FCM accredited with SAP Concur TMC Elite Partner Level

Buying Business Travel | November 21, 2019

FCM Travel Solutions has gained TMC Elite level in the SAP Concur Partner Program for TMCs – the highest level of engagement and collaboration attainable between any TMC and the travel expense and invoice management solutions provider. FCM said this reflected FCM’s continued focus on delivering the best possible levels of service and experience across the industry’s leading solutions. To qualify for the TMC Elite partner level, FCM had to meet criteria including TMC certification. This three-month operational process assessed FCM staff’s aptitude for implementing and supporting SAP Concur solutions for their customers and provided training programs to sharpen their expertise and product knowledge.

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Based on current trends and industry analysis, it is likely that Air bnb will continue to be a popular and successful platform for short-term rentals.The ongoing trend of people looking for alternative accommodation options to traditional hotels is likely to continue in the future.Ensuring your guests have a positive experience can improve your review scores and increase rentals.

Spotlight

Based on current trends and industry analysis, it is likely that Air bnb will continue to be a popular and successful platform for short-term rentals.The ongoing trend of people looking for alternative accommodation options to traditional hotels is likely to continue in the future.Ensuring your guests have a positive experience can improve your review scores and increase rentals.

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Air New Zealand | December 14, 2022

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Aeroitalia joins WorldTicket to Expand Travel Options in the European Region

WorldTicket | January 24, 2023

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Turo and KAYAK | December 12, 2022

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