Welcome to Business Travel Quarterly, the e-zine of btTB/GBTA for corporate travel managers in Australia and New Zealand.
In this issue we continue probing the thoughts of industry leaders in an interview with Flight Centre Managing Director Graham “Skroo” Turner who, among other things, has over the past fifteen years built a large global TMC. Then we hear from the person in charge of the region’s biggest travel expenditure, Kate McKay from the Australian Government Department of Finance. Kate and her team at WoAG won the 2017 Travel Manager of the Year award. She discusses why travel is important, areas where savings and efficiencies can best be achieved, and benefits of collaboration in travel procurement.
Next up is a useful article by global risk management firm International SOS that looks at assessing and managing the risks of “share economy” accommodation. With hotel availability lower and rates higher in many cities, this is increasingly important.
We finish with some ponderings by yours truly about attacking the bigger savings potential that lies beneath the surface of TMC arrangements, and the benefits of having good business outcomes as the main goal of travel management.
We are well into our series of half-day events across the region, having run the event in Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. In this series, we have tackled stakeholder engagement, hotel procurement and new technology. Thank you to all our attendees, and we hope you made some good contacts and took home practical and useful information. And thank you to our sponsors; CTM, FCM, Stamford Hotels and Voyager ATPI. The second series will be run in the first half of 2018. Please let me know if there is an issue or topic that you’d like to see covered.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Business Travel Quarterly. The next issue will be in February.
Inside Issue 2
- Service, Trust & Relationships
- Business Travel Is Business
- Travel Risk & Share Economy Accommodation
- Driving your travel dollar further
- btTB GBTA Annual Conference 2018
- In the News
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