For several years, Christopherson has outlined all of the reasons why companies should use a travel agency. We’ve outlined why public travel sites don’t work. But what we haven’t talked about is just how simple it is to make a change to a “managed” program.
Christopherson’s managed travel implementation is simple
In some instances, companies know they need to make the change, but they’re worried it’ll take too much time and too many resources. Will IT need to be involved? Who will communicate the change to the travelers? Building a custom online booking site sounds daunting. Is it? How do we get the travelers to use the new system?
It’s actually very easy. Christopherson Business Travel can implement a brand new program in less that 2 weeks. We’ve been implementing accounts for decades and we have the process down to a science! No, your IT department does not need to be involved. Our online booking tools are web-based so there is no pull on your internal systems. Let’s take this step-by-step:
Frequently asked questions about our implementation process
Who will communicate the change to the travelers? Christopherson has a plethora of sample communication letters for you to wordsmith. It’s best to have this communication come from the CEO or President, but we provide you all the content you need.
How long does it take? 2 weeks! And we hand hold you through the entire process. After the initial implementation call (see below), we schedule as many follow up calls as needed for a simple, on-time roll out.
What goes into building a custom online booking tool site? The first implementation call will take 30-60 minutes. Our account managers will provide you a check list of items needed (including form of payment, policy info, hotel contracts, car rental agreement numbers, etc., when applicable). Then, our gurus in the in-house Online Support team does the rest. The site is built, tested, and ready to go.
Who trains the travelers? We do! Depending on the size and number of locations, we customize training based on your needs. In most cases, a 30-60 minute GoToMeeting is all it takes. Need more training? No problem. That’s what we are here for.
There will be many complex systems you’ll need to implement for your company. Travel isn’t one of them. As one of our account managers says, “It isn’t rocket science”.
Let us outline how we can get your company on the path to better financial controls, travel policy adherence, safety and efficiency in as little as two weeks. And remember, we do all the heavy lifting.