BCD Travel names three recent graduates for international business travel immersion program

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BCD Travel announces 2018 management associates

BCD Travel names three recent graduates for international business travel immersion program

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, April 19, 2018 – Global business travel management company, BCD Travel, today announced the names of three recent university graduates chosen to participate in its highly selective Management Associate Program (MAP). The graduates will travel across the world for six weeks to learn from travel industry professionals, experience diverse cultures and get firsthand exposure to corporate travel.

“One of BCD Travel’s great strengths is our ability to attract and retain exceedingly talented people needed to fulfill our mission of  helping businesses to travel smart and achieve more,” said Christian Dahl, SVP of Talent Management and Global Human Resources for BCD Travel. “This program attracts exceptional recent graduates and prepares them to embark in successful careers in the corporate travel industry. It also positions BCD Travel as an employer of choice for other bright and talented people looking for satisfying careers.”

BCD Travel partnered with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) to develop MAP. The three associates will meet with executives in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and New Delhi. Upon their return, they will begin internships at BCD Travel, with an opportunity to earn offers for permanent positions with the company.

“Despite its size and importance to every economy, the corporate travel industry often escapes the awareness of many students as an opportunity for building a career,” says Dahl. “Travel and Entertainment represents the second largest single expense for many companies, and total global expenditures on business travel exceed $1.2 trillion each year.”

The associates chosen for the 2018 MAP include.:

Jenn O’Connell – a graduate in digital marketing from The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, in Athens, Ga. A student of advertising and marketing, she has developed a passion for effective communication and building strong, lasting relationships.  A volunteer swim coach, she hopes through MAP to build a greater understanding from different cultures and to boost her ability to identify and leverage the strengths of team members. “I want to learn from my peers and colleagues across the globe about how travel changes people’s perspectives of the world around them,” says O’Connell.

Chad Palucka – a graduate in international business from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa. The former soccer captain plans to apply lessons about teamwork and performing his best on the field to his professional career. He will join BCD following an internship with an engineering and electronics company in Germany.  “I am fascinated by other cultures, and feel that working with people of various backgrounds is an important part of any company’s or individual’s growth,” he says.

Korie Wilson – a graduate in hospitality and tourism management with a business minor from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. From an early age, Wilson learned the fundamentals of business and leadership through her experience working for her mother’s business. She looks forward to the insight to be gained through exposure to various cultures after a service trip to Zambia reaffirmed her passion for crossing borders. Says Wilson, “I hope to build a career that is constantly challenging me and pushing me to grow as an individual and professional who makes a difference in the lives of others.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and joint ventures Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications) and AERTrade International (consolidating and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 13,000 people and operates in 100+ countries with total sales of US$25.4 billion, including US$10 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel agreement with AFKL lets clients book reservations on Air France and KLM without incurring distribution surcharge

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BCD Travel agreement with AFKL lets clients book reservations on Air France and KLM without incurring distribution surcharge

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 30, 2018 – BCD Travel has reached an agreement with Air France and KLM that will let its clients book reservations on the airlines without incurring a distribution surcharge.

The airlines announced late last year that they would introduce a distribution surcharge beginning April. 1. The charge per one-way segment is applied to all bookings made in the global distribution systems. The surcharge won’t apply to sales via an NDC API connection, the Air France KLM Agent Portal or to Air France and KLM direct sales channels. Under the multi-year deal, BCD Travel is strongly committed to working with AF and KL, as well as technology providers, to determine how new technologies and distribution capabilities can be implemented to improve the travel experience for mutual clients and travelers. BCD is also committed to ensuring that companies retain the benefits of traditional distribution channels and will continue exploring the option of GDSs providing a viable NDC solution.

Both Travelport and Amadeus have supported this agreement, which will allow AF and KL to waive the distribution surcharge for bookings made through these GDSs from April 1. BCD is optimistic that similar support will be forthcoming from the other major GDS, Sabre.

