Delivers new tools and streamlined procedures for event organizers worldwide
AMSTERDAM, 5th August 2013 – SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has rolled out further enhancements to its Global Meetings product. With a minimum of just 50 and no maximum number of attendees, plus generous discounts on flights operated by its 19 member airlines, SkyTeam is responding to industry demand for travel to small, as well as large-scale events.
Now even easier to use, the Global Meetings Product has been developed to respond to the specific travel requirements of the meetings industry. Online booking was launched earlier this year, allowing attendees to book flights directly through SkyTeam.com. New features now available include:
- Travel agent registration – enabling event organizers to nominate their preferred travel agency to handle all ticketing via an efficient automated registration system;
- Delegate tracking – up to the minute monitoring of number of bookings made lets organizers know when they reach the threshold for reward tickets (one per 50 flown);
- Global Meetings support desk – available Monday through Friday to assist event organizers with queries and follow up;
- Enhanced Communications kit – exclusive web, email or print resources such as promotional material to raise delegates’ awareness and handy tips on setting up travel pages for the event website.
SkyTeam Global Meetings is free to use and event organizers can set up their event in fewer clicks, thanks to a more streamlined registration process that has also been introduced.
“We’re capitalizing on the positive trend in the meetings industry by removing the complexity of event travel management to deliver a simplified solution,” said Mauro Oretti, SkyTeam’s vice president Sales and Marketing. “In addition, our leading position in Greater China - a fast-growing MICE market, combined with our extensive network of more than 1,020 destinations, means SkyTeam can fly attendees to all the world’s meetings hotspots on many of the world’s leading airlines.”
This year business travel spending in China is forecast to grow by more than 15% and is predicted to overtake the U.S. by 2015. SkyTeam is the #1 airline alliance in Greater China and has hubs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – three of the top Chinese business markets - offering event organizers the ideal travel solution in this market. Worldwide, the MICE industry is showing strong signs of recovery and top locations include London, the U.S. (Delta), Spain (Air Europa) and Germany, all markets in which SkyTeam has a strong presence with service offered by multiple member airlines.