Sabre’s GetThere, a major travel and collaboration management solution, has formally launched a new package of collaboration options for growing companies with 500 to 5,000 employees and less than $5 million in annual travel expenses. GetThere combines travel, meeting and networking solutions – with options for expense management and consulting services – to meet the collaboration needs of mid-sized companies.
“In 2009, travel management became 'travel decision management,' as businesses determined not just how often they travel, but if they will make the trip at all,” said Chris Kroeger, president of GetThere. “And with the collaboration options available to an employee today, 'travel decision management' has become 'travel and collaboration management.' This package neatly leverages the lessons we’ve learned with clients in recent years, and gives mid-sized companies a toolkit that will help them grow business and facilitate smart choices when it comes to travel and collaboration purchases.”
The recent recession drew a brighter spotlight on business travel spending, with corporations increasingly implementing more restrictive travel policies and openly promoting the use of collaboration tools such as conference calls, webcasts, video conferencing and social networking solutions for internal meetings and other non-essential travel, Sabre explains.
A Sabre Travel Network business, GetThere is a recognized leader among large corporations, providing online solutions for the majority of America’s 100 largest corporate travel programs. Now GetThere has turned its leading software-as-a-service travel and collaboration solution into a package for growing mid-sized companies, with innovative pricing that facilitates a payback period of less than six months for a typical business in this category.
With this new corporate travel and collaboration package, GetThere combines travel, meeting and networking solutions to help corporations connect in a more cost-effective manner. The package uses a “per employee per month” pricing structure allows for growing companies to proactively manage costs and see an immediate return on their investment, GetThere says.
The offering is a package of GetThere’s key collaboration tools, including:
* 24/7 online access to air, car, hotel and rail reservations with best in class service and support
* Travel policy that guides the correct travel shopping behavior, including clearly marked “company-preferred” and “out-of-policy” options
* Connectivity technologies that ensure seamless fulfillment with a company’s travel agency of choice
* Collaboration policy to facilitate use of non-travel alternatives like webcasts and video conferencing
* Easy, online attendee registration and management that saves meeting planners valuable time
* Property and site searches that follow corporate policy
* Air fare and guest room cost estimators and comparisons to help drive savings
* 24/7 knowledge-sharing among geographically-dispersed employees
* Access to business information, resources and answers
* Integrated travel itinerary information
* Seamless, online expense reporting for easy tracking
* Automated cost code and policy validation, and payment to card providers and employees
* Comprehensive data analytics and reporting based on expense data
* A set of travel program control and optimization tools, including dynamic messaging for corporations to educate travelers about policy in the booking process; automated pre-trip approval, allowing managers to approve travel before it is ticketed; unused ticket messaging that alerts travelers of available unused tickets as they shop for trips, driving savings for the travel budget
* Expert, objective assessments of travel program performance
* Unique recommendations and roadmaps to cost savings for individual companies
* Jointly developed project plans and collaborative working partnerships
Corporations, travel management companies and media can learn more about GetThere’s new offering at http://www.getthere.com/collaborate/.