Tag Archives: Festive Road

Service Providers See Growing Interest In Travel Manager Outsourcing

By | September 12, 2018

Travel manager outsourcing is getting more attention among some service providers. Representatives from travel management companies and independent consultants gave a few reasons for more interest among clients. The procurement mindset influences travel management. Companies don’t want to add their own full-time employees to a non-core function. Travel is getting more complicated and travel managers are as busy… Read More »

Caroline Strachan On The Real Traveler Of The Future

By | July 3, 2018

If suppliers want to better serve travelers into the future, they best understand those future travelers’ needs. Festive Road managing partner Caroline Strachan, a frequent traveler and former travel manager, puts herself in their shoes to distill the essentials of personalization and engagement. Two years ago, an audience member asked a great question whilst I was onstage at… Read More »

Attendees See IATA/Travel Management Company Meeting As A Good, If Belated, Start

By | March 15, 2018

Travel management company executives said they were happy that the International Air Transport Association engaged them during a first-of-its-kind meeting in Geneva last week. The gathering kicked off IATA’s new Global Travel Management Executive Council. The effort was a long time coming, some said as they pushed aside their complaints to focus on the positives. So what was… Read More »

Recasting The Travel Manager’s Role

By | March 13, 2018

Travel management always has been about communication. Today it’s called engagement, and it’s crucial. Collecting feedback from travelers, coordinating with various departments and getting the right messages to the C-suite can be daunting. Repositioning the travel manager’s role may help. A recent job posting at Tesla reflects today’s thinking. The corporate travel manager for the Americas region that… Read More »

Experts Argue Travel Management And Human Resources Need A Reunion

By | February 27, 2018

Competition for top talent is intense in some industries and keeping demanding workers is challenging. Many companies have recognized this by revamping approaches to human resources. A growing number allow workers to personalize benefits packages. They’re providing various perks to help employees calibrate work/life balance. What about travel? Aligning better with people strategies is perhaps one of travel management’s biggest opportunities. It may… Read More »

Consultancies Advocate Rightsized TMC Sourcing

By | November 29, 2017

Festive Road is a travel consultancy for the social media age. It’s got excellent communicators. Heck, it has The Company Dime as a partner (see disclosure, below). When it comes to TMC sourcing, the U.K.-based firm’s announcement this week of a simpler approach met with a ho lot of hum from competitors on both sides of the Atlantic.… Read More »

Still Looking For The All-In-One Business Travel App? What’s That?

By | April 13, 2017

Corporations are looking for an all-in-one business travel app that doesn’t, and won’t, exist. Developers think messaging, natural language and “deep linking” between apps bring the notion as close to reality as possible. A single mobile app that does everything sounds great. Why? Simplicity. It’s natural for procurement pros to seek fewer suppliers. It’s easiest to point travelers… Read More »