“We are committed to ensuring that our industry moves forward and that new technologies are used to improve the customer experience for travel buyers. This agreement helps do that,” said Rose Stratford, BCD Travel executive vice president, Global Supplier Relations and Strategic Sourcing. “It ensures that airline distribution channels will continue to provide corporate travel buyers with all the benefits they currently enjoy.

“This includes the ability to shop from among multiple competing offers between like city pairs and to capture essential data needed to keep travelers safe on the road. We applaud AFKL’s willingness to work with BCD Travel to reach an agreement that mutually benefits our customers.”

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with BCD Travel which is great news for our mutual customers,” said Soline de Montremy, senior vice president of Global Sales and Partnerships for the Air France-KLM Group. “BCD Travel has given a strong commitment to NDC, and we look forward to working in collaboration with them and their technology partners in developing plans and delivering enhanced experiences for customers.”

About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel Industry Forecast predicts a 1% rise in airfares, and hotel rate increases of 2-4%

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BCD Travel Industry Forecast update predicts further rise in airfares and hotel rates

BCD Travel Industry Forecast predicts a 1% rise in airfares, and hotel rate increases of 2-4%

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 19, 2018 – Airfare prices are slowly climbing in markets with the strongest demand, according to BCD Travel’s midyear update to the 2018 Industry Forecast. Meanwhile, the outlook for global hotel rates in 2018 remains unchanged with a 2-4% increase predicted over last year.

BCD’s airfare forecasts have increased in a number of markets compared to predictions when the 2018 Industry Forecast was originally issued in September 2017. As the economic outlook improves, strong global air travel demand and rising oil prices are helping to push up fares. In response to supply constraint and increasing demand, BCD raised its oil price assumption from US$50 per barrel to US$60.

“Our initial forecasts for 2018 remain largely on target. Intercontinental economy airfares will increase slightly more than our original forecast as the global economy continues to strengthen,” says Charuta Fadnis, BCD Travel’s senior director of research and analytics.

The forecast reviews airfares in seven major regions for regional and intercontinental flights in business and economy classes, as well as projections for average daily hotel rates and economic growth assumptions. Midyear adjustments to the forecast with details by market are available in the full update. Previously published by Advito, BCD’s consulting group, the forecast is now being produced by BCD Travel’s Research & Intelligence team.

The BCD Travel 2018 Industry Forecast update also takes a closer look at some emerging trends of interest to travel managers, including:

  • The impact of surcharges resulting from airlines’ efforts to lower their distribution costs
  • The benefits of integrating travel and expense management, and the options for extending this to other activities in an end-to-end solution.

Disrupting Airline Distribution

Airlines are eager to lower distribution costs and develop better ways of marketing their offerings across their own sales channels. Some major European-based airline groups, such as Lufthansa Group and two IAG airlines (British Airways and Iberia), have started to levy surcharges for tickets bought through non-direct channels. Air France-KLM will follow suit soon. This has led to increased costs for customers buying tickets through third-party channels, like global distribution systems (GDS). The report further explores the implications and impact of this development.

Travel and Expense: Go Further with an End-to-End Approach

Approximately 60% of companies surveyed by BCD Travel use an online booking tool (OBT) and the same proportion have introduced an expense management system (EMS). Surprisingly, less than a third of those companies have integrated the two. Implementing an end-to-end system helps reduce the stress of business travel, while improving travel program effectiveness. The update further delves into options and advantages.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

With the debut of the SolutionSource® marketplace, BCD Travel offers clients access to leading partner technology solutions

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BCD Travel debuts technology marketplace SolutionSource

With the debut of the SolutionSource® marketplace, BCD Travel offers clients access to leading partner technology solutions

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, February 6, 2018 BCD Travel today unveiled its newest product platform, SolutionSource®, a one-stop shop of third-party travel technology solutions. The marketplace, aimed at business travel managers and sourcing executives, provides recommendations and enablement of innovative third-party technologies geared towards program optimization.

“It’s a tremendous time for innovation in travel. By building an open platform, SolutionSource opens the door to emerging technologies for our clients,” says Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel’s senior vice president of product planning and development. “Our open ecosystem allows technology providers to integrate with our proprietary platforms to create a seamless travel management experience.”

