Last week’s Business Travel Show saw 9,000 European travel professionals descend on London’s Olympia to discuss, debate and learn about the industry’s latest innovations and developments. It was my first time back at the event after 5 years away from the industry and what a week, as it also marked a rather exciting event for SalesTrip – our official launch.
To see our unique business travel ROI solution met with interest by media, prospects and customers alike was incredible, and our team came away from the show full of enthusiasm for an industry that is ripe for change and positive progression.
So, I thought I’d share my top three moments from the show. Let me know whether you agree or not!
It’s time to move on from the 3rd generation of Business Travel Management
SalesTrip was borne out of a need for change, with our founders seeking to free business travel from its third generation confines where technology is widely used, yet until now, has been applied without offering any real insight into business travel ROI.
As our Founder & CEO, Manoj Ganapathy, commented in CityAM recently: “I remember being given my team’s total travel costs for the month; but working with a siloed and unsynchronised travel and expenses system meant I could never stand back and see the bigger picture. I couldn’t see where individual team members were travelling to, or which customers they were meeting — or, crucially, if the overall travel spend was offering a positive return on investment (ROI).”
So, as we geared up to our launch last week, it’s safe to say our team was itching to introduce SalesTrip as the start of business travel’s fourth industrial revolution – where business travel intelligence and cross-functional connectivity are seamlessly intertwined.
2nd place in the Business Travel Show’s Disrupt Awards
Not only did SalesTrip launch and exhibit at the show, but our team also competed in the 4th annual Disrupt Launchpad Awards. After initially being shortlisted in the final twelve, the SalesTrip team was very proud to be chosen as one of five finalists to present on the first day of the show. Manoj took to the stage on day one, delivering a great 5-minute dragons den style pitch, and the team was delighted to be awarded runner’s up by the judging panel.
The 1st for many customers
Speaking to The Company Dime in the days prior to The Business Travel show, Manoj explained why now is a great time to introduce SalesTrip to the industry: “With travel and expense costs typically reaching 10 percent of all operational spend, companies should be managing them as a mechanism to drive business growth, not as an uncontrollable cost or hindrance to business activity.”
Cementing these comments at the show, Manoj added: “For the first time, organisations around the world now have the opportunity to see and understand the ROI that they get from their business travel spend — that’s certainly a first for our customers, and it’s exciting to think that this will soon be a first for many more companies.”
To learn more about SalesTrip and how our all-in-one travel booking, ticketing and expense management system helps organisations to demonstrate travel ROI, get in touch with the team.