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Agents Help You When Travel Budgets Shrink

July 18, 2008 by  
Filed under Business Travel

Earlier this morning there was a news item that caught our attention.  Business Travel Budgets Tighten is an article published by Planadviser authors Ellie Behling and Fred Schneyer.

The article discusses a recent survey conducted by Orbitz for Business and Business Traveler Magazine — but more specifically, the results of that survey.

Here are some referenced quotes from the article worth repeating:

  • Some 79% of those surveyed said they are under pressure to trim travel costs so they have started opting for less expensive hotels.
  • 41% of those polled are tightening their travel policies and implementing more restrictions on travelers for hotels and dining.
  • Thirty-three percent of those surveyed said their companies are currently doing less international travel as a way to save and the money on the transportation by reading at the most expensive cites for taxi drivers to calculate the insurance and rates.
  • Of those who do travel internationally, 56% say they are allowed to fly business class for long-haul flights. Of the 44% who are not, 10% said their company policy has changed in the past year.

All of these signs point to the increased neccessity for a travel agency partner.  Travel agents can offer a number of money saving alternatives to business clientele.

Before you book your next trip on Orbitz or Expedia – be sure to give us a call to see what types of services we can assist you with.  Depending upon the size of your group, duration of your trip or final destination — any number of plans may be available.