The travel landscape has changed significantly over the past few years, with a surge of technology providers offering unique and targeted travel solutions. This wave of innovation brings new capabilities that allow travel managers to optimize spend, influence traveler behavior, drive operational efficiencies, and more. BCD Travel has made it easy for their customers to discover and integrate some of these best-of-breed technology partners into their program.

“As the global travel operations manager for the leading business social networking service, I pride myself in my knowledge of travel technology,” said Leslie Hadden, global travel operations manager at LinkedIn. “Keeping up with technology is time consuming. SolutionSource will not only help me identify relevant travel technology, it will also give me confidence that the solutions I choose for LinkedIn will easily integrate into my travel program.”

With SolutionSource, travel buyers gain quick access to expansive technologies in key categories including: risk management, price assurance, flight disruption, program optimization, and more. Freebird, Rocketrip, Fairfly and Yapta are among the initial SolutionSource Authorized Partners.

  • Freebird is a simple mobile solution that empowers business travelers to skip the line and instantly book a new ticket after a flight disruption in just three taps on their phone.
  • Rocketrip reduces corporate travel costs by rewarding employees for saving.
  • Fairfly ensures you always pay the fairest price for airfare.
  • Yapta’s corporate travel solutions provide price assurance for both air and hotel.

Expansion with additional partnerships will continue throughout 2018.

“We’re excited that BCD is launching SolutionSource to provide corporate travel buyers with a marketplace where they can easily identify the products and services that will add unique value to their programs,” said Dan Ruch, Rocketrip’s Founder and CEO. “With its global presence and reputation as a trusted advisor, BCD Travel is in a unique position to introduce travel buyers to Rocketrip’s Incentivized Behavioral Change platform and other truly innovative and valuable technology.”

“For technology partners, SolutionSource provides a platform to integrate their solutions and grow their reach within BCD’s global client base,” says Irina Matz, BCD’s director of product planning.  “To enable these partners, we recognize the need to expose the right technology in a way that’s easily consumable and scalable.  We’ll continue to develop standard APIs and developer tools to support our SolutionSource strategy.”

Beginning today, clients can browse SolutionSource to identify travel technology solutions to customize and improve their travel programs.

SolutionSource becomes the third product platform offered by BCD Travel. It joins a portfolio that also includes TripSource®, a platform to increase traveler engagement, and DecisionSource®, a platform to use travel data to drive intelligent programs. For more information about SolutionSource, visit solutionsource.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel and Concur partner to deliver greater hotel content to Concur Travel

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Release TripSource Hotels integrates with Concur Travel

BCD Travel and Concur partner to deliver greater hotel content to Concur Travel

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, Nov. 17, 2017 – BCD Travel’s clients who use Concur Travel will gain access to the same expansive hotel choices already available to travelers who book hotels using a BCD agent or the TripSource® app and website, BCD’s traveler engagement platform.

The integration between TripSource and Concur Travel will provide business travelers with access to over one million unique property options across the globe, letting them choose from over 15 million hotel rate shopping choices. Ensuring availability to desirable rooms and rates is critical, because the success of a company’s travel program depends on earning the confidence of travelers that they can find what they want in-program.

“Travelers should have access to the same rooms and rates whether they’re booking through an agent, their online booking tool or their mobile device,” said Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel SVP, Product Planning & Development. “Our integration with Concur Travel reflects our progress in meeting that marketplace expectation.”

In addition to helping ensure that travelers can find the hotel accommodations they expect when traveling on business, the integration will also help fix the problem of inconsistent content across booking channels.

The BCD hotel program combines content from Global Distribution Systems with that of leading hotel booking aggregators and private hotels. It lets travelers book client-negotiated rates and offers from hotel chains and private hotels alike— including fully flexible, restrictive, pre-paid, package, wholesale and mobile rates.

“Concur and BCD have a shared goal of offering comprehensive, competitive properties and rates.  Supplementing GDS content with BCD’s hotel program is a great win for our mutual clients and travelers.”  We are pleased to work together to bring this solution to clients worldwide,” said Mike Koetting, Concur EVP, Supplier and TMC Services.

