CTM unveils due diligence and approval workflows
Corporate Travel Management (CTM) unveiled a series of new technology features designed to help businesses protect their travelers and their travel budgets.
Global TMC is introducing new risk and health alert notifications to its proprietary online booking tool Lightning, which recently received the Technology Innovation – Enterprise Booking Platform award at the Business Travel Awards Europe. Displaying in the Travel Finder Workflow, CTM says alerts can help travel bookings and travelers make more informed decisions at the point of sale about the risks of traveling within the city or country than they are looking for.
Additionally, the company’s existing due diligence tools for travel, risk and human resources managers are upgraded with a new ‘safety record’ feature that allows them to send a notification of Alert request to any traveler or group in a specific location that requires them to check in to verify if they are safe or in danger. Using the CTM portal, alerts can be sent to all employees who need to travel or currently located in a country of the user’s choice. Responses are recorded for the travel manager to review, and reminders to all or selected travelers can be sent manually or scheduled at regular intervals.
Lightning will also now provide a “visual boost” to bookings when travelers make more than five hours of train travel compared to peak hours when they are back and forth in the same day. According to CTM, its data shows that often an overnight stay and later trains can be cheaper and better for employee well-being and performance.
Brian Sheerin, CTM EMEA Technology Director, commented: “Now more than ever, due diligence begins before a trip has been booked and only ends once an employee is. returned safe and sound. We provide the tools to manage risk both at the point of sale and at the management level for travel, risk and HR professionals so that their employees are safer, more informed and better connected to what is happening. happening in the world.
CTM’s pre-trip approval tool, CTM Approve, has also been extended to provide greater personalization. Trips can be queued to an approval system based on price, destination risk, carbon cost and other parameters. An infinite number of travel approvers can be incorporated into the workflow, with rules and variables configurable to meet specific business needs.
CTM ranked as the UK’s fourth largest TMC in Europe’s Top TMC 2021.
The company will showcase advances as well as recent innovations in sustainability at the Business Travel Show Europe booth BTS150 at ExCeL Center in London on September 30 and October 1.