News | Distribution | TechnologyTravel managers: this is your bucket list for 2016This article was originally published onBy Kevin May | December 11, 2015 Mobile and wearable technology are tipped to play an even bigger role in the organisation of corporate itineraries and traveller management in 2016.A survey by Carlson Wagonlit Travel of over 1,000 travel managers around the world has identified a number of key elements in the corporate travel sector that are expected to have anything from a moderate to critical impact on how it operates.The report is broken down into six areas of so-called priority for travel managers as they look ahead into the next 12 months: New technology and servicesAir and ground transportationHotelsPolicy and complianceResponsible travelReporting and analytics Highlights from across the study are as follows: "Only", says the study, a third of travel managers expect IATA's NDC distribution standards project to have an impact on 2016.80% of travel managers say that safety and security issues remain as a high or very high impact on travel programmes.Popularity of virtual credit cards for payments is getting stronger, with 51% of respondents saying they expect a high influence on how plans are paid for by customers. Nearly a third (32%) believe sharing economy-type services (Uber/Airbnb) will have an impact next year and only the same number have included such products into existing programmes so far.Some 44% of travel managers do not have a policy of combining business and leisure into trips (38% say leisure can be combined, 18% will not allow it).Reverse auctions are also gaining traction, with 85% of hotels improving their initial bid, amounting to an estimated 3% savings overall. 84% came from lower rates and the 14% from added services such as breakfast, web access.Over half (53%) of travel managers expect low cost carriers to have an impact on travel programmes next year, with 15% of transactions flowing through CWT's systems featuring LCCs. David Moran, executive vice president at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, says: "Travel managers have told us loud and clear that the traveler experience will play a major role in the 2016 travel program. "Whether it’s proactive destination information, help in an emergency, multichannel access or personalized services – everything is designed to provide travelers with a seamless experience at every stage of a trip."Share this quote The full study is available here.NB:Travel manager image via Shuttertock.