The travel industry is changing. From the needs of individual travelers to the airlines that put planes in the sky, the entire industry is undergoing rapid change and leveraging new technology. A key part of the travel industry constituency is made up of corporate travel managers—those individuals responsible for billions of dollars in travel spend. And as this entire industry evolves, corporate travel managers want to ensure that their voices are heard. Enter the Corporate Travel Forum.
In February 2012, a group of seasoned corporate travel managers gathered in Miami to discuss the current state of affairs, and, more importantly, the needs and requirements of 21stcentury corporate travel managers. Their output was the Corporate Travel Manifesto.
Participants in the Corporate Travel Forum include:
Dianne Bradley, Tokyo Electron
Valerie Fender, Blackboard, Inc
Steven Mandelbaum, The Advisory Board
David Smith, Amdocs
Jennifer Steinke, US Foods
In addition, several other participants, whose companies have not granted permission for their name to appear in the published product, attended the event and contributed to the Manifesto.
While the Corporate Travel Manifesto touches on seven key points of needed change, it’s important to note that the document, and this Forum, is an evolution. While some travel managers will agree with all of the tenets, some will only agree with a few, and others might not agree with any. But the important thing is to keep the conversation and discourse going. If we’re always talking, our voices will always be heard.