Egencia Meetings & Incentives Introduces New Meetings Solutions, Enabling Companies to More Effectively Manage the Full Spectrum of Meetings Needs



    
    Egencia survey shows meetings & incentives management remains important
    despite economy, but travel managers lack tools needed for efficiency





    
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ -- NBTA (National Business Travel Association)
Convention -- Egencia(TM) Meetings & Incentives, the full-service meetings and
incentives management division of Egencia, today announced enhancements to its
current offering, giving travel managers additional flexibility and insight
into meetings travel. With Egencia, companies also benefit from end-to-end
meetings management, including expertise in procurement services and event
planning (design, production and logistics) to program optimization and
analysis.

    In addition, the company released the results of a survey of more than
100 travel managers that was conducted to better understand their current
needs and plans for the future. Egencia's survey showed that 87 percent of
respondents with an ARC spend of $1,000,000 or more believe that meetings and
incentives management is important to their company. In addition, almost half
(48 percent) of all travel managers do not believe they have previously had
access to the tools needed to make meetings planning and management efficient.

    Nearly 60 percent of travel managers surveyed also believe that
consolidating meetings and general corporate travel spend is a priority for
their travel program, with the number one reason cited as the potential for
cost savings. Recognizing this need, Egencia Meetings & Incentives in June
introduced the first fully-integrated, single-source global solution for
meetings policy and reporting. Combined with Egencia's strong meetings
management organization, this solution provides online registration, attendee
management, travel booking and reporting along with Egencia's experienced team
of meetings professionals.

    As testament to its continued investment in meetings management
innovation, Egencia is empowering businesses with increased levels of
flexibility and control, which provides additional cost savings and greater
visibility into meetings spend. Enhancements to its end-to-end meetings
offering include:
    
    --  Added flexibility to empower travel managers: support for easy-to-use
        guest accounts, providing any meeting participant the ability to book
        travel; and the ability to create open meetings where the attendee
list
        is not pre-determined

    --  A custom report builder, offering an easy-to-use interface that allows
        travel managers to create custom reports and ad-hoc queries into both
        corporate and meetings spend, giving them greater control over their
        programs


    
    "It's clear that corporations realize that meetings and incentives
management is critical to overall program success," said Pam Keenan Fritz,
Senior Vice President, Egencia North America. "Travel buyers are focused on
finding efficiencies and cost savings through consolidation and program
control.  With Egencia's full-service meetings management offering,
corporations are empowered with a strong combination of flexible tools and
hands-on, experienced meetings management support."

    According to Egencia's survey, 63 percent of travel managers indicated
that meetings spend will stay the same or increase in the second half of 2009.
In addition, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of travel managers surveyed
believe that spend will stay the same or increase in 2010.

    "Given that a majority of travel managers are expected to maintain or
grow their programs from 2009 and through 2010, we believe that effective
meetings and incentives management will remain a key priority," said Debbie
Grossi, Director of Egencia Meetings & Incentives North America. "Today's
announcement underscores our commitment to supporting the full spectrum of
corporate meetings and incentives needs, from a small group event to a large
scale corporate meeting or incentive trip."

    Egencia Meetings & Incentives combines professional full-service
expertise and market-leading technology, giving companies complete oversight
and control over planning and spend. Planned enhancements will be available by
the end of 2009.

    Travel buyers wanting to learn more about these new solutions can visit
Egencia at booth #715 at NBTA Convention in San Diego, CA August 24-26th.

    For more information on Egencia Meetings & Incentives, go to
www.egenciameetings.com.
    

    About Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. Company
    
    Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. company, 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 with a complete
corporate travel offering supported by best-in-class online and offline
service, and global market expertise. With real-time availability of data and
customizable reports that are integrated globally, Egencia is committed to
helping increase efficiencies and savings by giving its customers more insight
and control over their travel program.
    

    Company URL: www.egencia.com

    
    Egencia 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.
    

    2009 Egencia, LLC.  All rights reserved.  CST #: 2083922-50




    




For further information:

For further information: Lauren Berg, +1-312-233-1390,
lauren.berg@edelman.com, or Kara Cook (onsite), +1-312-912-1869,
kara.cook@edelman.com, both of Edelman for Egencia Web Site:
http://www.egencia.com


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