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As an alternative to face to face meetings…Teleconferencing?

Posted on 27 April 2010

Teleconferencing as an alternative to some business travel has gained traction as the air travel experience deteriorated in recent years. But last week with European airspace shut down by volcanic ash, some companies that were already using teleconferencing found they could use it even more. The shutdown of air travel affected as many as eight million travelers, leaving a good number still struggling to get back on schedule. It may also result in “permanent structural shifts” in travel behavior, said the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, an aviation research group. “This event,” it added, “will undoubtedly have the teleconferencing lines running hot, and much of it will persist.” Even the most ardent proponents of teleconferencing agree that the technology cannot fully, or perhaps even substantially, negate the need for face-to-face contact in business travel. On the other hand, the experience of last week may have raised the bar for evaluating when a trip is necessary and when it can be replaced by a virtual meeting.

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