Service

Much of the rationale for a managed travel program is providing appropriate and satisfactory service to corporate travelers. That means working with airlines, hotels, ground transport firms, travel management companies, tech providers and others to optimize each step of a trip, from booking and planning through to post-trip reports and surveys.

Coverage areas include:
• Travel agents, both real and virtual
• Employee engagement
Mobile technologies for travelers
• Variability in hotel services
Personalizing travel
Visa processing travel

Travel Management Companies Sweeten Offers As Staffing Issues Persist

American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and CWT each has around 500 job openings, according to their websites. Industry employment and recruiting sources said some travel management companies had begun offering more competitive salaries and benefits to attract talent. Some refreshed or reintroduced recruitment and training programs.  It’s all not soon enough for corporate…

Modern Business Travel Pushes Limits Of Automation

There was a time when 30-year-old travel tech provider Cornerstone Information Systems saw an exchange on one in five tickets issued. Now that’s up to between one-third and half. This has huge implications for corporate travel services, labor and costs — as the industry has seen since business travel came back in earnest. Unfortunately, it’s…

Pete Buttigieg Is Trying To Fix Air Travel With A ‘Dashboard.’ What’s On It?

Customer service issues in air travel have regulators considering various measures. German lawmakers are looking into abolishing advance purchase fares and requiring airlines to charge passengers only when they check in. That would expand the idea behind Lufthansa’s “Pay As You Fly” concept for large corporate accounts. After last month proposing a new rule to strengthen . . ….

Embarrassing, Uncomfortable And Risky: What Flying Is Like For Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs

The New York Times chronicled the domestic trip of a passenger who uses a wheelchair and found that air travel in the United States can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and perilous. Meanwhile at the Global Business Travel Association convention, seminar attendees this week heard about new survey results on accessibility in business travel. Consultancy Accessio said…

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On Getting Business Travelers Resigned To The Great Resignation

Serko’s Tony D’Astolfo is always ready to serve his two cents with a smile. There’s been a lot of talk about the Great Resignation. And while we could debate why it’s happening, something not up for debate is how hard the travel industry has been hit by it. Hospitality executives lament the difficulty of replacing…

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