Although many of us get caught up in the “glamorous” side of business travel – room service, limousine transfers and plush hotels – there’s a less pleasant side-effect of travel which often goes ignored.
That’s right - jet lag. You’ve been preparing for a conference for months, but between preparing your slide deck and ordering extra business cards, you forgot all about the impact travelling across several time zones can have on your body.
At one point in your corporate career, you’ll be faced with the infamous red eye extravaganza: catch the first flight of the day, to a meeting at 9 am, lunch with investors, followed by an afternoon meeting, and right back on the plane home. Even the seasoned traveller dreads this trip: the time slots are tight, and with one small error the entire trip is ruined. With the demand in efficiency increasing by the minute, it’s important to remain calm and in control when travelling for business, even in the moments when things seem to fall apart. Not to worry! EAS has you covered from start to finish, no matter how tight the schedule.
If you’re a corporate event veteran, September means one thing: DMEXCO in Cologne. The Digital Marketing Expo and Conference celebrated its 9th edition this past month, with 40,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors, making the Cologne event the largest congress trade fair for the digital industry in Europe. Conferences are almost always filled to capacity, and this year was no different: with a roster of speakers like Tim Alexander (Deutsche Bank), Pieter Haas (Media Saturn), Kim Kadlec (Visa), it’s no wonder most attendees arrived 45 minutes early to secure a good spot and resisted from taking bathroom breaks.
Over 40,000 people attended dmexco 2017 in Cologne’s huge Koelnmesse conference center. The annual event, held in September, lets visitors experience first-hand digital trends expected to shape the future, and how they’ll affect the business models of tomorrow.
Bringing together visionaries, media professionals and techies, dmexco provides a platform for innovation and communication for the areas of marketing and creative thinking.
Planning to be part of this year’s event? Well, here’s some tips and advice for getting around and making your conference experience a breeze.
The nearest airport, Cologne (Köln), is an easy, short trip to both the conference center and the city centre. The well sign-posted Skytrain (take the S19 to Messe/Deutz) is an efficient 20-minute ride, followed by a short tram or taxi ride to the Koelnmesse conference center.
The same S19 Skytrain will take you to the city centre – alight at Cologne Central Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof).
If you fly into Dusseldorf, take the S11 Skytrain to Düsseldorf Central Station (Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof) and change for a non-stop intercity service to Köln Hauptbahnhof. Expect a journey time of approximately one hour.
Getting around Cologne is also easy with a single ticket covering the Metro and Trams – and with a well-connected system, you’ll get from A to B quickly; unless you prefer a leisurely walk.
Tickets can be purchased at KVB ticket vending machines (coins only accepted), or when you board the tram. Day tickets and tourist passes are also available.
Remember to validate your ticket at the start of your journey – look for red validating machines as your enter the vehicle.
When deciding where to stay, key in mind that Koelnmesse Conference Center is a 20-30 minute tram ride, across the Rhine River from the city centre. Trams 1, 3, 4 and 9 service this route.
We have a selection of hotels our customers enjoy staying at, whether being close to the conference is your preference, close to the river or nearer the old town and the ‘sights’.
Whatever your requirements, we’ll tailor an accommodation and experience package that's perfect for your needs. So get in touch.
Every conference generates an avalanche of data. From attendee contact details to employment information, to gender, disabilities and dietary preferences, collecting our personal data for later use is fair game - or at least it has been, until now.
Many will be aware of the dreaded GDPR, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which is coming into force in May. Regulators promise stiff penalties for infringements, and even mighty tech giants like Facebook have embraced GDPR as it sets the new data protection standard globally.
With great power comes great responsibility, so it’s easy to say it’s bitter sweet building a relationship with your boss. As the promotions come and the salaries increase, the tasks become more high stress with more at stake. Your boss will delegate important tasks to those closest to them, and so naturally, the time will come when you will be asked to book your employer’s business trip.
Although this task may seem daunting, fear not! With our easy to follow, step by step guide, EAS makes planning your boss’s business travel experience a cinch.
In today’s hyper connected digital world our lives, both personal and business run based on a steady flow of information. In fact so much of our lives is digitised – our social interactions with friends and family, holiday snaps transmitted around the world in an instant and payment for our daily caffeine fix are just a few examples. As a result the digital devices we wear or carry round with us have become an absolute necessity, especially for business.
However, we have become so dependent on our connection to people and information; technology can be both a blessing and a burden.
Avoiding long airport queues, defeating jet lag and dealing with bad weather are all second nature to seasoned business travellers.
In the majority of cases, business travel will go off without a hitch. It’s an excellent opportunity to visit new places, make new contacts, get to know remote colleagues in person and learn new things.
But what should you do when things go wrong?
Destination Management Companies – DMCs (not to be confused with Run DMC, the American hip hop group!) – are the intermediary business travel service providers that arrange accommodation and events abroad.
DMCs take care of every aspect of business travel, from organising airport transfers and accommodation to coordinating events. Their unrivalled local city knowledge and supplier relationships take the burden off you and your employees – saving you both time and money.