It’s the season of new beginnings! With winter behind you, now is the time to get your house in order and re-assess, re-evaluate and refine your business travel processes. From reviewing whether your travellers have the tools and information they need to make smart buying decisions to reexamining and communicating your travel policy, there’s a lot you can do to increase efficiency and decrease spending.
Top Tip: Your dedicated Thompsons Travel Account Manager will work with you to simplify and streamline your bookings, buying, account and expense management systems. The less time your employees spend on travel arrangements, the more time they will have to focus on their jobs.
Clear the cobwebs from your corporate travel policy
Time marches on, and so must your company travel policy. It’s vital that you regularly evaluate and update your travel policy to take advantage of emerging technologies and travel innovations that could help save your company money.
Top Tip: If you partner with Thompsons Travel, not only can you ease your travel budgets with our global buying and negotiating power, but you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your travel policy is in place and being met by an experienced travel management team.
Check your compliance
From POPI and GDPR to PCI DSS, have you dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s when it comes to compliance?
“If you comply with PCI DSS you will more than likely comply with certain conditions of POPI,” says Chantal Kliche, Retail Manager Thompsons Travel, Cape Region. “However, it is important to note that PCI only applies to cardholder data, while POPI applies to personal information at large – a much more significant category of information.”
Take a look at your technology
Today’s business travellers are tech savvy and accustomed to using the internet for everything. They expect the process of booking travel to be digital, intuitive, and full of choices, which is why you need to provide your travellers with more agile and responsive products and services.
Top Tip: Your dedicated Thompsons Travel Account Manager will guide you towards shifting your bookings to an online booking tool which offers you savings on your booking fees, enhanced reporting functionality and the ability to embed your travel policy, negotiated rates and approval process in a custom-created site for your business.
Review, review, review
Once your processes have been evaluated, it’s essential to continue to review your system workflows, addressing any gaps or shortfalls and making proactive improvements.
Hiring a travel management company makes your business travel more efficient and effective. Consider the time, money and stress you will save when you plan your next business trip. If you are interested in hearing more about the services Thompsons Travel can offer your company, contact us today.