Travel managers can book business travel for non-employee travelers more easily using an app recently added to BCD Travel’s SolutionSource® marketplace. The Pana app is a virtual travel assistant for recruits, contractors, consultants, interns and more.
The technology fits into BCD clients’ existing travel programs. With Pana, they can configure booking processes to meet their needs, specifying preferred suppliers, forms of payment and reimbursement policies. Pana then coordinates all the travel logistics directly with the guest traveler (via an award-winning chat platform) and sends the final itinerary to the corporate travel team.
Pana lets travel managers avoid time-consuming manual processes associated with capturing travel spend and duty of care data for non-employee trips. Companies can spend more time collaborating or building relationships with guest travelers and less time on administrative tasks associated with their travel.
For guest travelers, Pana simplifies trip logistics, and they avoid the inconveniences associated with upfront payments.
“Pana provides a unique solution that transforms what is typically a manual, complex process into a simple, elegant experience for guest travelers,” said Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel’s senior vice president of Product Planning & Development.
Devon Tivona, Pana co-founder and chief commercial officer, said, “We chose BCD as a global partner because they are a widely respected industry leader whose customer-first mission aligns with our own. By delivering a deeply integrated product to BCD’s customers, we’re taking a huge step closer to fulfilling that mission.”
Pana and BCD’s other SolutionSource Authorized Partners will demonstrate their approaches to tackling today’s corporate travel challenges at the 2018 Global Business Travel Association Convention in San Diego, Aug. 11-15. Go to BCD Booth 2334.
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