–Through its partnership with Collabro, integrating the Vantage POB workforce planning system, GBT delivers a complete travel booking solution for the oil and gas industry–

Sydney, AUSTRALIA, June 7, 2016 – American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced the launch of additional features for its travel and accommodation solution specifically designed to support the unique business travel needs of the oil and gas industry. By integrating with Collabro’s VantagePOB* workforce planning system, GBT provides a complete solution for managing the complex planning and booking of crew rotations to remote locations. The integrated solution helps oil and gas, and offshore operators remove most of the manual processes involved in the booking of travel, from commercial flights through to charter flights and offshore accommodation. It also provides travellers with a single traveller itinerary across their entire journey.

The new capabilities announced today allow bookings to be changed or cancelled online, with little or no manual intervention. Such changes would previously have been made off-line and typically with manual input. In addition, the solution now features an improved interface, displaying information in a user-friendly manner for travel counsellors and bookers. Both enhancements are designed to further automate processes and improve productivity, by reducing manual intervention.

Through its partnership with Collabro, a specialist provider of planning and personnel logistics solutions to major infrastructure operators, GBT’s travel management solution integrates with the VantagePOB workforce planning system. The Vantage POB workforce management system is a web-based program which enables operators and contractors to efficiently monitor and manage the movements of personnel to and from locations.

The fully integrated solution provides significant benefits for oil and gas companies including:

  • A streamlined travel request, booking and approval process for operations and travel managers.
  • Automated medical and personal certification checking which improves the travel requisition process.
  • A consolidated itinerary for travellers providing a single view of their entire trip.
  • The ability for complex bookings to be changed or cancelled online with minimal manual intervention, thereby increasing efficiencies.
  • A consolidated view of travel demand, improving travel planning and forecasting.
  • Duty of care facilitation, if combined with GBT’s EXPERT CARE, a web-based platform which makes it easy to track travellers and communicate with them in times of travel disruption or emergency.
  • Traveller access to a 24/7 global helpdesk with specialist counsellors and local resources, providing exceptional levels of customer care.
  • GBT’s unique Digital Travel Record (DTR) and common data platform provides operations or travel managers full visibility of where their workforce is at any point in time, which is highly beneficial from a safety perspective.

Business travel for oil and gas workers can be incredibly complicated as it involves both commercial and private charter travel to move people to and from remote offshore rigs. Traditionally, booking travel for individuals and crew in the sector has involved significant manual input, but the automation enhancement of the solution will greatly improve productivity, reduce the margin for error, and improve safety standards.

“These enhancements represent a maturation of our travel management solution for the oil and gas sector, and exemplify our significant technology investments,” said Dr. Carl Jones, Vice-President, Global Client Management, APAC, and Head of Energy, Mining & Marine, American Express Global Business Travel. “It’s critical for oil and gas companies to ensure proper duty of care for their employees, and it’s equally important to have line-of-sight on their suitability for a roster in terms of up-to-date qualifications, visas, medical approvals, and appropriate rest periods. Our solution provides the technology to satisfy these requirements and therefore peace of mind.”

Nigel Bull, Managing Director, Collabro Australia, said, “Our integration works with American Express Global Business Travel’s existing technology to provide a sophisticated system which ensures end-to-end travel can be clearly tracked, that the traveller is safe, and that they are compliant with all necessary work requirements. We record all key traveller information, including weight and physical dimensions, which enables our solution to automatically allocate appropriate seating on helicopters – that’s the level of detail we are providing for the oil and gas industry.”

* Collabro is the exclusive global reseller and implementer of VantagePOB, under an agreement with CGI IT (UK) Ltd. who own all intellectual property rights to VantagePOB

About American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel enables corporations and empowers business travelers with insights, connections and exceptional customer service on a global scale. Through technology and information, American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments.

American Express Global Business Travel has operations and network partners in nearly 120 countries worldwide with approximately 12,000 employees. American Express Global Business Travel ranked first among corporate travel providers in the 2015 Corporate Travel 100 (“CT100”), an annual listing compiled by Business Travel News which ranks companies with the largest volume of U.S. air bookings. Learn more about how American Express Global Business Travel connects the world at amexglobalbusinesstravel.com and twitter.com/amexgbt.

About Collabro Collabro is a specialist provider of Planning & Personnel Logistics solutions to major infrastructure operators. The firm develops client specific solutions based upon two main offerings – Vantage POB the world’s leading personnel-on-board tracking system,  and Legare – Collabro’s proprietary data transformation tool that provides seamless data transfer to and from Oracle’s market leading planning software, Primavera.

From its offices in Aberdeen, UK, Perth, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Collabro provides support to its global client base supporting operations on all six continents

website: www.collabro-group.com

American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited license.

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