The Contact Centre for corporate travel is the engine around which the whole business revolves. If you don’t have a smoothly operating Contact Centre, you do not have a product. The Unit can be quite a beast when it comes to Technology. The secret of success in a Contact Centre lies with the manager’s skill and ability to harness the entire offering of the various technologies employed, and make them work together, to deliver a best-in-class product.
A Request for Proposal or an RFP, is an integral part of a Multinational Company’s (MNC) process of choosing their Travel Management Company (TMC). Most MNCs will handle their choice through such a process. It may however be noted, from an agent’s point of view, if you are not part of a major international TMC Network, you may never get to see the RFP of such an organisation. They are usually only sent out to the top three in the Business.
It would not be right on my part to label the Request for Proposal process as one that is only applicable to MNCs. If your Corporate Travel and Entertainment (T&E) budget is over US Dollars 10 Million per annum, you could probably handle the choice of your Agency with a RFP. It will help you to review the contenders who want to handle your Corporate Travel business, on an even playing field. To use a hackneyed phrase, “you will be able to compare apples, with apples”. Undoubtedly, the process will facilitate a well researched final choice of your TMC.
Whatever the size of your Travel Account, you as a corporate, have every right to an efficient corporate travel agent. Travel agencies as we well know, come in all shapes and sizes. There are good ones, and bad ones. Really, it is up to you, how you evaluate your travel agent; but if you are looking at the best service for acceptable costs, you’d have to put your travel agent under the microscope.