CPSA's Business Travel Tool Opened to All Canada SMBs
Planning future business travel should get a great deal easier for Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses thanks to the Canadian Professional Sales Association, which has opened up its Travel Save Pro program to all Canadian businesses.
This travel planning program was previously only available to sales professionals. Travel Save Pro has proven to be a very popular feature for members due the CPSA’s long-standing relationships with travel service providers and variety of service options. According to the CPSA, 80 percent of businesses who previously joined the non-profit cited the travel savings as a main reason for joining.
For anyone that has tried to negotiate the complicated headache of booking flights, car rentals, and hotels for a business trip will appreciate the organization, simplicity, and variety of options that Travel Save Pro provides. Also, during a time of tight budgets and an uncertain economy, the program offers the most cost-efficient value for travelers.
“The timing is right for the introduction of Travel Save Pro,” says Harvey Copeman, President and CEO of the CPSA. “The number of SMEs in Canada has grown 10 percent since 2002 and because they drive more than half of Canada’s gross domestic product, we believe it is important that they succeed. The CPSA is in a unique position because we are a not-for-profit organization and can pass the savings we negotiate on to the end user without mark up; saving them more money and making a contribution to their growth.”
Travel Save Pro benefits are available to anyone who registers at www.travelsavepro.com and pays a yearly fee of $129.00 CDN + tax. The fee gives small and medium businesses access to discount prices on a range of travel services and often pays for itself in just one business trip.
Who Is CPSA
Canadian Professional Sales Association, located in Toronto, is one of Canada’s oldest not-for-profit associations. It was formed in 1874 and its mandate is to be a leader in developing and serving professionals by providing benefits and programs to help them be successful at selling. Nearly 30,000 members across the country are able to take advantage of resources such as travel & business discounts, white papers, certification programs and seminar events aimed at improving sales skills. The association is an excellent resource for information on business travel trends and SME business issues. More information about the CPSA can be found on the web at www.cpsa.com.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”