A travel manager’s job wasn’t easy even before the appearance of the pandemic, but it was comprehensible and usually predictable. Of course, emergencies happened, but 2020 outdid them all, turning into a global emergency.
At first it was hard to plan not only a month in advance, but even for a couple of weeks. In such conditions, organizing events and business trips turned into lotteries: whether or not the border would be open, whether or not the flights would be cancelled, whether or not the city of destination would ban mass events. Today we discuss how the job of the travel manager has changed in the new reality.
Change of priorities in favor of duty of care
As experts note, the pool of travel managers has remained unchanged, but their priorities are now a little different. Above all, duty of care has emerged as the top priority during trips.
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Regular update of travel policy
Previously, travel policies were not updated as frequently. At most, a few times per year. But recently many new precedents have emerged that need to be developed and recorded in documents. The process of collecting and distributing information, the action plan in case of an emergency, reducing costs — these are all cases that many companies are facing. If you need to review your policies we can help. Get in touch email@example.com
Monitoring the news and prompt communication
At the start of the pandemic, news became out of date so rapidly that the only option for remaining abreast was monitoring events by subscribing to distributions and telegram channels of several news agencies at once. Travel managers partially had to become journalists searching for the absolutely latest and confirmed information in order to base work decisions on it.
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