March sales were up 37% on last year, says agency
Travel Counsellors has reported a booking spike for business travel, with transactions up nearly 70% compared with last year.
The home-working agency also reported a rise in the number of agents booking corporate travel in recent months, stating that there are now 504 corporate specialists in the company globally.
Commenting on the spike, Travel Counsellors’ managing director of corporate travel, Kieran Hartwell, said: "These strong results are a reflection of the trusted travel advice that our Travel Counsellors give to their corporate clients, as well as the advantages of more of our corporate entrepreneurs working in micro teams using our TC Teams technology, which enables them to provide round-the-clock personal service to their clients.”
"There has been a shift in corporate travel perception. While companies previously opted for an online service to book trips, the rise in air fares for one has made procurement teams re-evaluate their booking processes and many are now opting for that bespoke touch again in order to help manage costs. Travel Counsellors have the ability to offer a high touch, personalised service with the value of the online market through our in-house technology platform, Phenix."
The top three trading sectors for business travel bookings in March were the professional services market (1,847 bookings), financial services (1,386) and PR marketing and advertising (781).
The most common destinations for corporate bookings are the USA, UK and Australia, according to the agency.
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