Navigant`s managing director Richard Furness (right) and Hamish
Broom, Sabre`s e-commerce and business development manager, signed a
contract at BT2002 in London this week (5.2.02) to make Navigant the first
UK customer for Corporate.Res, Sabre`s online self-booking tool for business
The European arm of Navigant International has become the first corporate travel management company in the UK to purchase Sabre`s Corporate.Res online booking tool for business travel. Navigant manages a global portfolio of more than £3.1 billion of business travel each year, and will be offering the product to each of its 300 corporate customers in the UK.
Navigant`s managing director, Richard Furness, said online self-booking tools would play an important future role in helping organisations to get the best value from their travel budgets.
Corporate travel management firms can help their customers save significant amounts of money simply by giving them the ability to make basic bookings and travel enquiries online?E Furness said.“This frees us up to concentrate on the more complicated itineraries and on negotiating the very best fares and rates for them”
Hamish Broom, Sabre`s e-commerce and business development manager, said it had become essential for corporate travel management firms to give business travellers the flexibility that advanced technology can offer.
“If any of Navigant`s business travel customers unexpectedly needed to get from London to Frankfurt tonight, they could do so by booking through any number of online travel sites or airline-direct websites. However, by offering its own online booking facility, Navigant is ensuring that its customers can still take advantage of the rates it has negotiated for them, and that they travel within the bounds of their corporate travel policies” Broom said.
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Sabre has reported significant?Einterest in Corporate.Res since its launch in September last year. The product is aimed specifically at small to medium-sized businesses, and the company particularly wants to partner with agencies that will market the product actively to this type of corporate customer.
“This is a good example of how Sabre is developing products to help travel agents market themselves more effectively by differentiating their service from that of the competition” Broom said.