit and compliance, ...

By Paul PodburyonApril 12, 2016

Bleisure: A Business Traveller’s Dream

Business travellers are increasingly looking to mix business with pleasure in a new trend that is dominating the world. The so-called ‘bleisure’ phenomenon is undergoing exponential growth as corporate travel combined with some element of leisure is ...

By Sandra McLeodonApril 11, 2016

Take Your Healthy Lifestyle on the Road

Business travel can be very enjoyable. You get to visit new destinations, get treated to expense-account meals, and spend time away from the office. However, despite all the perks and benefits, corporate travel has its drawbacks as people often find ...

By Ross FastucaonApril 7, 2016

Can Big Corporates Truly Be Agile?

We live in a dynamic era, where the only constant is 'change'. This alone poses significant challenges for corporations to remain relevant in an increasingly social and digital context. Regularly aligning products and services with market demand is not ...

By Ross FastucaonApril 7, 2016

7 Traits that Separate Real CFOs from Wannabes

When people praise the successes of companies, their market strategies and quarterly performance, business owners, and CEOs are usually the ones who get all the credit. No one talks nearly as much about CFOs (Chief Financial Officers), and that doesn’t ...

By Paul PodburyonApril 6, 2016

Are Bleisure Trips the Holiday of the Future

There are fundamental changes taking place in the travel industry that is affecting the way that people take trips. Business travel is no longer strictly for work or leisure, but instead a blend of the two - referred to as “bleisure” - which combines ...

By David FastucaonApril 3, 2016

The Ultimate Hotel Loyalty Program Looks Like This…

In my opinion, hotel reward programs are at the top of the "rewards point hierarchy" (assuming such a list exists). They are just so coveted by all consumers (myself included). Even credit card companies and other major brand establishments seem to want ...

By Ross FastucaonMarch 24, 2016

Here’s What You Should Know About Sustainable Travel

Environmental sustainability has been a hot button topic over the last couple of years. It is one that has affected (and is still affecting) how businesses conduct their daily operations in a responsible and thoughtful manner. Consumers have also started ...

By Sandra McLeodonMarch 21, 2016

Six Great Ways To Handle Negative People

We all know that someone who is an eternal pessimist. An individual who never sees the good in anything and has a toxic nature that is incomprehensible and defies logic. While some of these people are ignorant of the negative impact that their actions ...

By Ross FastucaonMarch 17, 2016

The tricky business of digital strategy

Technology can have a fundamental and transformative impact on your business. For leaders, the development and definition of the overall digital growth strategy is especially important. The disruptive nature of technology decides which businesses live or ...

By Sandra McLeodonMarch 14, 2016

Five top tech tips for business travellers

International business travel has become a regular activity for many Australians as more companies sign contracts with international organisations, and multinationals open new branches across the world. It can be both exciting and daunting, depending on ...

By Ross FastucaonMarch 9, 2016

5 Common Struggles for Today’s CEO

The business climate of today is one that is unflinchingly complex, riddled with uncertainty and requires a heightened amount of physical, mental and emotional stamina. This landscape is particularly challenging for any chief executive officer to ...

By Sandra McLeodonMarch 8, 2016

[VIDEO] Australian Corporate Travel Statistics

Australian corporate travellers are well known throughout the world for their adventurous spirit and love of travelling. Here are some corporate travel insights we've compiled for your viewing pleasure.                        

By Locomote TeamonMarch 1, 2016

6 Tips for Writing a Successful Corporate Travel Plan

Putting together a corporate travel policy is not for the faint of heart - organisations of all sizes can attest to the vast amount of resources required to make it comprehensive. While various companies have different definitions of what constitutes as ...

By Ross FastucaonMarch 1, 2016

How we did it: travel Locomote picks up speed

What began as a simple plan to streamline in-house travel bookings is fast becoming one of Philip Weinman’s most successful start-up ventures. Serial tech entrepreneur Philip Weinman has a typical approach with his start-ups – launch them, grow them, ...

By Media ReleaseonFebruary 29, 2016

7 Interesting Design Trends To Consider

Design is transformative - the dynamic and empowering characteristics permeates every aspect of our existence. As we enter the month of February, here are seven design trends we would like to underscore. 1. Prominence of “Privacy by Design” Information ...

By David FastucaonFebruary 10, 2016

Trends That Travel Managers Should Be Aware Of

Like an airport terminal, the day-to-day business life of a travel manager is hectic. As one task is taking flight, they’re on to the next, while shepherding and extinguishing other emergencies. With this reality, staying abreast of industry trends is a ...

