Advantage Travel Partnership and Maiden Voyage have teamed up to offer members support, knowledge and expertise on safeguarding female and LGBTQ+ travellers.
Announced at last week’s Advantage Business Travel Symposium, the partnership will provide Advantage members with access to experts in travel duty of care, an online corporate traveller networking platform, and exclusive access to executive briefings. They can also access online and in-person training sessions on traveller safety and wellbeing at specially negotiated rates.
According to research by Maiden Voyage, 79 per cent of respondents said they felt unprepared to deal with a travel-related incident. The survey also shows the majority of travel decisions are made by women, meaning effective support and advice in this area is important for Advantage members’ clients.
Advantage and Maiden Voyage will also look to offer accredited female-friendly TMC status for members looking to differentiate in this area.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of Advantage Travel Partnership, commented: “Ensuring the safety of female and LGBTQ+ visitors is vitally important, particularly with the rapid growth of the female business travel market. Maiden Voyage is a world-leading specialist in this sector and together we can give our members access to their knowledge and resources, which is a really exciting and valuable development for Advantage and our members.”
Carolyn Pearson, founder and CEO of Maiden Voyage, added: “More and more TMCs are being asked to provide support and advice for diverse traveller groups. By partnering with Advantage Travel Partnership, we can support the Travel Management Company: An agency which manages business travel for a company. community and ultimately reach more travellers, helping them to navigate the often complex landscape of foreign travel and keep them safe in the process. Advantage is very well respected in the travel industry and we are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to work together.”