25% Reduction in year-on-year average hotel rates 31% in average cost per mile 39% Year-on-year savings in average air costs to key destination Tromso.
Why Good Travel Management:
● An understanding of UK Fisheries specific Marine sector travel requirements
● The ability to help control rising global airfare costs
● The capability to book all travel through one place enhancing Duty of Care requirements
UK Fisheries Ltd, based in Hull, owns Boyd Line Ltd and Marr Fishing Vessel Management. It operates the freezer trawler “Kirkella” and the fresh fish trawler “Farnella”. The company has invested significantly in its UK long-distance fleet, trawling sustainably in northern waters. It employs 80 crew and has an active training programme to bring on the next generation of trawlermen and women. UK Fisheries appointed Good Travel Management (GTM) in 2018 as their Travel Management Company (TMC).
Recent economic demands for some organisations have meant that travel programmes across the Marine and Offshore sector are regularly tested and modernised to recognise savings. GTM was chosen to help ‘UK Fisheries’ control its airfare expenditure because of rising global airfares linked to growing costs in crude oil, airline labour, and Air Passenger Duty (APD). Furthermore, the business recognised booking directly on the internet through various suppliers would have fragmented its business travel program leading to increased time, effort and costs when managing and booking its Marine travel needs in house. It would also mean they would lose access to specialist Marine and Offshore fares and the benefits associated with it as they are only available through a specialist Travel Management Company.
An understanding of UK Fisheries specific marine sector travel requirements
Marine and Offshore travel management regularly comes with exclusive logistical requirements to support the movement of Marine Crew. Our service provision here at GTM is planned to provide travel management support to those sectors arranging travel to vessels and installations globally. For UK Fisheries, which are a group engaged in the operation of fishing and other vessels, our marine services enable the booking of travel arrangements through a dedicated team for their crew members travelling to and from its distant water fleets, as well as its senior management team.
The ability to help control rising global airfare costs
Good Travel Management’s airfare programme provided a method of cost control for UK Fisheries travel expenditure in a cost-effective manner.
Firstly, our airfare programme includes exclusive negotiated marine airfares with both regional and global airlines. As UK Fisheries is required to board a vessel for work purposes (at sea or in the dock) they qualify to take advantage of Marine fares which are only available through specialist Marine and Offshore TMC`s such as ourselves. Furthermore, the business can utilise our range of fares across different booking classes enabling more options for its marine crew, in adherence with its travel policy.
Secondly, our exclusive marine fares usually provide full flexibility for date and time changes, in most cases such fares are fully refundable also. The ability to hold flexible and refundable tickets means there`s no need to worry about plans changing.
Thirdly, a further benefit of marine fares includes extra luggage allowance, which supports marine sector workers who can be travelling for long deployments. Our marine fares allow extra baggage allowance generally up to 40KG eliminating the large price tag and lengthy process to manage excess luggage.
Fourthly, we balance our specialist marine airfare content by searching for the lowest available non-flexible airfares, as well as offering low-cost carriers, train travel, car rental and ferries, thereby providing solutions dictated by our clients travel programs.
Furthermore, using our own technology and working closely with airlines concerning ticketing time limits, refunds, and cancellations helps control UK Fisheries travel budgets and supports operational efficiencies. Spend allocation to each vessel can also be tracked at the booking stage through the capture of vessel names for recharging purposes.
Lastly, our airline partners require to see evidence that marine travellers qualify for such exclusive marine fares. To eliminate any unnecessary delays during the airline check-in process, our expert consultants assist in advising which evidence is needed to be provided for marine fares including a company or ship-headed paper showing a need to travel, or a seaman’s logbook or a relevant contract showing an embankment point.
The capability to book all travel through one place enhancing Duty of Care requirements
Through our services, UK Fisheries have a solution where everything can be booked in one place enabling full visibility and control of all travel bookings made for the business, which is especially important considering ‘Duty of Care’ requirements and safeguarding travellers.
Using GTM`s 24-hour emergency assistance services, as a travel management company we supported the business 24/7, every day of the year to help assist the companies travelling workforce. From a quick question, replanning a trip, or helping with a bigger problem, our knowledgeable and experienced consultants where on hand to assist.
Our Disruption and Risk alerts advise travellers and travel bookers of any events that could affect a traveller’s trip. Our alerts cover any events, risks, or policy changes that could affect travellers including changes to quarantine restrictions, strike action, travel advice changes, updates to passport and visa requirements, and travel delays or cancellations.
As crew members do not have the same business travel preferences as their Corporate travel counterparts, getting from A to B is the primary driver for Ship / Rig operators. Nevertheless, it is imperative that all aspects of duty of care for the crew are considered and particularly now in line with airline and airport hygiene standards and policies.
Early airfares forecasts for 2020 suggested a 1% rise in costs. Subsequently, social distancing and the cataclysmic drop in demand for air travel post-Covid was expected to bring a further sharp rise in airfare prices. However, airfares have been controlled for UK Fisheries using our Marine Airfare programme as the business continues to travel and operate as an “essential” business.
- 31% Reduction in average cost per mile
- 39% Year-on-year savings in average air costs to key destination
- 25% Reduction in year-on-year average hotel rates