By Sandra McLeodonFebruary 8, 2016

What is Globalisation Looking Like in 2016?

“The world is a global village”. This is a term that we’ve either heard or used to describe how accessible and interconnected the world has become, in part, due to the Internet and other technological advancements. Generally speaking, globalisation as we ...

By Ross FastucaonFebruary 3, 2016

Is Travel Security still a Business Pain?

The 21st century business is one that is either currently or is in the process of becoming global – such is the deep-seated characteristic of capitalism. As a result, the average company employee is constantly on the move for work, shuttling between ...

By Ross FastucaonJanuary 27, 2016

Here are 19 Australian startups that had an amazing 2015

Published by Business Insider Startups and entrepreneurs had a lot to be proud of in 2015. Last year Atlassian, the software company behind Jira and HipChat products, made headlines as the biggest success story in Australia after its $8 billion float on ...

By Locomote TeamonJanuary 14, 2016

Millennials and the Redefinition of Management

Like the rush of adrenaline to a lifeless body, Millennials are infusing energy into the apathetic veins of companies, and by extension, redefining how management go about their structural activities. Comprehensibly so, since according to this 2013 ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonJanuary 11, 2016

Big Management Change Starts From The Top Down

Change Management of any magnitude is one that requires both thoughtful consideration and skillful execution.  Without sounding manic, such a seamless transition within a business can mean the difference a company that fails or flourishes. When it comes ...

By Sandra McLeodonJanuary 6, 2016

Business travel on the rise in Australia

New data from travel and expense technology company Locomote, reveals that local business travellers visited 499 different cities in the last twelve months. The majority of business trips included an overnight stay at another city. Overnight business ...

By Locomote TeamonJanuary 4, 2016

The 5 Interesting Travel habits of a Corporate Millennial

Millennials (a demographic whose age ranging from 18–34 years old) are increasingly becoming an integral part of the corporate structure. With their diverse backgrounds and Swiss-knifed skills, companies are continuously utilizing the nuanced resource ...

By Ross FastucaonJanuary 4, 2016

Be a Digital Winner, Not a Digital Loser

At this point in time, there’s no denying of the fundamental and transformative impact digitization has on any business. It would be the height of irresponsibility not to take a keen interest in such matters, especially for a CFO, who has the paramount ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 30, 2015

Systemise your Business in 10 Steps

Knowing you, streamlining processes and improving productivity in your business is of capital importance to you. You’re constantly looking for efficient ways that lead to notable transformation; you also understand that systemizing your business is of ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonDecember 29, 2015

Design is Really About Solving Problems

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a Medical Equipment Designer turned Entrepreneur at a business networking function. We chatted about an array of topics (current events, politics, sports etc.) and eventually got around to her new business ...

By David FastucaonDecember 27, 2015

20 Charities We Should Be Thankful for Today!

 Nonprofit organisations play such a crucial role in our individual lives and the world at large. Not only do they bring our attention to a broad spectrum of issues and ills occurring on a local and international level, most importantly, they remind us ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 24, 2015

Ho Ho Ho - Let's Go! - Thanks for a great Year

The holidays afford one the gift of reflection – that ability to flip through our mental (and physical) diaries, review and take stock. In doing so, one can’t be anything but grateful. With that, here a few choice words to our customers and staff: To our ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 23, 2015

Christmas Eve Traditions from Around The Globe

Oh, Christmas Eve! The glorious day of the year when everyone (kids and adults alike) is pregnant with anticipation and excitement about the D-day: Christmas! The urge to write “C-Day” was strong, but I thought against it – cheap laughs and all.  What ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 20, 2015

Vital Airport Tips for Business Travellers

A sage traveler is what you are. You’ve got your flying rituals and routine down to a tee – understandably so, every other week you’re jetting off to and from a different city on a corporate mission. With the number of accumulated travel points, one ...

By Ross FastucaonDecember 17, 2015

[VIDEO] Locomote Hackathon

Locomote recently held their quarterly Hackathon event where the team are taken offsite and are given 48 hours to turn and idea into a working proto-type. At the end of the 48 hours each team presents their idea and a winner is selected based on various ...

By David FastucaonDecember 17, 2015

Less is More - Hold Back Seriously!

Yes, this piece might come across as another narrative that supports the “doing less with more” cliché – I wouldn’t fault you for that line of thinking – but, considering the century we’re in (one riddled with an abundance of information), it is ...

