The three year contract will deliver a more coherent travel service across the organisation, with effective cost control and increased transparency on spend across the vast network of international offices and projects.
ESA will also benefit from one of the industry’s most technologically advanced booking and reporting tools to reinforce cost awareness and value for money whilst at the same time ensuring improved travel experiences for end users.
The new coordinated and integrated approach will be led by the ATPI Group’s team in France. ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, (created in 1975) with the mission to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. Today, ESA has 20 Member States.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
Besides its Headquarters in Paris, ESA has also sites in other European countries, each of which has different responsibilities;
· EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;
· ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;
· ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany;
· ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;
· ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
· ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, in Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
· ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.
With a network of over 70 offices in 42 countries around the world, the ATPI Group has critical travel booking technology at the heart of its operations. This will allow the ESA’s network of offices and missions to access the same real time travel itinerary recommendations, availability and price information.
Adam Knights, group sales and marketing director commented: “We are thrilled to have secured the European Space Agency account. It truly takes our business to another dimension. We are committed to delivering results in line with their high expectations and demonstrating that the business value of globally integrated travel planning and booking is not just beneficial but truly, no pun intended – out of this world.”
Richard Guerrand, head of ESA travel management and videoconferencing commented: “Being experts in travel, albeit intergalactic ourselves, we were suitably impressed with the ATPI Group’s ability to provide the expertise and commitment needed in what is an extremely specialist sector with very individual needs. We look forward to this new working relationship with the ATPI Group and are excited about the many efficiencies it is sure to bring.”