Orbitz for Business Launches Small Business ProgramMarch 7, 2012 By: George Dooley Travel Agent
Competition for small business accounts may increase with Orbitz for Business's launch of Orbitz for Business Express. Orbitz for Business is the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide. The new program will offer savings, convenience and professional travel services to small businesses with travel needs, including those currently without a managed travel program, Orbitz says.
Recognizing the need for growing companies to have a managed travel solution that is both flexible and affordable, Orbitz for Business Express will empower those businesses with a dedicated booking website, special rates and discounts, 24/7 assistance from Orbitz travel experts, detailed reports on company travel expenditures and full mobile access to travel searches, bookings and flight updates – with no minimum transaction requirements, Orbitz says.
There are over 30 million business travelers in the United States, 70 percent of whom book their travel through an unmanaged process, Orbitz says. "Orbitz for Business Express is designed to bring managed travel solutions to companies with smaller travel budgets or unmanaged programs, offering a simple and quickly implemented program that enables growing companies to focus on expanding their business instead of planning travel. "
Benefits cited by Orbitz include an easy-to-use booking tool based on the familiar Orbitz.com user interface, as well as lower transaction fees, specially promoted business hotel rates and air discounts, access to a dedicated corporate call center for 24/7 support and corporate discounts negotiated exclusively by the Orbitz team.
Orbitz for Business Express will enable companies to get the most out of their travel dollars by providing vital insight reports that track costs across multiple travel categories, and traveler safety is enhanced by tracking tools that monitor itineraries every step of the way, the company says.
“With the launch of Orbitz for Business Express, we are uniquely equipped to support any size organization,” said Frank Petito, president of Orbitz for Business. “Whether it’s a global Fortune 100 firm needing a robust Orbitz for Business solution or a startup that requires a streamlined approach through Orbitz for Business Express, our broad array of managed travel solutions can be tailored to meet every corporate travel need.”