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Business Travel Show announces extended education stream for PAs

The Business Travel Show’s ‘Fundamentals of Travel Management’ conference programme for EAs and PAs will return in 2015 with an additional two sessions. Delegates can now choose from ten presentations covering everything from online booking, to working with TMCs, negotiating with airlines and hotels, CSR and duty of care.

The Business Travel Show is Europe’s leading specialised exhibition and conference for anyone who buys or manages business travel. It takes place on 25-26 February 2015 at Olympia Grand in London and PAs and EAs can register for a free pass at www.businesstravelshow.com.

“In many SMEs, it is left to PAs and EAs to look after travel for everyone in the company, but managing business travel can be complex and time consuming when it’s just one of a multitude of tasks assigned to you,” explained Business Travel Show event director David Chapple.

“What we hope ‘The Fundamentals’ session achieve is helping new business travel buyers to get started by introducing them to the essentials, and also bringing experienced buyers up to speed with the latest issues and trends that will affect the market in the next 12 months.”

The ‘Fundamentals of Travel Management’ sessions are:
Wednesday 25 February

• Using data for improved savings and control
This session looks at where to source data and how to analyse and act on it.

• Safety and security – a best practice guide for beginners
In these troubled times, good travel management means looking after employees’ safety and security on the move. This session looks at how to organise risk management internally, and what external support and technology you may need to maximise traveller protection before and during their journey.

• Online booking and other technology – how to choose it, how to implement it, how to maximise adoption
Learn how to implement a booking tool to maximise adoption – and find out about other technology tools such as automated expense management.

• Choosing a travel management company and other partners
Travel management companies and hotel booking agencies play a crucial role in supporting your travel programme and this session explains how to find the right one.

• Negotiating the best savings and value with airlines
It is still possible to negotiate substantial discounts with airlines – but only if you do your homework. This session explains how to prepare before negotiating.

Thursday 26 February
• Ten quick wins to get you started in travel management
This session will teach you everything you need to know about making a flying start to travel management in 60 minutes!

• Travel policy – your key to balancing maximum compliance with traveller experience
A well-crafted policy is at the heart of any successful corporate travel programme and this session looks at how to build that policy.

• Communication – how to engage travellers and other stakeholders in your travel programme
Getting travellers onside is now considered essential for the success of any travel programme – and senior management buy-in is equally important. Find out how to talk to the stakeholders that matter in your organisation.

• Corporate payments – achieve more savings, more data, more process efficiencies
Corporate payments are a convenient way for your employees to pay for their travel, but there are many other benefits too, including improved data and massive process efficiencies.

• Negotiating the best savings and value with hotels
Discover how to shape your programme to win the very best deals for your lodging spend.

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