BCD Travel’s integration with Concur Travel will launch with a pilot group of users. BCD’s hotel booking engine will integrate with Concur Travel by utilizing a proprietary Concur Hotel API. BCD Travel’s reporting and analytics platform will capture traveler data, ensuring accessibility to important business trip information.

In addition to greater hotel content, BCD Travel’s relationship with Concur offers businesses a powerful way to bring more travel spend and trip components under management —air, hotel, car and rail inventory, parking, ground transportation and dining. In combining BCD’s full-service travel management with Concur’s online booking and expense solutions, the two companies provide among the broadest offering for capturing, measuring and managing travel spend in the market today.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

About Concur

For more than two decades, Concur, an SAP company, has taken companies of all sizes and stages beyond automation to a completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk. Concur’s global expertise and industry-leading innovation keep its customers a step ahead with time-saving tools, leading-edge technology and connected data, in a dynamic ecosystem of diverse partners and applications. User-friendly and business-ready, Concur unlocks powerful insights that help businesses reduce complexity and see spending clearly, so they can manage it proactively. Learn more at concur.com or the Concur blog.

BCD Travel increases investment in Brazil in a move that strengthens South American presence as part of ongoing growth strategy

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BCD Travel takes full ownership of Brazil operations

BCD Travel increases investment in Brazil in a move that strengthens South American presence as part of ongoing growth strategy

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, November 9, 2017 – BCD Travel today announced it has taken full ownership of its operation in Brazil after purchasing all outstanding shares from its current joint venture partner, Antonio Fernando Slomp. The acquisition positions BCD strongly for further growth in Latin America’s largest economy. The company’s Brazil operation employs approximately 300 people.

“Our additional investment strengthens our strong presence in a market where our clients need to be, and it allows us to enhance our product and service offerings in Brazil and grow our business in a key emerging market,” said Mike Janssen, BCD’s president of the Americas region.

This week’s announcement follows the establishment in October 2013 of a new Brazilian joint venture, and BCD’s subsequent acquisition of a controlling interest in it. Since acquiring that controlling interest, BCD upgraded telephony infrastructure, instituted new workflow management processes, implemented a world-class back-office system and improved training and development. With this move to full ownership, BCD will continue investing heavily in technology and solutions that enhance service, improve data and offer other benefits for clients in Brazil.

Slomp and his Brazilian travel management company, Avipam, has been part of the BCD Travel network since 2006. With offices in both São Paulo and Rio, Avipam is a strong local player in Brazil.

“We have enjoyed many years of cooperation with BCD Travel as a partner and shareholder, and we welcome this change.  The strong relationship and trust between Avipam and  BCD Travel will position us to collaborate on any mutually beneficial opportunities that arise in the future, for either Brazilian or global corporations,” said Slomp.

The largest economy in Latin America and ninth largest in the world, Brazil provides significant opportunities for companies doing business there. The country has the world’s fifth largest population, with almost 210 million people.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel agreement with British Airways and Iberia lets clients book reservations on BA and IB without incurring distribution surcharge

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BCD Travel agreement with British Airways and Iberia lets clients book reservations on BA and IB without incurring distribution surcharge

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, October 31, 2017 – BCD Travel has reached an agreement with British Airways (BA) & Iberia (IB) that will let its clients book reservations on BA and IB without incurring a distribution surcharge.

The airlines announced earlier this year that they would introduce a distribution technology charge (DTC) beginning Nov. 1 applied to all air bookings with the exception of those made through NDC-based connections, or through the airlines’ websites, sales offices and call-centers. Bookings made using global distribution systems (GDSs) will be subject to the charge while bookings using the International Air Transport Associations’ (IATA’s) new distribution capability (NDC) will not.

Under the multi-year deal, BCD Travel is strongly committed to working with BA and IB, as well as technology providers, to determine how new technologies and distribution capabilities can be implemented to improve the travel experience for mutual clients and travelers. BCD is also committed to ensuring that companies retain the benefits of traditional distribution channels and will continue exploring the option of GDSs providing a viable NDC solution.

