Corporate Traveller sees surge in demand for technology

Buying Business Travel | July 15, 2019

Travel management company Corporate Traveller says it has experienced record levels of growth over the last year, as well as a surge in demand for technology solutions from its SMESmall and medium-sized enterprises customers.The SMESmall and medium-sized enterprises specialist reported it has earned an average of 55 new customers per month over the last 12 months, particularly in the retail, finance, legal and agriculture sectors across the UK.Since launching its YOUR.CT platform and mobile app Sam, Corporate Traveller says its clients are increasingly looking to technology solutions to manage their employee travel. The company has implemented YOUR.CT for more than 2,000 clients, while 3,000 business travellers have downloaded the chatbot-based mobile app Sam for support with itinerary management and booking on the move.

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Arguably the most significant, systemic trend in worldwide tourism today is the demand for “experiential travel,” typically meant to convey the idea of more immersive, local, authentic, adventurous and/or active travel. Some people will argue that travel is inherently “experiential” by definition and that the phrase is overused, but the focus here is on the shift toward the mainstream. With travel consumer behaviors varying wildly in this space, it’s a matter of degree how we define and approach the overall trend.

Spotlight

Arguably the most significant, systemic trend in worldwide tourism today is the demand for “experiential travel,” typically meant to convey the idea of more immersive, local, authentic, adventurous and/or active travel. Some people will argue that travel is inherently “experiential” by definition and that the phrase is overused, but the focus here is on the shift toward the mainstream. With travel consumer behaviors varying wildly in this space, it’s a matter of degree how we define and approach the overall trend.

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