Balancing Service and Costs In A Procurement Driven Travel Program

| June 20, 2017

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Over the past decade, procurement and finance increasingly have driven the processes, metrics, and contracts for corporate managed travel services. Savings have dominated the focus for most travel managers in recent years as companies sought to stretch travel dollars as far as possible during and after the last recession.

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