Booking business travel

Welcome to ABTA's business travel page

At ABTA we understand the most pressing issues affecting business travellers, here you'll find information on why you should book with an ABTA Member. You can also visit our LinkedIn Business Showcase page to connect with ABTA's corporate Members and find out the latest trends and research findings in the world of business travel. 

Business travel Members

Our business travel Members range from large travel management companies to independent specialists, with a combined turnover of more than £15bn and we support them through a range of services and advice.

We currently have over 140 Members whose principal activity is the management of business travel, including 38 of the top 50 UK Travel Management Companies (TMCs), according to Buying Business Travel Magazine.

By booking business travel with an ABTA Member, you can be confident that they are a reputable company that:

  • Has passed ABTA’s financial fitness tests, including minimum capital requirements, balance sheet net asset strength and financial security requirements, where applicable. 
  • Adheres to ABTA’s Code of Conduct, so you can expect high service standards and reassurance.

New research has found that over four in five (83%) managers with decision making responsibility say that membership of ABTA is important or very important when they select a travel management company (TMC). This is even higher than the 78% of the public who feel more confident booking a holiday with an ABTA Member.

 

Helping you to travel with confidence

Booking business travel with an ABTA Member means you can have confidence they are a reputable company that:

  • Has passed ABTA’s financial fitness tests, including minimum capital requirements, balance sheet net asset strength and the provision of financial security.
  • Adheres to ABTA’s Code of Conduct, so you can expect high service standards and reassurance where regulation doesn’t exist. 

We provide our ABTA Members with ongoing support, enabling them to keep up-to-speed with the latest advice, travel issues and regulatory requirements, including:

  • Access to a team of ABTA experts able to provide advice on key issues such as health and safety, crisis management and sustainability.
  • Comprehensive guidance notes and updates via our website that cover the latest regulations, travel news on industry issues and help ensure our ABTA Members stay compliant.

A network of business partners that helps to keep our ABTA Members connected.

Providing leadership and support in times of crisis 

We ensure our ABTA Members are able to offer support and timely travel information to their staff and customers at home and in destinations by providing them with:

  • 24/7 crisis operational support to Members should their business ever be impacted by a travel incident or crisis.
  • Operational bulletins delivering round-the-clock updates on travel information via email on breaking travel incidents around the world.
  • Provide free training to ABTA Members to help them to talk to customers about the availability of FCO travel advice.

Being the voice of UK travel and tourism 

Our policy and public affairs work in the UK and Brussels, means ABTA has a strong voice in government. We are using this on behalf of our Members and members of the public to:

  • Work closely with Members and industry partners to ensure the industry is fit to deal with technological disruption and regulatory change;
  • Seek an outcome to UK-EU trade talks that delivers operational stability for travel businesses, including visa-free travel for short-term business trips;
  • Ensure a balanced debate on the benefits of travel and tourism, whilst working to secure a sustainable future for our industry;
  • Campaign for meaningful reform to Air Passenger Duty, which delivers a regime that is competitive, but also carbon-efficient.

For more information, see Policy and regulation.

Leading a responsible travel industry

ABTA is committed to responsible tourism and our key initiatives include:

  • Running a range of programmes to help travel companies operate their businesses in a more sustainable way, from tailored travel management company guidance to the hotel sustainability certification, Travelife for accommodation.  
  • Working with governments, destinations and experts to raise standards in destinations.
  • Providing easy-to-understand guidance on abta.com for Members that explains their legal obligations and how to support customers with a disability.

Look for an ABTA Member

ABTA's membership is made up of 180 corporate Members including, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, HRG, American Express Global Business Travel, FCM, BCD Travel, Egencia UK and ATPI amongst many more. If you want to book your travel through an ABTA Member, please go to our ABTA Member search page.