The Corporate Travel Department (3 Important Skills for any Travel Manager)
If you hold the title of travel manager you may have a tougher job then most may give you credit for. The title of travel manager is somewhat new but in todays fast paced society it is absolutely necessary for any company that has any type of travel needs to either have an individual, and if needs are great enough, an entire department dedicated to handling all a companies logistical needs. Years ago a companies procurement department, the department responsible for obtaining any services or goods that the company may require, was responsible for handling the travel needs for the company but often times that is a recipe for disaster.
A procurement department is concerned primarily with one thing, the budget. Whatever is the cheapest way to go is the direction that the procurement department heads in. This is where you will find online bidding for services and all types of haggling and negotiations. Now that may be fine when it comes to buying 10,000 pens or reams of white paper, but not when executive car service and or air and ground logistics are concerned. Executive car services that can offer a low price point are not properly reinvesting their revenue back into the business. Car service and limousine service is not cheap. If you are looking for inexpensive ground transportation use a black car company or a cab service. That is not intended to sound haughty or arrogant it is the truth, this is an industry where you get what you pay for.
The corporate travel department needs to have a solid understanding of their budget and the current and upcoming cost of travel in order to properly do their jobs. Gas prices and airline costs change monthly and from region to region it is important to be aware of these variations. The travel manager needs to be organized, they need to have a complete schedule for all upcoming transfers and they need to be on top of any last minute changes or fluctuations in that schedule. Most importantly (and this is the case with many positions) they need to be able to communicate properly and effectively. Communication is necessary for success in any travel department because things move quickly and there are a myriad of variables that can affect even the most meticulously planned travel schedule. The travel department needs to be on top of all these changes and variations and then they need to be able to communicate properly to the correct person or persons these changes and the significance of them.
The corporate travel manager is not an easy job. There is much to take into consideration and many variables to account for and often when things beyond your control throw a wrench into the works you will be the one doing damage control. A proper understanding of the travel industry, a good head for budgeting and a knack for communication will contribute to the recipe for success for any travel department in any industry.
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by Jarrad Kulick