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CONSULTANTS

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Using a business travel consultant can help give an expert and non-biased view on how to improve your travel programme, writes Rob Gill

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ver the past few years there have been a growing band of independent consultants working in the corporate travel world. But what exactly do these mysterious figures do when it comes to helping buyers and their organisations? What benefits can they bring to the table and, perhaps most importantly, how much do they cost and are they worth the money? Let’s start with who the consultants are in the first place. They generally break down into several categories including former travel buyers, managers and procurement specialists, as well as those from the supplier side of the business such as travel management companies (TMCs) or leading travel technology firms. A huge wealth of experience tends to be what consultants bring to the party, with many of them having held senior travel buying positions within major global organisations or at a leading TMC – and sometimes both. The size of consultancies also varies hugely, with some having a global presence with partners spread around the world and others effectively being a one or two-man band.

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The Business Travel Magazine - February/March 2020  

The multi-award-winning publication written and produced for bookers, buyers, arrangers and managers of business travel and meetings. This i...

The Business Travel Magazine - February/March 2020  

The multi-award-winning publication written and produced for bookers, buyers, arrangers and managers of business travel and meetings. This i...