Faculty and Staff Input Needed on Travel Management Company Selection

The OE2C Travel initiative is exploring travel management companies (TMCs) to ensure that SMU realizes the maximum amount of savings and efficiency possible in the travel booking process. The new travel software solution, Concur, requires integration with a TMC, which will be the company responsible for issuing tickets on behalf of the airlines, hotels and rental car companies booked through Concur; providing live assistance for travel booking; and assisting with changes to itineraries. The Travel committee plans to recommend a TMC to the OE2C Executive Committee before the winter break.

After submitting a Request For Information (RFI) to a range of TMCs, committee members examined responses and selected four finalists for campus presentations on Tuesday, December 2, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Crum Auditorium of the Collins Center.

SMU faculty and staff input is critical to this process. Please mark your calendars for these presentations and bring your questions. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback after demonstrations are complete. The four finalists giving presentations are:

· Colwick Travel
· Corporate Travel Planners
· Christopherson Business Travel
· Corporate Travel Management

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By Nick Rallo