At the Cutting-Edge and Growing

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At the cutting-edge and growing

South African Travel Centre has had a presence in the market for nearly 20 years, and now it’s expanding its reach and network with new acquisitions, whilst continuing to offer the travel technology to take you further.

South African Travel Centre (SATC) is a consortium of independently-owned travel management companies boasting an extensive footprint, with franchisees in all major centres around South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Ghana. SATC offers corporate and leisure travellers competitive rates and world class service on air travel, car rental, travel insurance, foreign exchange, global tour products, cruise holidays, package tours and hotel accommodation across the globe. The consortium has been in existence for over 16 years and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of South African Airways.

All of the independently-owned travel management companies which form part of SATC are run by proficient travel agents who understand the needs of both the corporate and leisure traveller. Through carefully selected partnerships and expertise, SATC’s wide and convenient network of outlets is able to provide its clients with the best service, support and value for money.

As travel agents who own and run their own businesses, every proud SATC agent understands the need for efficiency and cost reduction, and is totally committed to stretching your travel budget. Not just through cutting-edge technology, but through building relationships, providing all the support you need, and becoming your true partner in travel.

SATC beefs up network

South African Travel Centre has had a successful year to date, having acquired over 13 new franchisees. The company recently welcomed its newest members, Swaziland’s Ezulwini Travel & Tours and Ghana’s Travel Bureau.

Ezulwini Travel and Tours is a travel management company that delivers a superior experience to demanding business and leisure travellers. It boasts experienced and qualified travel consultants with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, and its aim is to give the best service and provide travel arrangements at the most competitive cost. The company effectively and conveniently services clients in all centres within Swaziland, the greater continental region (SADC and COMESA) and beyond.

Ghana’s Travel Bureau has quickly become one of the leading travel service providers and most trusted names in the industry. Founder and CEO Eunice Adu started Travel Bureau in 2005 as a one-location venture. The steady, consistent rise of Travel Bureau is largely due to its success in the business travel arena.  Adu’s perseverance, innovation and unyielding dedication to customer service have transformed the agency into an award-winning travel management company with multiple locations and a list of satisfied customers.

Travel Bureau’s philosophy has always been to win business one customer at a time. The company has become one of the largest women-owned, full service travel management companies in Ghana and among the top 10 in the nation. Travel Bureau’s position in the marketplace is based on a commitment to excellence, the diversity of services offered and unparalleled customer service, which allows the company to offer a comprehensive travel planning solution.

“The addition of Ezulwini Travel & Tours and Travel Bureau to the SATC network means that our clients now have access to a wider agency network through which to experience our superior service and expertise,” says SATC CEO Bulelwa Koyana. “We are confident that SATC, Ezulwini and Travel Bureau will be strengthened by this affiliation.”

Trend towards corporate booking tools

There are a growing number of corporate clients who are beginning to demand that online booking tools be implemented in their organisations, and SATC, through its network of agencies, offers the best of the available technology to these clients. 

In addition to offering the tools provided by the GDS organisations, SATC has partnered with TravelLinck, an online ‘end to end’ corporate travel and expense management solution that allows business travel managers to control travel expenditure from requisition through to reconciliation. In doing so, the business saves costs, enforces policy, streamlines processes and has accurate reporting and recon of travel spend.

TravelLinck has shifted the paradigm in terms of corporate travel management, by developing technology that is transparent and independent, providing rich real-time data and delivering significant cost savings. Developed to meet the needs of the African marketplace, the solution provides real-time booking of flights, accommodation (hotels and B&B’s) and car hire, as well as real-time reporting thereof.

South African Travel Centre’s online corporate policy-driven travel booking platform integrates all aspects of your travel requirements, from your preferred suppliers to your negotiated rates. This incredibly user-friendly travel management tool enables your staff to easily plan, book and purchase complete travel arrangements within your company’s travel policy.

Characteristics of an online booking tool

  • An online corporate policy-driven travel booking platform
  • Aimed at all businesses/corporate clients who want to have better control over their company’s travel spend and ensure company policy      compliance
  • Integrates all aspects of travel requirements – from  preferred suppliers to displaying      negotiated rates
  • Corporate staff can easily plan, book and purchase complete      travel arrangements within your company’s specifications and guidelines

Benefits to corporate and public sector clients 

  • Streamline order processes
  • Time and cost saving
  • Fits seamlessly with internal processes, which ensure that travel management companies are in control of fulfillment and customer support
  • Allows corporate travel managers to take control of business travel, a pre-trip approval process that assists with enforcing travel policy compliance and cost savings
  • Cost savings and policy enforcement

SATC regularly conducts product demonstrations for clients who are interested in the online booking tools. In addition, extensive support is provided to clients throughout the implementation and ownership stages, thus ensuring complete peace of mind at all times. 

Contact
Tel:
+27 11 616 7956

Web: www.satravelcentre.com

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