By David FastucaonDecember 15, 2015

Negotiating Deep Discounts Has it's Drawbacks

A reservoir of reason, rationality and resources - that’s how your colleagues would describe you as the Chief Finance Officer. Partly because, a principal part of your job is procurement related – this obviously involves improving spend visibility, ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonDecember 14, 2015

Travel Risk Management for Traveller Security

We live in a predominantly hyper-connected world. Every sphere of our lives is interdependent on one another; businesses are not exempted from this reality. Despite the pervasiveness of technology, there’s still the need for international business ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 9, 2015

Jet Lag Cures So You Can Get On With The Job

Jet lag can be the worst thing to happen to a frequent traveler like you. It can make you sluggish, grumpy, disorientated and generally not in the best state. It’s an unfortunate by-product that Travel Managers face when globetrotting between different ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 8, 2015

Does Cost Control Keep You Up At Night?

Whether it’s formulating future proofing strategies, ensuring continued regulatory compliance, spearheading strategic financial initiatives, or wondering if there is room in modern business for originality, the concerns of a Chief Financial Officer in ...

By Pip Spibey-DoddonDecember 7, 2015

Locomote signs Global Framework Agreement with MasterCard

Australian travel technology company, Locomote has announced it has inked a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with financial services giant MasterCard, in a joint effort to help organisations improve the management of their corporate travel.  The ...

By Locomote TeamonDecember 6, 2015

7 Tips to Make Business Travel Less Boring

“Ugh! I’m going on a business trip.” We’ve all thought or uttered this particular phrase (or something similar) at one point or another, either to others or ourselves. It’s an epiphany that induces sympathy and a myriad of angst-themed scenarios. ...

By Ross FastucaonDecember 4, 2015

Travelport acquires majority share in Aussie start-up Locomote

Billion-dollar Nasdaq-listed travel commerce platform Travelport has taken control of Melbourne-based tech start-up Locomote upping its stake in the company to 55 per cent and installing a new chief executive.  Terms of the investment will not be ...

By Media ReleaseonNovember 30, 2015

10 Employee Productivity Hacks

Motivating your employees to increase productivity can seem difficult. Distractions constantly rob your team of their focus and lowers the level of productivity, has a direct effect on the measure of quality you provide, and effects the success of your ...

By David FastucaonNovember 30, 2015

Len Rust from the Rust Report talks to Philip Weinman

Philip Weinman, CEO & Executive Chairman of Locomote talks about Locomote and the challenges facing the corporate travel industry. Locomote is a travel and expense technology platform that gives businesses complete control and visibility over their ...

By Locomote TeamonNovember 25, 2015

Open Plan Offices: Bad for Productivity?

The idea of the open plan office began in the mid-1950s as a way to increase communication and the flow of ideas. The following years saw slightly different versions come and go until the current version began in the 1990s. The original arguments about ...

By David FastucaonNovember 23, 2015

Australia’s 30 Best Business Blogs

Today you don't have to wait around for the next edition of your favorite Australian business trade journal to be delivered to your mail box. You can get the latest and greatest business information from business leaders in the know simply by reading ...

By David FastucaonNovember 22, 2015

How to Beat the Anger Trap and Keep Calm

Everyone experiences anger at work. The nature of work requires making and following a plan to achieve a specific outcome. Things go wrong no matter how well you plan them and as a manager you must remain calm to remain in control. How do you react when ...

By Ross FastucaonNovember 18, 2015

A Campaign Strategy for your Career

Career planning is very much like a political strategy. Like any political strategy, it involves asking a few key questions: are you getting the introductions and job opportunities that match your impact and skills? Are you meeting the kind of people ...

By Locomote TeamonNovember 16, 2015

5 Things Great CFO's Have in Common

All over the world companies and corporations employ Chief Financial Officers (CFO). Although recently you may have heard that the role of the CFO has evolved. The basic responsibilities are still important. Overseeing the company’s finances, investing, ...

By Paul PodburyonNovember 16, 2015

How Design Thinking Has Disrupted Markets

Consider for example the car. Now, it was Karl Benz who took out the patent for the internal combustion engine in 1879. But the automobile didn’t take and disrupt the transport market until 1908 when Henry Ford began producing the Model T. And it was the ...

By David FastucaonNovember 13, 2015

Why it Pays Delegate

In a business context, the word delegate is a verb that means to trust someone with a task. You as the senior person (owner or manager) hand over responsibility and authority for a task to someone else. You might wonder if it’s a good idea to trust other ...

