1. Steady growth, though perhaps slower than in the past: At Travel and Transport, a mega-agency in Omaha, it’s “steady as she goes,” says CEO Kevin O’Malley. While acknowledging that there is a bit of “general nervousness” among clients, he sees steady growth from the agency’s corporate customer base, though perhaps less than in recent years. 2. Prices continue to rise: With consolidation the buzzword among global suppliers, hotel rates and airfares are expected to rise as well, Cline said. However, Adelman has previously seen travel decline during presidential election years, which sometimes has generated discounts from suppliers to encourage travel. Kevin Hamilton, EVP of sales for Conlin Travel in East Lansing, MI, said the agency sees a positive 2016 for the world economy, bringing an increase in air fares of a few percentage points, assuming stable oil prices. Hotels will see a 4%-6% rise in average global hotel rates. But competition will mean just a moderate increase in car rental rates. 3. Focus on duty of care: Risk management “is a big emphasis for corporations,” Cline said, and corporate customers are incorporating new policies and technology to help monitor employees’ location in case of an emergency, especially when they travel abroad. Adelman sells its clients a tool called Concur Risk Messaging that identifies where travelers are around the world and allows the company to send text messages directly to travelers regarding travel alerts and alternative travel arrangements if needed. Get the full story at Travel Market Report