Christopherson Business Travel Ensures Travel Policy Compliance and Duty of Care with New Technologies
- Travel Approval
- Hotel Attachment
Salt Lake City, UT -- Christopherson Business Travel is set to launch two new products to assist companies in achieving higher travel policy compliance, duty of care fulfillment, and simplified travel management processes.
"Our two new technologies, Travel Approval and Hotel Attachment, are solutions that solve common problems faced by corporate travel managers—the inconsistent and often undocumented travel approval process, and reduced travel policy compliance as a result of low hotel attachment rates," said Mike Cameron, Christopherson's CEO.
The first technology, Travel Approval, is a digital notification process that obtains and tracks approvals from booking to traveler to manager. Once a traveler makes a reservation—whether online or with a full-service travel agent—a series of synchronized emails are sent to both the traveler and the traveler's manager through which the booking can be approved, modified, or canceled at any step or permission level.
"Online booking tools have done a good job in digitizing travel approvals but there has always been a gap in the approval process for agent-assisted bookings," Cameron said. "We built Travel Approval as a complete, digital solution for approving those agent-assisted reservations. The result is the unification of online and full-service approvals and a greater ability to enforce travel policy compliance."
Christopherson's second new technology, Hotel Attachment, is a hotel compliance system that identifies itineraries with missing hotel bookings and provides the traveler with four options to close that gap: 1. Make a hotel reservation; 2. Request another reminder for a later date; 3. Attach a hotel reservation made outside the system to the itinerary; and 4. Waive the need for a hotel reservation. With Hotel Attachment's digital reminders, companies can ensure trip plans are complete and hotel compliant prior to travel.
"Low hotel attachment results in weakened vendor negotiations and compromised duty of care," Cameron said. "Hotel Attachment solves these problems. First, it meets the needs of the travelers who want an acceptable hotel included in every itinerary. Second, it meets the needs of the travel manager who wants savings, a knowledge of where travelers are in order to fulfill duty of care responsibilities, and the ability to satisfy the company's commitments with contracted hotel vendors."
Travel Approval and Hotel Attachment are both integrated into and supported by Christopherson's proprietary technology platform, AirPortal. They will be released at the 2015 Global Business Travel Association Convention in Orlando, Florida, July 25-29.
About Christopherson Business Travel
Christopherson Business Travel is a travel management company specializing in travel technology and consultative account management. As an industry innovator, Christopherson developed the first comprehensive mobile app for travel managers, AirPortal 360™ Mobile, and continues to deliver meaningful digital solutions to clients via its robust software platform, AirPortal®. Ranked as the 12th largest business travel agency in the U.S. by Business Travel News, Christopherson operates from five full-service locations and has booked more than $600 million in travel in 2016 for more than 900 companies and organizations across the country. For more information, visit www.CBTravel.com. You can also follow Christopherson on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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Christopherson Business Travel
5588 South Green Street
USA - Salt Lake City, UT 84123