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AirPlus Survey Highlights Emerging Markets as a Challenge for Global Corporate Travel Programs

Alexandria, VA, 10/29/2010

October's The Wire...from AirPlus

AirPlus International, a global provider of corporate travel payment solutions, releases October’s The Wire…from AirPlus entitled: Travel Programs Grapple with Emerging Markets. Over 78% of corporate travel professionals surveyed run global or multinational travel programs and said that obtaining visas, collecting and normalizing data, and getting access to supplier content were the biggest challenges in Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries). For more details, including a complimentary PDF of the results, please visit the AirPlus Community.

“We found that payment was also an issue for nearly 70% of travel managers covering China. A small percentage of Chinese business travelers use cards as a form of payment in the region. However, as the only lodged card in the region, offered in collaboration with Air China and our co-branded China Merchant Bank’s corporate card, AirPlus provides companies in China with a solution today. Read more about Travel Management in China in our recent whitepaper launched on the topic,” said Richard Crum, President and CEO of AirPlus International, Inc.

The Wire…from AirPlus is a monthly report on the pulse of the industry and its relevant topics. Results of this edition are based on a survey of 89 travel management professionals in North America and Europe from September 1 – 17, 2010.

AirPlus International provides savings to over 33,000 customers worldwide through a suite of business travel payment solutions which include central bill accounts, corporate cards and online management tools. AirPlus is travel agency neutral, the leading issuer of UATP worldwide and the preferred partner of various airlines such as Air China, British Airways (NYSE:BAB), Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL), Luxair, Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal and Singapore Airlines.

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