Egencia Identifies Cost Savings for Businesses Through Free Travel Program Diagnostic



    
    Innovative Tool Gives Companies Actionable Results to Better Navigate
    Challenging Economy

    
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 12 /CNW/ -- Egencia(TM) today announces the
worldwide implementation of a free program diagnostic for business travel
optimization and spend management. With the assistance of a proprietary
analytics tool, available online, Egencia will help both existing and
non-Egencia clients diagnose the health of their travel program and prescribe
a regimen to help weather the recession. In conjunction with the analysis of
an Egencia consultant, the tool will assess travel program components like
online adoption, travel policy compliance and supplier partnerships. In the
last year alone, Egencia has helped companies realize millions of dollars in
cost savings.
    "The need to more tightly monitor and control business travel expenses
will persist, and in many cases become more critical, in light of the economic
climate," said Rob Greyber, Senior Vice President of North America, Egencia.
"As a leading corporate travel management organization, Egencia is compelled
to aid the worldwide business community to travel smarter and with greater
efficiency through the use of our proprietary assessment tools."
    The complimentary analysis offers a meaningful way to quickly evaluate a
business' spend and management practices. With this holistic approach, Egencia
is able to help companies find new opportunities for travel cost savings. By
examining a number of key program metrics, the assessment delivers an in-depth
recommendation with specific, actionable ways to improve their travel program.
Companies interested in the analysis can visit:
http://www.egencia.com/assessment(*).
    "Egencia's free assessments will help companies tackle the three levels
of cost savings: TMC fees, travel policy and supplier pricing," said Pam
Keenan Fritz, Egencia VP of APAC and Global Partnerships. "These levers are
relevant in all markets; from the United States to India; from Australia to
Germany and beyond."
    In addition to this free service, Egencia offers several management tools
and online solutions to their clients to optimize business travel programs,
such as:
    -- Real-time global reporting and business intelligence: Global
consolidated reporting allows travel managers to monitor travel program
performance at detailed levels in real time. All trips are tracked, whether
booked by a travel consultant or self-booked, enabling travel managers to have
total control and oversight of the travel program. The reporting tool,
DataMinder(TM), triggers email notifications when travel management thresholds
have been reached, giving the travel manager the ability to react instantly to
unwanted traveler behaviors.
    -- Integrated travel policy both offline and online: All travel policies
are managed consistently from the travel consultants on the phone to the
products being displayed when travelers self-book. A change to a travel policy
to incorporate a new supply partnership or more stringent trip approval is
easily made and automatically synchronized -- enhancing the ability to enforce
travel policy.
    -- Compliance tools: Egencia provides travel managers with policy control
tools to identify preferred suppliers, require pre-trip approval and provide
active traveler reports for a complete view of upcoming trips. Our robust
policy tools also steer travelers to in policy options, identifying and
proactively encouraging program-compliant choices. Each of these tools
delivers a powerful solution, designed to maximize employee compliance and
savings.
    -- Supply Inventory and Flight Price Guarantee: Egencia works directly
with supply partners daily to ensure customers have a broad range of travel
options including unique discounts, deals and services. To this aim, the
Egencia Preferred Program now includes thousands of hotels with flexibility,
amenities and additional savings secured with the business travelers' needs in
mind. This focus is backed by the Egencia(TM) Promise, a pledge to deliver
outstanding value and savings coupled with exceptional service, not only
during the booking process, but throughout our customers' trips. As part of
the Promise, the Egencia Flight Price Guarantee ensures U.S. businesses are
getting the best price in air travel.


    
    (*)Interested companies may also utilize these region-specific URLs:
    Canada, http://www.egencia.ca/assessment
    Australia, http://www.egencia.com.au/assessment
    China (simplified Chinese), http://www.egencia.cn/assessment
    China (English), http://www.egencia.cn/en/assessment
    India, http://www.egencia.co.in/assessment
    About Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. Company
    
    Egencia is the fifth largest travel management company in the world. As
part of Expedia, Inc., (Nasdaq:   EXPE), the world's largest travel marketplace,
Egencia helps business get ahead by offering the only truly integrated
corporate travel service. Egencia's industry expertise and help drive results
that matter, delivering meaningful advancements that have a real impact. By
combining a powerful offline and online service, Egencia delivers a complete
corporate travel offering supported by global market expertise and a best-in-
class technology platform.
    
    For more information, go to http://www.egencia.com
    
    Egencia, Dataminder and the Egencia logo are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos
or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their
respective owners.
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For further information:

For further information: Lauren Berg of Edelman, +1-312-233-1390,
lauren.berg@edelman.com, for Egencia Web Site: http://www.egencia.com


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