Corporate travel and events agency 360 Travel is claiming to have launched the first ever commission- and affiliate-free model to the Australian travel industry.
The new independent business has been designed in a unique way and charges a set fee agreed upfront, which means 360 Travel is able to offer clients full transparency on the full range of services and offers available to them.
The new agency is led by directors Michael Ha (pictured above) and Benjamin Gregory, who between them have 20 years of airline and hotel industry experience.
As part of its new offering, 360 Travel has designed an online calculator for corporate travel managers to work out approximately how much they could save over a year working with the new agency.
The online calculator shows that if a company is spending $1 million on travel bookings each year, the estimated savings would be around $50,000 or five per cent of its annual spend.
Gregory said: “Having worked with the old commission and affiliation structures for years, Michael and I were both tired of the astronomical commissions floating around, as well as the limited range of flight, hotel and car options being presented to corporates, so we wanted to design a completely new agency model, built on transparency and trust.
“Knowing how much Australian companies rely on their travel partners, we wanted to design a system which could not only handle last minute changes to travel schedules, but also take advantage of the various discounts on offer across the entire industry.
“In 360 Travel, we believe we have created a game-changer which will ultimately benefit all corporate travel programs and will literally save them thousands of dollars over the year.”
The agency also offers a 24/7 online service and app where customers can manage their own flights, hotel and car needs, with phone and email support as an optional extra to their corporate travel program.