According to a study by Voyages-sncf.com and EPSA, 71% of business travellers have already booked accommodation outside the channel imposed by their company. Open booking is therefore a common practice in companies. But why do business travellers do it? Is that necessarily a bad thing?
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60% of business travellers have already booked on the internet rather than in an agency and 58% prefer to book themselves. An “infidelity” reinforced by the fact that the offers of the agencies recommended by companies are not always more enticing. Indeed, it is easily cheaper, more comfortable, and better localized on the internet.
Open booking is primarily a way for the traveller to use the booking source he wants without necessarily going through the agencies. But in case he often has to advance the costs himself and get reimbursed…
Thus the quote “we are never better served than by ourselves” makes perfect sense for travellers seeking autonomy.
A boon for online platforms.
69% of business travellers have already found cheaper prices on the internet than on their travel agency.
This practice leads new providers such as MagicStay and other alternative hosting platforms to offer their solution directly to businesses with appropriate reporting tools.
With a varied offer and affordable prices, business travellers can book directly on the platform, while benefiting from payment and reporting methods compatible with travel policy!