Managed travel vs. unmanaged travel

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The uncertainty and unease around travel will not last indefinitely – but travel as we know it has changed forever.

This includes business travel, which will now be considered under a completely new lens in terms of cost, necessity and duty of care.

Unmanaged travel, that is corporate travel with an open-booking policy, often appeals to smaller businesses. In unmanaged travel, employees can book their own trips and manage their own itineraries without a formal policy in place, reclaiming their expenses at a later date. It creates a ‘false’ sense of freedom as employees book with airlines of their choice, enjoy the independence and autonomy of making their own travel decisions – and often tag on bleisure opportunities if possible.

Unfortunately, unmanaged travel can cost businesses a lot more in the long run, and it’s not just money.

The advantages of a TMC

A reputable TMC will give their clients, big or small, access to highly-personalised solutions, mobile tracking and security, instant reporting, flexibility and more. As companies begin to grow and their travel needs become more complex, unwieldy and expensive, it’s a good idea to outsource corporate travel management to a TMC.

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