Westport, CT (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently predicted U.S. business travel spending will rise about 6.6 percent in 2014, up from 3.8 percent in 2013. Companies are putting more of their people on the road. International business travelers and short-term assignees are the new ambassadors for Global 1000 firms. This trend means new opportunities for employees, and for those who support them. But, it also means new challenges. Living Abroad has been supporting assignees, their families, and short-term assignees with up-to-date destination information for over twenty years. The new Go4Biz app provides information from this trusted source, and is designed specifically for the needs of the business traveler.
Go4Biz covers pre-departure information, how to conduct business, social customs and culture, money and banking, health and safety, security, getting connected, telephones, food, and getting around for each top business traveler destination. Go4Biz currently offers access to information on 38 initial locations, with more in production. Also included in Go4Biz is “My Travel Tracker” — an easy way for global business travelers to keep track of their travel, and to forward that information to compliance professionals who need it. The Go4Biz app fulfills many of the unique and pressing needs that business travel creates — both for the new wave of expats, and for the teams that support them. Why take chances with new and valuable investments in global ambassadorship? Stack the odds in your favor by downloading Go4Biz.
Traditional long-term international assignees are given help with immigration, tax equalization, cost-of-living (COLA), housing, schools, cultural training, and language training. But often, support for international business travelers is much more limited.
Meanwhile, compliance is yet another challenge for this new wave of expats. The average Global 1000 company has 45,000 employees. As many as 10% of them may be traveling at any time. This poses a significant risk to the employer – from local tax liabilities to work permit issues – if their whereabouts are not accurately tracked and reported. National governments are monitoring compliance much more closely than in the past, pushing mobility risk issues up the agenda in many corporations. Global HR professionals are now asked to handle international business travelers, because of their expertise in these areas.
Smartphones are excellent devices for tracking, and for obtaining real-time information. Products such as Go4Biz designed for them can streamline travel-related activities such as destination orientation, tax and visa compliance, and work authorization.
Whether you are a business traveler or supporting one, explore the Go4Biz Australia report for free at http://go4biz.mobi/demo.html.
About Living Abroad LLC
Living Abroad (http://www.livingabroad.com), is the world leader in providing trusted and reliable country-specific reports on over 180 destinations. For over 25 years, Living Abroad has supported hundreds of businesses and corporations who move their employees and families around the world.
Living Abroad also offers a private, proprietary platform for employees to connect around the world, a cross-cultural tool, and custom global mobility portals for companies wanting to have all resources in one location. Our newest service, a business traveler mobile app, features key articles to support successful meetings around the globe.
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Cathy Heyne, GMS
Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development
Living Abroad LLC