2016 Travel Predictions

2016 is finally here! A new year full of potential and excitement, and a new set of resolutions. It is the time to set goals and achieve what you have always wanted! You want to get fit? Time to hit the gym. Want to learn a new language? Pick up a class at your local college. Have you always wanted to see the world? The best time to start planning is now.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or starting fresh, it is always important to plan out your trip early to maximize your enjoyment. To help you plan for that, here are some trends experts foresee for travel in 2016.

 

The Good:

  • Dramatically lower fares in 2016

Tim Winship of frequentflier.com predicts that because so many carriers have expanded their presence there are too many new flights to fit the demand.  This means an excess of seat inventory. Monitor a range of flight websites over a period of time to find the best deal and be on the lookout for airline price wars.  These are the best ways to ensure that you get the best rate.

 

  • Mandatory hotel resort fee surcharges added to your room rate for items like pool towels and wireless internet could die next year

Sally Greenburg of National Consumer League predicts that hotels may finally make changes or completely throw out charges for these extras to ease consumer frustrations. Hotels have seen how these small changes can increase customer satisfaction with free Wi-Fi being the testing grounds last year.

 

  • Increases in Mobile apps

Henrik Kjellberg of Hotwire sees your phone becoming more important for travel plans. Mobile apps will increase consumers’ abilities to plan a trip from anywhere and at any time. We suggest taking a look at WorldMate, Skyscanner and TripIt.

 

The Bad:

  • High hotel occupancy levels and room rates

Bjorn Hanson of NYU predicts that hotel occupancy levels will be at an all-time high which will result in higher pricing. Make sure to book early!

 

  • Changes to airline and hotel loyalty and membership programs

Dave O’Flanagan of Boxever predicts that airlines and hotels will make changes to their loyalty programs which could results in the value of your points dropping. Customers do not value these programs with the same level of appreciation as they once did.  Recent surveys found that less than 1/3 of consumers believe that loyalty club membership guarantees a better experience.  Further, if we see a significant airline fare decrease as predicted above, you can expect mergers and changes.  It is a good idea to use up those accumulating hotel and airline points before these programs devalue any further or go away completely.

 

With all the potential 2016 holds we hope you plan ahead and get out there and travel.

Happy adventures!

 

Written by Samir Ahmed and Stephanie Thomas

 

Trends compiled by Christopher Elloitt in USA Today on 12.21.15

 

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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Is Domestic Travel About To Become More Complicated?

Domestic travel is about to get trickier for residents of Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York. Starting next year, residents from these states will be required to show a second form of ID apart from their state driver’s license to board a domestic plane. In December of 2013, the Department of Homeland Security passed the Real ID Act, which set federal standards for government issued IDs. The states listed above do not require residents to show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain their license and, therefore, do not pass the new security standards.

So, what counts as a second form of ID?

  • Passports
  • Passport Cards
  • Military or Government IDs
  • Enhanced Driver’s License or EDL (only available to New York and Minnesota residents)
  • NEXUS Card
  • Global Entry Card

At this time, the exact date that these changes will be implemented is unclear but the Department of Homeland Security has stated that it will be “no sooner than in 2016”.

By JNR Incorporated

 

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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JNR Holiday Boutique

We all strive to find that perfect work/life balance, the yin and the yang that keeps us sane.  Too often that state of equilibrium is tossed aside as we approach the holiday season where we are met with seemingly endless commitments, deadlines, budget balancing, gift giving, family meals, celebrations and anything else we can cram into the remaining six weeks of the year.  A major perk of working for an Incentive Company is that our people get the value of incentives.  Our executives know the importance of happy employees and our HR team is phenomenal in keeping us all engaged; always working hard to make sure JNR employees like being JNR employees and will continue to be JNR employees.  To make our lives a little easier, last Friday our HR team including Heather, Kristy, Kelsey and Kalyn pulled together our annual Holiday Boutique.   After weeks of planning and organizing, our hallways, conference rooms and any open space we could find were filled with vendors selling their wares and giving us all a little head start on the holiday shopping.  It’s little things like this that can really make a difference in employee satisfaction.  Giving busy employees a chance to take a break, shop for one-of-a-kind to high end, locally made items in preparation for upcoming Holidays was a welcomed treat. Thank you also to our incredible vendors, if anyone would like to shop local you can visit their websites below.

 

Girly Laundry – Women’s Clothing and Accessories
http://www.girlylaundry.com/

doTERRA – Essential Oils
http://www.doterra.com/en

OC Culture Shop – Handcrafted Soaps
http://occultureshop.com/
Gold Canyon Candles – Scented Candles
http://occultureshop.com/

Rodan + Fields – Specialized Skin Care
http://occultureshop.com/

NativeCreationsCo – Handcrafted Jewelry Inspired by nature
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NativeCreationsCo

Stella & Dot – Jewelry
http://www.stelladot.com/

 

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

A Time for Change (Please Read this with Your Family & Friends on this Thanksgiving Holiday.)

This year Americans will consume:

  • 51 million turkeys, equaling 2,266 Statues of Liberty.
  • Eleven million pounds of potato chips, enough to cover the state of Arizona.
  • And a billion chicken wings that could stretch from Seattle Seahawks’ field to New England’s.

Now, why is it we can’t feed the hungry in America?

Facts according to PEW Research Center:

  • The United States, despite being the richest country in their survey, shows nearly a quarter of Americans (24%) say they had trouble putting food on the table in the past 12 months.
  • This is up from just 16% who reported such deprivation in 2007, the year before the Great Recession began.
  • The American reported poverty level is closer to that experienced by Indonesians and Greeks, than it is the British or the Canadians. In fact, the percentage of Americans who say they could not afford the food needed by their families at some point in the last year is three times more than in Germany, and more than twice in Italy and Canada.

Now, why is it we can’t feed the hungry in America?

More facts according to DoSomething.org

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  1. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
  2. The USDA defines “food insecurity” as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. Food insecurity exists in every county in America.
  3. More than 18 million households are food insecure, causing more and more people to rely on food banks and pantries.
  4. More than 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table – if they even have a table to put it on.
  5. In the U.S., hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.
  6. More than 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it is 1 in 3.
  7. Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer meal sites.
  8. For every 100-school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
  9. 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
  10. 40% of food is thrown out in the U.S. every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans, which equates to half of those who are food insecure.
  11. These 8 states have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average (14.6%): Arkansas (21.2%), Mississippi (21.1%), Texas (18.0%), Tennessee (17.4%), North Carolina (17.3%), Missouri (16.9%), Georgia (16.6%), Ohio (16.0%).

Now, why is it we can’t feed the hungry in America?

Written by LuAnn Jalet, Chief Operating Officer

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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