Booking hotels through preferred channels offers what may be an overlooked benefit: helping women stay safer when they’re on the road.
A recent article in business travel industry online magazine Skift article delves into the disparity between how safe men and women feel while travelling for work. Skift called on Rossana Martin, vice president of sales for BCD Travel, to explain how using a company’s preferred online booking tool (OBT) can help support duty of care.
First, Martin says, make sure travellers are booking through preferred suppliers and channels, which is the best way to gain transparency into where travellers are and to ensure they’re staying in a property vetted through the company’s supplier relationships. Second, Martin advises companies to encourage travellers to book travel via a corporate online booking tool. It collects detailed information that can help companies locate travellers in need.
Martin added that BCD further supports safety through tools that “help travel managers to know what are high-risk areas and what to recommend from a safety perspective.”