Selective Travel Management, sponsor of Young Businessperson of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with British Airways, on the success of its business in Northern Ireland
Thirty years in business, 50 highly skilled staff, and state-of-the-art technology all add up to Selective Travel Management, Northern Ireland's biggest independent travel management company.
With a client base extending across the whole of the UK and Ireland, Selective Travel Management, part of the World Travel Centre Group, are market leaders in providing business travel for a range of industry sectors.
These include governmental departments, blue chip companies, the higher education sector and SMEs.
And, as the largest independent agent in Ireland, the group also supplies more than 75% of the island's independent travel agents with air fares and accommodation.
It is thanks to those long-standing relationships, and buying power with leading national and international travel suppliers, that Selective Travel Management are able to pass on savings of up to 25% on annual corporate travel budgets.
In addition, they can offer further perks and can often call upon suppliers to assist with additional support.
As well as booking competitively priced flights, Selective Travel Management holds licenses with IATA, ABTA, CAR and ATOL and can access reservations at hotels around the world, arrange car hire or rail tickets and offer 24-hour emergency assistance.
Managing director, Mukesh Sharma, said: "A dedicated team of experienced travel professionals are allocated to clients to ensure a personal service. Our account manager will ensure we have a complete understanding of your business and carry out regular reviews.
"Our real strength is our technology – we can provide the most up-to-date and extensive management information, including real-time data, carbon analysis reporting and e-procurement and e-invoicing capabilities.
"Aside from being travel policy compliant, we offer traveller tracking capabilities, full service level agreements with KPIs, and an online booking tool – the Selective Travel management portal– which can be tailored for individual companies."
The portal will check availability on low-cost and scheduled worldwide airlines, book multi-sector itineraries, search by both fare and schedule, print tickets and itineraries, and manage travel budget among company members.
Mr Sharma said: "We are here to do business and fulfil your travel requirements in the most cost-effective and efficient way.
"Our investment in technology is one of our largest costs to ensure you get the best deal, the best reports and the best service."
We are here to do business and fulfil your travel requirements in the most efficient, cost-effective way.'