The Wire...from AirPlus: Travel Program Globalization

As the world is increasingly connected through economic and technological ties, corporations of all sizes continue to move towards a global model for their business travel programs

Travel Industry Wire In the latest edition of The Wire...from AirPlus, 132 corporate travel managers from the United States and Europe share their opinions and program trends about the globalization of their travel programs.

The practice of globalization has become so embedded into corporate travel programs that 45 percent of those surveyed reported they already have a global program. An additional eight percent reported that they will globalize in the next 12 to 18 months. Another 15 percent classified their programs as multinational.

The reasons for globalization of corporate travel programs are multifold, but are led by overall cost containment, increased leveraged with suppliers and enhanced safety and security tracking.

According to the survey, travel managers were almost evenly split between a "1-1-1" strategy of a single worldwide TMC, GDS and booking tool and a regional strategy of contracting individual TMCs, GDSs and booking tools per region.

For more details, including a complimentary PDF of the survey results, please visit the AirPlus website.

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