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B usiness travels at close to the speed of light. Trips are booked, canceled, changed, rerouted multiple times before a trip is actually made, if at all, making it increasingly diffi cult to keep up with where travelers are and what they are doing. Asking employees to keep their internal HR and global mobility stakeholders up-to-date with their travel plans and activities or to self-identify where they are going and when is cumbersome, time-consuming, and unlikely. This is especially true, not only for increasingly busy executives who have to hop on a plane at a moment's notice to meet business goals and deadlines, but also in a sharing economy, where business travelers are empowered to choose their own methods of transportation and accommodation. As a result, one of the biggest obstacles to managing a global population of business travelers is the accu- rate identifi cation, tracking, and monitoring of employees' travel, resulting in exposure to both immigration and tax risks. SHORT-TERM BUSINESS TRAVELERS WHERE HAVE THEY REALLY BEEN? By Julie Pearl and Nishant Mittal

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