Technology is the great
enabler of travel management. From pervasive online booking tools to niche
traveler rewards systems, travel buyers can deploy an array of products,
features, tools or systems to guide travelers pre-trip, in-trip and post-trip.
Whether extended through a travel management company, offered by a startup or
delivered by a specialized provider, the travel management tech stack has grown
rich with options. For companies hellbent on containing costs, technology
features and products can help enforce policy, steer purchasing to preferred
suppliers, optimize prices paid and shine a light on travel spend. For programs
keen on employee engagement and safety, technology can help mitigate traveler
risk and ease their lives on the road. The Beat published an in-depth research report
to assess adoption in 11 discrete technology categories. It's based on a survey
of more than 200 travel buyers whose organizations handled at least $500,000 in
2018 U.S.-booked air volume.