How a Travel Management Program Can Help You

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When it comes to corporate travel, organising and booking your trip can be tough. The costs of travel alone can be a stress on your business, but there is help available. Travel management programs are the industry’s answer to corporate travel, helping you to plan, book and partake in your business trips, but how can a travel management program actually help you?

 

What is corporate travel management?

Corporate travel management, or CTM, refers to the function of managing a company’s travel and the policies and strategies involved. This will include everything from negotiating with vendors, day-to-day operations and transactions of the travel program or safety and security of the travellers, travel management covers it all. CMT is often implemented by travel management companies (TMCs) that can use their connections and technologies to book flights and pull together other commodities for their clients to look over and decide on.

 

How can a travel management program help you?

 

– Support

From the planning & booking of your business trip, through to the duty of care and after sales guidance / assistance – support is central to everything we do. We live and breathe business travel day to day and are experts in this space, so rest assured, you will be supported by travel managers who will understand your needs and be able to react to any questions or queries you may have pertaining to your trip.

 

– Saving Money

If you ask a company the question, ‘Provide three things that are absolutely key when working with a TMC’, many, if not all, will answer with – save me money!

There a few ways a company can save money. The first, is saving money internally. This means your staff will be able to work smarter and more efficiently with our bespoke processes and travel technology, thus creating a huge save for your company from a cost vs efficiency perspective. The other way, is by simply showing you that upfront saving in the form of negotiated fares. A huge part of our business is built around partnerships, and as a result, we provide our clients with the very best and most competitive fares in the market. We want to show the difference in working with Uniglobe Gemini, not just tell you about them.

 

– Saving Time

Having a TMC organise all of your business travel can mean more time left for you to spend with clients and your business – ultimately, you’ll have more time to get your job done. Save yourself hours of research and scouring the internet for special offers by simply having a travel management company do it for you. Whether you’re taking one business trip a year, or regular trips, corporate travel management can take the stress and time-consuming searches out of planning your trip.

 

– Stress-Free Travel

We all know how stressful travelling can be, but with a travel management company, this stress can be lessened, if not removed completely. They can book everything on your behalf under your company’s preferences, and be there to support you should things go wrong while you’re travelling. If you find yourself stranded, your TMC will help suggest alternate routes or book you onto another, alternate flight – and the support doesn’t end there. Your TMC can take the stress out of the entire itinerary of your trip, so it’s well worth looking into what is offered to you.

 

– Policy Adherence

Ultimately, using a travel management program can help you ensure your employees adhere to your companies travel policy. By having control over what happens and when, you can make sure that everyone travelling will be doing things within company rules without going off and breaking company policy.

If you’d like more information about travel management and how Uniglobe Gemini can provide a travel management service to you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today.

UNIGLOBE Gemini Travel Has a New Home

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UNIGLOBE Gemini Travel Has a New Home.

 

We are excited to announce that our team here at UNIGLOBE Gemini has moved to a new location in Staines-Upon-Thames.

Our old office served us well, and the network of friends and colleagues in the local area is huge due to our 16 years there. But, due to our expansion and growth, the time came to move on.

Our shiny new office in Staines-Upon-Thames is just fantastic and very different to where we were based in Ashford, Middlesex.

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While we were happy with our previous offices, we had several motivating factors to make a move:

 

  1. Space. While our office in Ashford was based on three floors, it was still very tight on free work space believe it or not. Our hardworking Reservations Team were pretty crunched together on small desks and the Commercial Team upstairs, were in the same boat. Our new office provides a bespoke, tailored work space that, in collaboration with our Directors and a local office design team (Metric Office Furniture & Interiors) we have put together a light and productive office for the wider UNIGLOBE Gemini team.

 

  1. Location. Being located on the high-street in Ashford, Middlesex may seem like a perfect place to be for a Travel Management Company. And although we have a Leisure division, the core of our business is Corporate Travel. So, moving to a fairly densely populated business district as Staines-Upon-Thames, it provides more opportunities for our clients to swing by for technology training and enables easy transport links for Commercial meetings day to day.

 

  1. Client and Talent Acquisition. In having a spacious new office, with more workspace, this creates more opportunities to continue the level of growth we’ve been witnessing over the last 6 months – growth from a new business perspective, but also in talent acquisition. In acquiring new accounts, there will be opportunities to place talented and experienced travel professionals to help manage this new influx of business. The options are endless for new business and the management of this new business.

 

We are extremely excited about the new office and the opportunities it will bring. We’ve had an amazing 16 years in Ashford, but our new location is Staines-Upon-Thames is going to be a success filled adventure for years to come.

 

Our New Office Location is:

 

Elizabeth House

56-60 London Road

Staines-Upon-Thames

Middlesex

TW18 4HF

 

Leisure is still a huge part of our core business, and we are still eager to see you for holiday consultations / bookings. Please call 01784 254 850 or email clairefalco@uniglobegemini.co.uk to arrange an appointment where we’ll discuss all your holiday needs
Alternatively, if you have any questions regarding Business Travel Management – please email our Commercial Team on sales@uniglobegemini.co.uk to fix a good time for a coffee

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Plan International

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Plan International

gbi-summit-kilimanjaroIn September 2010, a UNIGLOBE British Isles climbing team reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise £35,000 to build a girls school and residence in
Mwanza, Tanzania.
The new school, part of Plan International Because I Am a Girl will provide girls with a supportive and safe environment in which to learn and help to lift more families and communities out of poverty.

The rate of girls attending secondary schools in Tanzania is an alarming five percent. Among the reasons for such low attendance are the long distances children must walk to and from classes. These daily journeys expose girls to health and safety risks.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the fourth highest among the world’s seven summits and the tallest in Africa, towering nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) above sea level.Watch the video of the team on their journey to reach the peak.

Hiking to Machu Picchu for Plan International

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Hiking to Machu Picchu for Plan International

2012 UNIGLOBE Trek to Machu Picchu.
Raised
£37,000 for Because I Am a Girl. 

In October 2012, UNIGLOBE family members from the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands  trekked the Inca Trail toperuacanddh
Machu Picchu and raised £37,000 for the Because I Am a Girl campaign.

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Because I am a Girl is a Plan International initiative to promote girls’ rights and empower young women to safely attend schools, learn new skills and contribute to the advancement of economies worldwide.inca-amanda-and-derek2
All travel costs and personal expenses for the UNIGLOBE Machu Picchu expedition are paid by individual members. All proceeds raised go directly to the campaign. Thank you to:

  • Derek Hearl-Maunder – President, UNIGLOBE Travel British Isles
  • Mark & Julie Kempster – UNIGLOBE CT Business Travel, Tunbridge Wells, UK
  • Mark Hewett – UNIGLOBE Gemini Travel, Ashford, UK
  • Eoin Shanahan – UNIGLOBE Premier Travel, Croydon, UK
  • Maria & Rebecca Baty – UNIGLOBE Top Flight Travel, Reading, England
  • Marleen Van Dam – UNIGLOBE Smart Travel, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Amanda Close – Vice President, Global Operations, UNIGLOBE Travel International Headquarters, Vancouver, Canada