The Indian government’s focus on “Make in India” has given several start-ups and emerging businesses a platform to grow. This rapid growth has led to a significant rise in frequency of business travel, and Corporate Traveler is well-positioned to cater to the demands of the upcoming sector.
The launch also marks the appointment of Gaurav Luthra as Country Head, Corporate Traveller. Gaurav will be spearheading operations and expansion of the newly–launched brand, while continuing to oversee Air, Hotel, Car and Insurance products portfolio under the larger corporate brand – FCM Travel Solutions.
Speaking about the launch, and congratulating Gaurav Luthra, Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, India, FCTG, said “We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Corporate Traveller’, yet another leading global travel brand, in India. The diverse offerings of Corporate Traveller have been well-received globally, and will strengthen our endeavour to address unique travel requirements of India’s emerging businesses and startup sector. Gaurav brings expertise in managing a wide corporate product portfolio, as well as valuable insights on the local market to his role. Under his leadership, we are confident of the brand’s growth as a customized travel solutions provider.”
A member of FCM’s SWOT team, Gaurav has over 20 years’ experience in leading profit centre operations and strategic implementation of new revenue lines for all FCM verticals in India. His specific focus has been on building operational efficacy through supplier contracting and relationship management.
On assuming the role, Gaurav Luthra, said “I am delighted to be involved with the launch of a rich and nuanced portfolio under FCTG’s Corporate Traveller brand and explore umpteen possibilities of its growth. India’s highly dynamic business landscape is witnessing the rise of many emerging businesses. However, for these businesses cost savings is a critical priority. With Corporate Traveller, the sector can ‘bring an expert on board’ and derive real value, travel comfort and savings tailored to their specific business travel requirements.”
Corporate Traveller boasts of a unique EXPERT technology suite, which harnesses the latest technology to help travelers plan their entire trip and get the best value from any budget. The brand brings a host of smart business solutions, encompassing an online booking engine, soon to be launched mobile app and profile management for seamless travel planning.
Corporate Traveller also offers a TRAVELsmart suite, designed to boost comfort and cost savings with specially negotiated discounts and complimentary services from preferred airlines, hotels and car hire partners. The TRAVELsmart suite consists of the following privileges:
smartFLY – access to bonus airfare rebates and discounted memberships for Corporate Traveller’s preferred airline lounges
smartSTAY – access to free value adds at Corporate Traveller’s preferred hotels, including Wi-Fi, breakfast, car parking, room upgrade, laundry service and bonus loyalty points
smartDRIVE – access to free value adds at Corporate Traveller’s preferred car hire companies, including in-car Wi-Fi connection, vehicle class upgrade and discounts on return transfers
SMEs and startup businesses can also enjoy round-the-clock access to dedicated and personal services of travel experts and wide range of payment options that save them time and money and allows them to focus on growing their business.