In addition, tools such as Concur’s Triplink supposedly catch all purchases, compliant or otherwise, while travel management company platforms, such as CWT’s new Roomit, also embrace pretty much everything. Then there is the need for buyers to audit negotiated rates. How on earth can travel buyers possibly implement policy and monitor their programme in such a disparate – not to say desperate – environment? But is it all it appears? Jef Robinson is a senior travel buyer for a major US software firm. He says: “This is a general trend within business travel, and disruptors are given significant media coverage. However, data suggests that GDS bookings are on the increase with a growth of 2 million bookings forecast over volume for 2016.” Hotel product manager for FCM, Rachel Newns, agrees. She also thinks GDS covers many of the available options. “We still find that GDS reservations fulfil most requirements for travellers and tend to be the preferred options for travel managers, because they give access to a company’s negotiated rates, best available rate, FCM/Flight Centre negotiated rates, and we can give loyalty programme rates to those – all in GDS,” she says. “It is all available through one platform with multiple payment options; it is trackable, traceable, so it helps with compliance, traveller safety and security; and it has all the benefits of policy in the tool as well.” Get the full story at Buying Business Travel