By Locomote TeamonNovember 11, 2015

4 Ways to Put an End to Staff Travel Cost Blow Outs

Traveling is necessary when conducting business. You must go where the customers are, and this costs money. A conservative estimate for staff travel expenses in many companies is around 10% of their budget. If your company is one of approximately 70% of ...

By Locomote TeamonNovember 11, 2015

Are Your Travellers Happy?

As the economy continues to tread water Australia’s companies, continue to look for ways to reduce expenses. Many have turned to the area of business travel and started focusing on tightening their belts. They are creating and enforcing policies that ...

By Paul PodburyonNovember 10, 2015

How to Handle a Poor Performer

Handling a poor performer is a tough ask for any manager, No one wants to be the bastard for the day. It’s just one of those things that has to be done. Unfortunately, few do it that well. A study by UK research institute Roffey Park found that few ...

By Ross FastucaonNovember 8, 2015

8 Truths about Developing a Business Network

A business network is a critical component of your success. You seek out others and build trusting mutually beneficial relationships. You must seek out people relevant to what you do whose values align with your own. This does not mean people just like ...

By David FastucaonNovember 5, 2015

9 Sales Strategies I Hate

New sales techniques constantly arrive on the scene. Someone outlines a list of new tactics, promising new levels of success. As a sales professional, you can often be confused and skeptical about how to proceed. With all the successful sales strategies ...

By Locomote TeamonNovember 4, 2015

Presenting with Impact

Most people hate doing presentations. When it comes to doing presentations, so many people are complete turkeys. They get stage fright. But there are ways to handle it. Here are some rules. Be clear: This important. You have to know what you want to say. ...

By Ross FastucaonNovember 1, 2015

Can you do your job for life?

Not all people would be excited about doing the same job for their entire life but some professions like acting, singing, writing, or creating sculptures often hold people’s interest for a lifetime. The one thing these professions all have in common is ...

By David FastucaonOctober 29, 2015

Developing Emotional and Physical Resilience

It’s an old joke. There’s a little boy who always gets on everyone’s nerves because he’s so upbeat and resilient. When he gets in trouble with his parents, he just laughs and asks what’s next. Exasperated, his mother takes him to a doctor and asks what ...

By David FastucaonOctober 28, 2015

Future Proofing Your Procurement Skills

Procurement as a business function has changed significantly over the last decade, and most experts seem to agree that the next decade will produce even more dramatic changes. Procurement in 2025 will require you to use additional knowledge and skills to ...

By Locomote TeamonOctober 27, 2015

Dealing with toxic leaders

Toxic bosses create hostile and unhealthy work environments. They are terrible to work for and need to be managed. Sooner or later, we all come across the toxic leader. We all know the sort, whether it's the Montgomery Burns clone, the pathological ...

By Locomote TeamonOctober 26, 2015

Legacy Technology: Will You Get Left Behind

When you hear the term legacy technology from your IT people, they may be referring to an out of date computer system. The term will also come up when discussing plans to transition, or convert, to software as a service (SaaS). Discussing planned ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 21, 2015

Mental Health In TheWorkplace

Mental health in the workplace is good for business. It not only results in less absenteeism, more engaged workers and better productivity and morale. It also means there’s less likelihood of workplace disability claims and fines for breaches of health ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 21, 2015

Locomote Partners with Regus

Click here to view on Business Insider 20 October 2015 – Australian travel and expense technology company, Locomote, has today announced a partnership with the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, Regus. The partnership will see the Locomote ...

By Locomote TeamonOctober 20, 2015

Managing stress – the silent killer

Work conditions changed forever with the global financial crisis, leaving people more vulnerable to stress, something that has destroyed careers and productivity. Given all the distractions and interruptions that happen for every professional every day, ...

By Locomote TeamonOctober 19, 2015

Communication breakdowns at work

George Bernard Shaw best summed up the problems that lead to communication breakdowns. The single biggest problem in communication, he said, is the illusion that it has taken place. And therein lies the problem. Most companies think they’re communicating ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 15, 2015

Workstations of the future

When you think about it, workstations of the future are already upon us. The future is now. Think about it - fewer people work in an office each day. Many more work from home. As a result, many of us no longer need file cabinets to store all our ...

By David FastucaonOctober 14, 2015

How to keep your bright sparks motivated

Winning the war for talent is not just about hiring the right people. It’s about keeping your most talented people motivated. No company wants to spend thousands of dollar hiring people to see them leave a few months later for a better deal.  Assess the ...

