By Carmen Stinson on Jan 25, 2019
2 min read
In a world where predictive technologies push the individual to what they like and want, your organization’s expectations and corporate travel policy must be communicated clearly, supported by management, and be reasonable and respectful to the travelers.
It’s no surprise that travelers prefer the streamlined experience of self-service and direct booking for routine travel. This is where online booking tools for businesses come in handy.
So, what are the benefits of using preferred online booking tools?
Corporate travel online booking capabilities have increased in recent years. They narrowed the gap between self-booking online x booking through suppliers directly x travel agencies. Online booking tools offer compelling reasons for travel managers to work intensely to drive further adoption and discourage the practice of ‘rogue’ bookings (when travelers book whichever way they prefer).
- Increased policy compliance: Streamlined pre-trip approval processes and rule-based logic help ensure employees book their trips in compliance with the policy.
- Reduced traveler spending: Compliant bookings will use negotiated rates and follow cost-saving measures that are built in the company’s policy.
- Duty of care: Having all bookings consolidated in one place proffers effortless employee location and communication whether during a crisis or to provide assistance in case of travel disruption.
- Spend visibility: Develop strategies to save even more by gaining more in-depth insight into how travelers are spending money. Additionally, consolidated booking practices lead to better supplier rates.
When it comes to enforcing your corporate travel policy, you can offer employees the latest corporate booking technology. Align it with education and regular trainings, and it will generate savings and happier travelers, additionally.
Lastly, Travel Managers serve as a link between the travel management company providing the technology and the employees who are using it. They will assist in the implementation and testing of the ever-changing booking tool, facilitating training and adoption.
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By: Carmen Stinson
Director, Global Corporate Travel Sales & Operations