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17 January 2013 | Anna Reynolds
Travel managers will focus on more effective procurement in 2013 to help their organisations continue to travel during the weak economy, according to a survey carried out by the Business Travel Show.
The survey of 178 managers across Europe revealed the purchase of business travel will become more strategic, with an increase in online booking, long-haul flights and focus on sustainability. Cost management was another area identified by respondents as a key priority for the year ahead, in addition to using fewer suppliers and more focus on the use of mobile technology and applications.
Business Travel Show event director David Chapple said: “The trends for travel managers to become more strategic and procurement-led go hand in hand as they both push for an increasingly holistic approach to cost savings.
“Managers will be looking to make savings across all areas of travel management, including supplier costs, traveller policy, demand and technology. Why? Because being smart about cost cutting means they can help their organisation to continue to travel and trade their way out of recession, rather than stopping travelling altogether.”
Also commenting on the findings, Siri Persson, travel manager at Logica Sweden, recommended: “The travel buyer needs to take a more strategic decision on how to set up the travel process. Buyers also need to be more aware of the ways that relevant, user-friendly mobile technology can support travellers to make the best choices to reduce environmental impact and follow the company’s travel policy. This will save both time and money for all involved.”
☛ The Business Travel Show takes place in London on 5-6 February.