By Locomote TeamonOctober 12, 2015

The Savvy Business Traveler: Business Trip Packing Tips

A business trip in itself can be stressful. A work trip, especially one that comes up on short notice, means canceling your weekend plans with the family, getting on a plane in the middle of the night in order to make it to the meeting the following day, ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 12, 2015

5 Ways to Use SAAS To Your Advantage

It’s one of the oldest jokes around but it sums things up nicely. A guy is up in a balloon and realises he is lost. He lowers the balloon. Spotting a man below, the bloke in the balloon asks him for directions. “Sure,’’ says the man. “You’re hovering 10 ...

By David FastucaonOctober 7, 2015

Pricing a company’s human capital

How much is human capital, the measure of the economic value of an employee’s knowledge, personality, social attributes and skill set, actually worth? It’s an important question. Think of all the money people and companies spend on education, not to ...

By Paul PodburyonOctober 5, 2015

Passwords – Are you at risk?

Passwords stand at the foundation of Internet and application security, but do they provide the safety so many of us seem to believe they do? Thousands, nay millions, of passwords and digital identities are stolen every day by highly organised, richly ...

By Ross FastucaonOctober 1, 2015

Managing a team through change

Change management is a tough gig. It’s even more complex with teams because there are different ways team members can react, all of them valid. The manager’s job is to anticipate and make the change the happen for everyone in the team, not just the high ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 30, 2015

Road Map For Managing Difficult People

Wherever you go, you’ll run into difficult people. We know the sort. Think of the bullies, passive-aggressive personalities, snipers, negative nellies, blamers, yes-people and know-it-all’s you’ve run into. Then there are the micro-managers, the jealous ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 28, 2015

How to manage the boss

EA Series In just about every workplace, people assume managers manage and workers do the grunt work. But in the real world, it’s not that simple. For many people, progressing in your career is about knowing how to work the system and manage the boss. ...

By Media ReleaseonSeptember 24, 2015

6 Tips on How to stay in the loop when travelling

Manager & Procurement Series For anyone who has to travel, staying in the loop and knowing what’s going down has now become the number one skill for any executive assistant, CFO or procurement manager. On one hand, it’s a lot easier these days: that’s ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 20, 2015

Rules for Implementing change 

Procurement Series Change management as a discipline has been around for about half a century. It’s already created a management industry which, according to IBIS World, has been valued at $8 billion here in Australia. And companies have made huge ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 17, 2015

How to manage effective meetings

Management Series Everyone who has worked in an office has had to sit through at least one. Everyone knows about those long rambling meetings that last for hours and go nowhere, sessions where people interrupt or dominate. Some even use the meeting as an ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 15, 2015

Leading with emotional intelligence

  Management Series Understanding the way emotions work is critical for managers. Without that skill, they are likely to be bad managers who simply can’t work with people. What they need is emotional intelligence, the ability to identify emotions and ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 10, 2015

Don’t be caught with your emails showing

We all take emails for granted, like TV and the telephone on your desk. We don’t ask how they work, we just use them, and so does everyone else in your organisation. They are convenient, fast, easy to use and reliable means of communication.   According ...

By Ross FastucaonSeptember 8, 2015

How to manage a workaholic

Executive Assistant and Management Series I have a confession to make. I don’t relax that easily. I am always on the go, sleep is just a temporary interruption.  But I know all about the benefits of disconnecting and taking time out. After all, even ...

By Locomote TeamonSeptember 6, 2015

Lifehacker seeks Entrepreneurial Advice from Philip Weinman

Locomote is an all-encompassing travel technology solution, simplifying and improving corporate travel processes for companies across Australia. Designed with the user in mind, Locomote makes booking and tailored travel programmes efficient and smarter. ...

By Media ReleaseonSeptember 1, 2015

How to keep control of business travel expenses

Philip Weinman CEO & Executive Chairman of Locomote a travel and expense technology solution provider talks about how to keep control of your business travel expenses with Dynamic Business. Business travel can turn complicated if it’s not well managed, ...

By Media ReleaseonAugust 21, 2015

Pre-approval travel tech would have saved Bishop

  Locomote's CIO & Co-founder, Ross Fastuca, talks to The Australian about how Locomote's travel and expense technology could've avoided the government a lot of trouble and Bishop's travel scandal. To read the full article click here.  

By Media ReleaseonAugust 19, 2015

MP travel expense scandal avoidable with modern tracking apps

Ross Fastuca was interviewed by Claire Blake Radio 4BC 1116 News Talk on how MPs travel can be better managed to avoid scandals.  Locomote is a travel and expense technology company that simplifies expense tracking for corporate travellers. CIO and ...

