Rabu, 09 Oktober 2013

On The Spot: Travel Policy's Feeble Protections

USA TODAY Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY 8:04 a.m. EDT October 9, 2013 Sam Gilliland is Chairman and CEO of Sabre Holdings, the world's leading travel technology company, where his love of travel, entrepreneurial spirit and technical expertise inspire him to lead more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries. (Photo: Doug Kapustin, for USA TODAY) Story Highlights Joined Sabre Holdings in 1988 as a software developer Stepped down as CEO in August, but remains on the company's Board of Directors Best advice: "Stay close to the customer" SHARE 1 CONNECT 13 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Sam Gilliland didn't set out to become CEO of one of the most influential travel technology companies in the world. He was an engineer by trade when he joined Sabre Holdings in 1988 as a software developer.

Anderson told reporters last week that his airline has not seen any drop of impact from the impasse. We havent seen any changes in travel demand at all. Travel demand is strong all over the world at the moment, he told a reporter for the Dallas News.

Students who took educational trips had higher grades: Travel helped 59 percent of those who took educational trips achieve better grades. Students who traveled more likely to graduate and seek higher learning: Fifty-seven percent of adults who took educational trips as children and teens attained a college degree or went on to do post-graduate work, whereas only 33 percent of those who did not went on to higher education. Travel added to context and depth of classroom discussions: For 80 percent of those surveyed, educational travel sparked greater interest in what they were taught in school. Among those who traveled, 86 percent believe educational trips made them more intellectually curious inside and outside the classroom. Educational travel was not perceived as boring: Ninety percent of adults who took educational trips during this age range reported that their travel was fun, engaging and/or inspiring.

"They don't realize what's excluded." That's the second point on which Kundell and Breyault agree. This isn't news to anyone, and I apologize to the scribes who write these policies, but insurance policies don't make the Top 10 list for scintillating reading, unless you enjoy being in a state of incredulity. That's the state that replaces the states of ignorance and confusion once you dig into these things. One Orbitz-hyped policy I looked at had me jaw-dropped. You might not be covered, for instance, if you get fired and it's your fault.

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