One of the three GDSs has supported this arrangement which will allow BA and IB to waive the DTC for bookings made through this GDS from 1 November. BCD is now confident that similar support will be forthcoming from the other two major GDSs.

“We are committed to ensuring our industry moves forward and new technologies are used to improve the customer experience for travel buyers. This agreement helps do that,” said Rose Stratford, BCD Travel executive vice president global supplier relations and strategic sourcing. “It ensures that airline distribution channels will continue to provide corporate travel buyers with all the benefits they currently enjoy.

“This includes the ability to shop from among multiple competing offers between like city pairs and to capture essential data needed to keep travelers safe on the road. We applaud British Airways & Iberia’s willingness to work with BCD Travel to reach an agreement that mutually benefits our customers.”

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with BCD Travel which is great news for our mutual customers,” said Stephen Humphreys, British Airways Global Head of Sales. “BCD Travel has given a strong commitment to NDC, and we look forward to working in collaboration with them and their technology partners in developing plans and delivering enhanced experiences for customers.”

About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint ventures Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel maintains top corporate social responsibility rating to rank among top 1 percent of all suppliers

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BCD Travel scores gold rating on EcoVadis CSR audit

BCD Travel maintains top corporate social responsibility rating to rank among top 1 percent of all suppliers

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Oct. 26, 2017 – BCD Travel has earned a gold ranking in an independent assessment measuring its corporate social responsibility performance — the only travel management company to achieve the top rating for two consecutive years.

The ranking places BCD Travel in the top 1% of all suppliers assessed by EcoVadis, the world’s leading platform for CSR ratings for global supply chains. In achieving its gold CSR ranking, BCD Travel improved upon its previous year’s score by 15%.

“We’re extremely proud of achieving top recognition by EcoVadis for two consecutive years, because it affirms our long-term commitment as an organization to operating responsibly and sustainably,” said Kathy Jackson, BCD Travel’s executive vice president of global program management and executive chair of corporate social responsibility.

BCD’s year-over-year improvement was driven by a handful of key initiatives, including:

The EcoVadis methodology examines 21 criteria across four themes of Environment, Fair labor practices, ethics/fair business practices, and supply chain. Based on international CSR standards, the methodology includes the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000, covering 150 spend categories and 140 countries. GRI is the the world’s most widely used sustainability framework. More than 30,000 companies use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust between trading partners.

“This is an impressive achievement,” said David McClintock, Marketing Director at EcoVadis. “Generally, as a company’s CSR program matures, it becomes more challenging to make incremental improvements in the EcoVadis rating. The work BCD Travel invested in its CSR program over the past 12 months has paid off with a solid 15% improvement. Their dedication sets a great example, even for the most mature programs to keep striving for excellence.”

More than 150 leading multinationals worldwide, including Verizon, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Heineken, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nokia, L’Oréal, Bayer, Alcatel-Lucent, ING Bank, Air France-KLM, Centrica/British Gas, BASF, and Merck use EcoVadis to monitor the CSR performance of their supply chains.

Rather than approaching corporate social responsibility as an independent set of goals, BCD regards CSR as an underlying component of everything it does, Jackson said. “It’s part of who we are as an organization. In addition to bolstering our reputation as a great company to do business with, that approach has also won us recognition as one of the best employers to work for.”

In late August, BCD Travel became the first travel management company to reach for and achieve silver accreditation from Investors in People, a globally recognized workplace ratings firm. The GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS recognized BCD Travel as recipient of the Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award  in the Travel Intermediary category twice for its sustainability efforts. BCD Travel also is partnering with GBTA in building a new self-assessment tool that will allow corporate travel buyers to benchmark the maturity level of their company’s sustainability program.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint ventures Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is the first collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. EcoVadis’ easy-to-use CSR scorecards help procurement teams to monitor supplier environmental, social and ethical practices across 150 purchasing categories and 110 countries www.EcoVadis.com

BCD Travel earns globally recognized workplace accreditation

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BCD Travel earns globally recognized workplace accreditation

BCD Travel earns globally recognized workplace accreditation

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, Oct. 18, 2017 –  Investors in People, a globally recognized workplace ratings firm, has awarded BCD Travel accreditation in people management. BCD Travel is the first travel management company to pursue and receive IIP’s independent endorsement, which positions the TMC as one of the top companies to work for in the corporate travel industry.

