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Travel Costs To Rise in 2013

The cost of travel is projected to strongly increase in 2013. This is despite weaknesses in the U.S. economic recovery, downturns in Latin America, slow growth in Asia, and continued flat to negative growth in Europe. In a white paper just released by the Global Business Travel Association, a survey of major U.S. corporate travel buyers indicated price rises that included:

• 4.6 percent in domestic economy airfare, to $429 per trip;
• 8.3 percent in international economy airfare, to $1,318 per trip;
• 3.7 percent for domestic hotel rates, to $161 per night; and
• 8 percent in international hotel rates, to $297 per night.

Pricing pressures are also being felt locally. Cleveland hotel room rates are edging up due to a stronger local economy and a shrinking CBD inventory. Two major properties, The Crown Plaza (converting to Westin in 2014) and Embassy Suites (converting to rental apartments) shut down in 2012. The Horseshoe Casino has also blocked significant room nights in the Renaissance Hotel, Marriott Key Center, and Ritz Carleton properties increasing demand in remaining hotels. In addition, strong forward booking for the new Cleveland convention center threatens to absorb new room inventory coming online in the next 36 months.

With years of depressed room pricing, Cleveland hoteliers are relieved to see broad sunlit uplands ahead. But remember, CWRU employees, students, and their families can still get relief with university-negotiated hotel rates. Visit the CWRU Travel Services website for preferred-vendor discount pricing.

New Look, More Info for CWRU Travel Site

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Travel Services is pleased to announce the completion of its website upgrade. The site provides a wealth of useful information to CWRU travelers, guests, and administrative staff ranging from direct-bill agency approval forms to special rates for car rentals and local hotels. It now has easier navigation, enhanced content, and improved access to travel documentation.

A new feature of the site provides flight status updates by flight number, route, and airport. Another feature delivers graphical updates on U.S. airport delays and weather.

Useful international travel links provide advisories from the U.S. Department of State, as well as updates from the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Major weather, public health, and other news impacting university travel is regularly displayed on the homepage.

CWRU visitors will benefit from enhanced information on Cleveland-area transportation options and airport services. In addition, hotels offering preferred CWRU rates are listed by proximity and displayed on a map grid.

The site remains a convenient place to review CWRU Travel Policy, study frequently-asked questions, and apply for American Express Travel and Expense cards. "We're offering more information on a greater variety of subjects in an easier-to-read format" says Travel Services Manager Michael Kurutz. "The upgrade has transformed our site into a better resource for the entire CWRU travel community."