New TripActions Team Travel Solution Powers In-Person Connections
It’s never been more important for teams to start seeing one another again in person.
COVID-19 forced companies and employees around the world to go virtual and miss out on the coveted in-person brainstorms, meetings, and happy hours that make work more productive and enjoyable.
As travel restarts, employees are eager to get back on the road and reconnect with their colleagues. In a recent TripActions customer survey, 76% of respondents said they miss in-person interaction with their teams. And even though 72% of companies said they will embrace a hybrid work model moving forward, 49% expect teams to travel more than before, to foster in-person collaboration.
Bringing distributed team members together will be critical in the coming months to increase collaboration and strengthen company culture. But with changing regulations and more distributed work forces, event organisers are facing a unique situation. They need to keep travellers safe and guide them through health procedures and country restrictions; at the same time, they need to ensure compliance with company policy and provide visibility into the environmental impact of their travel.
Enter TripActions Team Travel. This innovative new solution offers customers an intuitive booking platform that takes these considerations into account, helping users make the best decisions for their team’s travel while streamlining the booking process.
"Team Travel is a game-changer,” says Sammit Khandeparker, Global Travel Manager of Springer Nature Group. “It will revolutionise the way we manage our small meetings and events. The ability to seamlessly create an event online — and then monitor and plan the event through a comprehensive dashboard from start to finish — will drive so many efficiencies in our business."
“It’s just like TripActions says, ‘In-person connections are super important.’ You can’t shake hands or give someone a hug on Zoom. A more collaborative team effort requires you to be in person,” explains Emmett Bamba, Corporate Travel Manager at Twitch.
Key team travel features include:
Create and customise events for up to 20 participants in just a few clicks, based on preferences. Effortlessly select a destination, event start and end dates, participants, preferred hotels, payment methods, and more. Rich content integrations provide the insights and real-time data event organisers need to make the most informed decisions and safely bring your team together based on COVID-19 destination data, carbon emissions, country restrictions, and health guidelines.
Estimated Event Travel Budgets
TripActions AI algorithms help estimate the overall event travel cost with a high level of accuracy (median price, price-to-beat) to help event organisers and financial teams get further financial visibility. The Team Travel solution also supports cost centres, individual departments, and custom fields, to ensure organisations have the most granular real-time data related to their events’ travel spend.
Seamless Guided Self-Serve Experience
Meeting and event organisers can configure their events and invite participants directly from the event creation page, notifying participants guiding them through the entire travel booking process. Travellers know what to book and when, according to their company policy and event preferences. Participants can also learn country restrictions, visa requirements, and health procedures during the booking process, ensuring a smooth travel experience.
Smart Hand-off for Room Blocks
Meeting and event organisers can request TripActions’ Meetings & Events support to secure a hotel room block and meeting space directly in the event creation process. If the room block is already secured, admins can seamlessly notify all participants using the admin dashboard.
Empower your participants to invite an extra guest and book on their behalf. Guests are notified with all their itinerary information.
TripActions has launched more than 45 new global product enhancements and capabilities since March 2020, but Team Travel has generated one of the highest levels of excitement. It signals a return to normal while empowering team members to meet in person once again while maintaining visibility, safety, and cost control.
Jean-Baptiste Pivard, Head of Indirect Procurement at Nilfisk, summed it up perfectly: “TripActions’ Team Travel will simplify the organisation of internal meetings, give us more autonomy, and help us budget the cost of travelling for meetings more efficiently.”.