By Media ReleaseonAugust 14, 2015

Locomote and Expensify partner to automate business travel

Australian travel tech company, Locomote, has integrated with global expense management platform Expensify in a deal which the two companies say will simplify business travel and make it more efficient and smarter.  To hear more about this announcement ...

By Media ReleaseonJuly 29, 2015

Larkin leads Locomote's consulting operation

  Locomote recently announced the appointed Sarah Larkin as the new Director of Consulting Services.  Larkin will be responsible for leading Locomote’s growth; assisting clients to transform their travel program, and providing them with tailored ...

By Media ReleaseonJuly 17, 2015

Where is Business Travel Heading?

According to Carlson Wagonlit Travel, customisation, mobile technologies, fresh booking practices, the sharing economy and digital payment solutions is the future for business travel. Locomote have begun to make waves in the travel industry, particularly ...

By Media ReleaseonJuly 15, 2015

Tips on How to Manage Your Travel Expenses

  Come fly with me Business travel was once seen as a luxury for the privileged few. Getting out of the office, flying first-class, staying in five star hotels, socialising with the client and having a seemingly inexhaustible entertainment account. It ...

By Media ReleaseonJune 1, 2015

Nine new appointments boost the Locomote team

In August 2014, Travelport invested in Locomote, an Australian travel technology company, acquiring a 49% share.  Locomote’s travel management platform saves companies time and money by enabling them to book, authorise and manage their travel from ...

By Media ReleaseonApril 28, 2015

Smart Company’s Hot 30 Under 30

Smart Company’s Hot 30 under 30 for 2015 was released this week and Locomote’s co-founders David & Ross Fastuca made it into the top 10. These entrepreneurs are aged 30 years or younger and are from 30 of Australia’s fastest growing companies. "We are ...

By David FastucaonApril 28, 2015

6 Tips about change management you need to know

Change is like tax – inevitable. So why is it so difficult? Three reasons really. 1. Just because the boss says so, puts people’s backs up. If staff think the only benefit is to Management (who already get paid a lot more than they do) they’re unlikely ...

By David FastucaonApril 16, 2015

Victory Against Cancer!

On 7 March David Fastuca, Co-Founder at Locomote, competed at AAMI Park in the 'Victory Against Cancer' football match curtain raiser to the blockbuster A-League clash between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory. The event has raised just under $26,000 so ...

By David FastucaonApril 6, 2015

The Three Biggest Nightmares of Corporate Travel

The Big Three Cost, time and imploding destinations. You might not encounter these issues every time you travel but they are all issues that will impact your company’s bottom line. Cost Australian companies spend over $21.1 billion on business travel ...

By David FastucaonMarch 20, 2015

What are the real costs of travel?

How much is your travel going to cost? This is the question asked by many companies. The reality is each year the cost of travel continues to rise. Rising costs and the ever advancing technology now makes travelling questionable. The return on investment ...

By David FastucaonMarch 17, 2015

Locomote boosts management team with key appointment

Fast-growing technology company Locomote has appointed Nicole Colley to the new position of client partner. Colley was formerly business services manager at law firm Allen & Overy and was one of Locomote’s original clients. In her new role, she will be ...

By David FastucaonFebruary 24, 2015

Locomote and Coder Factory Collaborate

Locomote and Coder Factory have joined forces to develop the quality of developers in Australia including a 50% target of youth and women uptake in 2015. The collaboration highlights that Coder Factory aim to reduce the technology skills shortage, ...

By David FastucaonDecember 19, 2014

Travelport takes local technology firms global

A MAJOR player in the $US7 trillion ($8.4 trillion) global ­travel and travel industry, the London-based Travelport, has been quietly buying up Melbourne-based technology companies to launch around the world. Travelport, which transacted travel worth ...

By David FastucaonDecember 5, 2014

Top Digital Innovator Award

"Two young guys from the western suburbs", David and Ross Fastuca, set up their first business together while they were still in high school. But the cousins saw the service side of their graphic design business deteriorate with the introduction of ...

By David FastucaonSeptember 18, 2014

Locomote Sets Out Global Growth Plan

Locomote - a Business Travel Technology Platform - sets the plan for global growth together with a further addition to the management team – Rachel Harper. CEO and Executive Chairman, Philip Weinman has set Locomote on the path for long-term growth after ...

By David FastucaonAugust 20, 2014

Travelport Announces Investment in Locomote

Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, today announced that it has invested in the travel technology company, Locomote, ...

By Media ReleaseonAugust 4, 2014