What event takes 130 people, 27 trucks, a 747 cargo plane, multiple cars, hotel rooms with late check-in and late check-out, catering, advance travel teams, and contingency plans? Here’s a hint: It’s all for one two-and-a-half hour rock and roll show.
Welcome to the Sir Paul McCartney tour!
The travel requirements for this tour were described as “practically a paramilitary operation,” by Global Business Travel magazine editor Peter Greenburg in his recent article “Band on the Run: Anatomy of a Mega Rock and Roll Tour.”
It’s not just the musicians’ needs they have to consider. Planning a concert tour means coordinating travel for the entire crew, including lighting and sound techs, caterers, and accountants, plus the arranging of numerous hotel rooms, navigating weather, and dealing with lost luggage. It’s nothing short of a business travel management miracle.
But having had the privilege of attending two of Sir Paul’s concerts, I can confidently say that all the behind the scenes acrobatics are certainly worth it!
(Oh, and while you’re browsing the latest issue of Global Business Travel, check out Christopherson Business Travel’s ad on page 7!)