VAT Recovery has for most of its life, been an involved and paper intensive process. Of course, it is understood we deal with Governments; and they have known to be notoriously bureaucratic. Even today, many of them are steeped in cumbersome paper-work. Fortunately, we are beginning to see a little light, at the end of the tunnel. European nations see the need to cut across the processes of the past, and rapidly move into the 21st century, and the age of modern technology.
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.