Amadeus and BCD Travel recently held an Asia
Pacific Corporate Travel Network event.
Sponsored by SAP, over 40 corporate travel
managers gathered at Raffles Hotel, Singapore to discuss the top
trends impacting corporate travel in the region.
With business travel on the rise, delegates
identified a need to work together within the corporate travel
sector, to strike a balance between catering to travellers’ needs
and keeping corporate travel costs low. A snap poll at the event
revealed three key priority areas for travel managers in Asia
1. Attendees collectively agreed that retaining
a travel consultant was of the utmost importance to ensure
consistent service quality and using technology to integrate
multiple or complex bookings.
2. In the quickly evolving travel sector, ‘duty
of care’ remains paramount. Travel managers are increasingly
looking towards integrated solutions as a 'corporate duty of care
and reporting tool’ to ensure the health, safety and welfare of
3. Lastly, the availability of a ‘one-stop shop’
when making travel arrangements remains key. With the tech-savvy
end user in mind, travel management companies are progressively
adopting user-generated content and big data to customise and
personalise the travel experience through a single entry point.
Karun Budhraja, Vice President, Corporate
Marketing & Communications, Amadeus Asia Pacific delivered the
keynote and moderated a panel at the CTN event and said that
participants collectively agreed that corporate travel is on
increase across Asia Pacific.
“With red tape or visa restrictions lifting, we
will see an increasing number of travellers commuting between
countries for their jobs. Indonesia will see close to 1 in 5 small
business employees. We will also see the rise of the female
business traveller that is predicted to increase up to 400 per
cent in 2030, from the current 4.5 million. These represent many
opportunities for travel providers,” said Budhraja.
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