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World Leaders Weigh in on the State of Business Travel From baggage fees to TSA restrictions, a look on what's on the horizon for business travel, and how to make it better.

By Bruce Schoenfeld

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The keynote speeches at the Global Business Travel Association's annual convention in July in Boston could hardly have carried more heft. A jaunty George W. Bush told attendees, "Our country does presidential travel right." Interesting, sure. But not much use for the rest of us.

Then Bill Clinton told a standing-room-only crowd that business travel is thriving despite the efficiencies of new communications tools because there are competitive advantages to seeing people face to face--but also because "it's fun." Really? Rewarding, perhaps, but from endless security waits to onerous baggage fees, aging rental-car fleets to increasingly crowded hotels, there's not much about planning or taking a typical business trip that's fun.

The words of yet another leader served as a cautionary reminder that most executives' experiences are a long way from Air Force One. "As a traveler, are you better off today than you were four years ago?" asked Brad Gerstner, founder and chairman of online hotel-booking service Room 77 and founder and CEO of Boston-based Altimeter Capital.

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