Siemens expands its partnership with business travel provider BCD Travel
UTRECHT, The Netherlands, October 14, 2020 – BCD Travel and Siemens are significantly expanding their partnership: The global travel management company will now support Siemens’ business travelers in an additional 38 countries totaling 64 markets in the Americas and EMEA regions.
BCD and Siemens have been working together successfully since 1998, including Siemens’ most important travel markets: the U.S. and Germany. Last year, Siemens decided to strategically expand its cooperation with BCD in the Americas and EMEA regions on a long-term basis. The contract for the expansion will run for another five years.
Since December 2019, all Siemens countries are being migrated to BCD systems in several implementation phases. This allows for an innovative global service model to be introduced for two-thirds of the existing and new markets.
“With the new service model, we’re contributing to the digitalization of Siemens’ business travel management,” explains Lutz Nauert, senior vice president global program management for EMEA at BCD Travel. “We’re working with a virtual platform that connects all countries concerned and guarantees round-the-clock availability and multi-lingual service.”
A consistent service is guaranteed: BCD’s Traveler Identity Management technology enables BCD’s travel consultants to instantly recognize the traveler at every touchpoint, whether they reach out by phone, email, live chat or the TripSource® app.
The service model also offers clear advantages for Siemens’ travel management and sourcing department, including:
- Standardized products and services across the globe
- Consistent global fulfillment process
- Fast and reliable business intelligence from the DecisionSource® data and analytics platform
In addition to implementing the new markets (by summer 2021) and introducing the new service model, the partners are also pursuing additional goals. For example, Siemens is implementing a fully automated end-to-end travel and expense process with Concur Travel & Expense for several countries with BCD’s support.
“BCD Travel has done a great job in challenging circumstances—such as concurrently running complex projects, while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic—and has consistently delivered the necessary resources. With innovative technology and customized project management, we were able to meet ambitious timelines,” said James Kueng, head of global travel management at Siemens. “We hope that this will enable us to achieve a more consistent global set-up and at the same time maintain the excellent BCD service quality we have come to expect.”
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 14,900 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2019 sales of US$27.5 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 and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 15,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$30 billion in 2019, including US$10.9 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.