IIP ratings set the standard for what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. More than 14,000 businesses and organizations across 75 countries have been accredited by the people management auditor since 1991. In issuing its three-year accreditation of BCD Travel, the ratings firm compared  the company’s performance against a proven, 27-scale framework of talent-management success. IIP also measured how well talent management supports BCD’s internal goals for culture, leadership, business growth and workforce development.

IIP accreditation goes beyond popular workplace polls by helping companies objectively demonstrate to employees and job candidates that their organization a great place to build a career. During the assessment process, IIP representatives made site visits to BCD offices and interviewed employees around the globe.

“This accreditation by a respected third party further validates the strengths of our workplace and the effort we have put into evolving it,” said Christian Dahl, BCD’s senior vice president of Strategic Talent Management & Global Human Resources. “The IIP process revealed how well our workplace practices align with business strategies, and it helped us identify areas where we can improve. We continue to take a leading role in driving industry improvements in talent managementcorporate social responsibilityworkplace flexibility and ethical, sustainable business practices.”

In achieving IIP accreditation, BCD Travel joins an elite group of companies such as Fujitsu and McDonald’s that are universally recognized for their commitment to developing top talent.

“Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success,” said Paul Devoy, head of London-based IIP. “BCD Travel should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Forbes has listed BCD Travel among the best U.S. employers for each of the past three years. FlexJobs ranked the company among the 100 best for workplace flexibility and remote working opportunities. The company also has been recognized by Top Workplaces as one of the best companies to work for in America.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.

BCD Travel acquires Air Club Travel

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BCD Travel acquires Air Club Travel

BCD Travel acquires Air Club Travel

Move strengthens BCD’s presence in the Polish market as part of its ongoing growth strategy

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Oct. 17, 2017 – BCD Travel today announced it has acquired Polish-based travel agency Air Club Travel.

“We have a long-standing partnership with Air Club Travel, based on mutual trust and a shared commitment to quality. Over the past 12 years, we have gotten to know each other’s culture and growth goals very well,” said Stewart Harvey, BCD Travel’s president of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This acquisition is a logical next step. Extending our global network fits into our ongoing pursuit of growth opportunities.”

BCD Travel bought 100% of the shares of Air Club Travel, established in Poland in 1990. The full team, approximately 100 dedicated employees, will remain located in Warsaw and will keep operating under the Air Club Travel brand. The company has approximately 2,000 customers; many of these clients have been with Air Club Travel since the company’s inception. More than 100 global clients are already served in cooperation with BCD Travel. Air Club Travel has also been the official representative of BCD Meetings & Events in Poland since 2016.

“We’re very excited by the opportunities that this acquisition creates for our future,” said Stanislaw Modlinski, general manager of Air Club Travel. “We are used to working together with BCD Travel, so it is with full confidence that we start this new journey. Together we will continue to thrive and add value for our customers and for our staff, who will now benefit from even greater long-term career growth opportunities.”

The acquisition of Air Club Travel is the latest in a series of investments BCD Travel has made in recent years to grow its business across the globe. Other acquisitions have included Nordic travel agency Ticket Biz, BCD Travel Brasil Turismo, U.S.-based World Travel Services, U.K.-based international events agency Zibrant and marketing logistics agency Plan 365, Inc. The company has also increased its ownership stake in its operations in China, Hong Kong and Dubai, as well as in U.S.-based Acendas Travel. BCD has also acquired technology assets from mobile technology company GetGoing.

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 108 countries with almost 13,000 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2016 sales of US$24.6 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking), Airtrade Holland (consolidation and fulfillment) and joint venture Parkmobile International (mobile parking applications). BCD Group employs over 14,000 people and operates in 108 countries with total sales of US$26.4 billion, including US$10.4 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.