When you think about corporate travel management you may not think about how they vary from a travel agent but indeed they do vary from a travel agent. We are going to talk about the different ways that a corporate travel management company differs from a travel agent.
A travel agent is someone that just books the reservations for your flight and makes sure that you are in the right area. They make sure you get the hotel that you need and everything is taken care of in those regards. A corporate travel management company does those things as well but they also do much more. They make sure that your are traveling in such a way that works in line with what your company desires. It can even include management of the company credit card to make sure that whoever is using the company credit card is doing everything in line as the corporation intended. They monitor and implement the companies strategic approach to travel. If you are a big corporation and you have a lot of employees that are going out and traveling on your dime (or really even just one) then it is important to make sure that your employees and your corporate travel strategy are being efficiently implemented. We know that travel costs a lot of money and so you want to be able to get as much of the planning taken care of as possible by an outside source who has a firmer hand on things.
Travel agents are typically for individuals and families that are going on vacation. They make sure that you simply have the way to get there, a place to stay and a way to get back. They can also help tell you about the fun things there are around the place where you are traveling. With a corporate travel management company or business travel planners they won’t really talk to you about the fun tourist sites to see but they will help you manage your corporate money while you are there which can be very helpful. When you are traveling it is overwhelming to think about what you can spend with your corporate money and what you can’t. So if you have travel planners helping you with all of that then you certainly have an easier time getting things taken care of. Travel agents might give you tips on spending but they certainly are not going to be managing your money or overlooking your financials.
Corporate travel is a different animal than leisure travel. That is why there are corporate travel management companies that are here to help you with all that you have to do. It can be so nice to have this kind of help not just for the travel but also for the corporation. In a sense they are a middle man that does a lot of the back and forth work so whoever is traveling can focus on going to meetings and the corporation can keep up with day to day stuff.