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How Business Travel Data Helps Organizations Manage COVID Variants

January 7, 2022
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The latest highly-transmissible COVID-19 variant, Omicron, became publicly known in December 2021 when South Africa sounded the alarm to the World Health Organization (WHO). Almost immediately, borders were closed for travel. Organizations with business travelers in South Africa quickly scrambled to locate them and launch relocation plans before closures and cancelations took hold.

The Key to Managing COVID Variants: Act Swiftly

While corporate travel managers faced yet another roadblock, Traxo customers met far less friction in their attempts to locate business travelers. Travel managers had actionable trip data at their fingertips regardless of whether travelers were at home preparing for their trips, mid-journey, on the ground, or had recently returned from South Africa. This consolidated data from all booking sources enabled travel management teams to protect and secure travelers quickly.

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Managing Quarantines for Returning Travelers

By having access to Traxo’s dashboard, travel managers could instantly identify those who had recently returned from South Africa, quickly alert travelers of the recent variant outbreak and provide the quarantine instructions set forth by the WHO. Prompt action empowers travelers who may have been exposed to limit the spread of the variant and keep their family, friends, and co-workers safe. 

Back Business Travel Restriction Decisions with Tangible Data

Restricting the movement of people seems necessary, yet again, to limit the spread of omicron. While this controversial move by government officials is wreaking havoc on economies across the globe, it’s in business’ best interest to keep employees safe and forgo or restrict business travel to highly impacted countries or regions. Comprehensive data on traveler plans, movement, and viral hotspots is the key to making travel restrictions decisions wisely.

Traxo's Business Travel Data is Essential to Traveler Safety and Variant Management

Traxo’s dashboard conveniently provides travel managers with aggregate data, allowing them to act efficiently in these times of rapid change and evolving travel restrictions. Additionally, data can be supplied to TMCs and duty of care providers for more proactive and further optimized travel management. To learn more about accessing your travel data, contact us today.

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Small-to-medium size

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What Are Business Travel Costs?

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This especially rings true for hotel programs, which are usually on an

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Regardless of the exact reason

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What Are TMCs (Travel Management Companies)?

TMCs, travel management companies

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Three Ways Travel Managers Are Approaching COVID-19

  1. Employees first – Ensuring

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The swift outbreak of the coronavirus (now known as COVID-19)

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When the pandemic

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Travel managers have been on the front line of corporate travel’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Companies are in varying stages of dealing with the outbreak, but we’ve heard three common themes in how travel teams are approaching this unprecedented new reality.

Three Ways Travel Managers Are Approaching COVID-19

  1. Employees first – Ensuring

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The swift outbreak of the coronavirus (now known as COVID-19)

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