Travel at ease with ‘CWT FOR YOU’

Carl­son Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has launched CWT for You in In­dia, a state-of-the-art busi­ness travel so­lu­tion specif­i­cally de­signed for small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs)

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It is es­ti­mated that In­dia has close to 50 mil­lion SMEs, ac­count­ing for nearly 40 per cent of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, in­forms Geeta Jain, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer-In­dia, Carl­son Wagonlit Travel (CWT). CWT is of­fer­ing a level play­ing field to th­ese SMEs cater­ing to busi­ness travel, with large cor­po­ra­tions with their newly launched prod­uct-CWT for You.

APT SO­LU­TION

Jain ex­plains that In­dian SMEs and start-ups have seen tremen­dous growth in re­cent years, with many ex­pand­ing na­tion­wide and some even ven­tur­ing into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. How­ever, most of th­ese com­pa­nies have very lit­tle con­trol over what they spend on busi­ness travel which usu­ally amounts to a sig­nif­i­cant share of their to­tal spend. “With no min­i­mum spend­ing thresh­old or ap­pli­ca­ble trans­ac­tion fees, this new

ser­vice is avail­able through a sim­ple web-based reg­is­tra­tion and is fo­cused on giv­ing the grow­ing busi­ness ac­cess to some of the ben­e­fits of man­aged travel that larger cor­po­ra­tions en­joy. CWT for You of­fers SMEs a highly user-friendly, in­tu­itive, cost-ef­fec­tive and self-ser­vic­ing so­lu­tion for their busi­ness travel needs. It in­cludes es­sen­tial com­po­nents of man­aged travel, with­out cer­tain added ser­vices re­quired by or­gan­i­sa­tions with global travel pro­grams or high travel vol­umes. This has al­lowed us to give th­ese grow­ing busi­nesses un­prece­dented ac­cess to our global ne­go­ti­at­ing and buy­ing power along with our prod­ucts and ser­vices,” she says.

ADDED BEN­E­FITS

The prod­uct of­fers SMEs ac­cess to CWT’s spe­cially ne­go­ti­ated air­fares and ho­tel rates, as well as added ben­e­fits like in-flight meals, pre­ferred seat se­lec­tion, flight changes and can­cel­la­tions at no ex­tra charge on var­i­ous low-cost car­ri­ers. Typ­i­cally, th­ese ben­e­fits can add up to close to 35-40 per cent of the ticket price, adds Jain. The tool also saves time and ef­fort as it in­di­cates the low­est air­fares and ho­tel rates with a

sin­gle click. The prod­uct is avail­able as a mo­bile app and on­line book­ing tool (OBT) which is also in­stru­men­tal in sav­ing time spent search­ing for visas and travel in­sur­ance by re­flect­ing them to the ap­pro­pri­ate web­sites. The por­tal also of­fers web-chat or phone sup­port to trav­ellers who book com­plex itin­er­ar­ies with mul­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions.

Jain fur­ther elab­o­rates that an added ben­e­fit of this tool is that SMEs who use this so­lu­tion will also have ac­cess to CWT Ana­lyIQs busi­ness in­tel­li­gence tool. CWT Ana­lyIQs pro­vides real time data al­low­ing com­pa­nies to mon­i­tor their over­all travel spend and dis­cover sav­ings op­por­tu­ni­ties. The tool also en­ables com­pa­nies to track all their trav­ellers who are on the road, mak­ing it eas­ier to reach them in case of an emer­gency.

Geeta Jain

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