The Global Business Travel Specialist
is a leading provider of travel management services with partner offices in more than 60 countries across six continents. Through our partner network of locations, we specialize in managing the diverse and changing travel needs of companies and travelers in more than 20 cities across India with “hands-on” owner driven, responsive service.
As a client, you’ll always access a knowledgeable expert. Our difference is our people who combine their expertise with the best online technologies to deliver maximum efficiency and savings for your travel. We can source and provide access to product online or offer superior travel management, professional advice, extensive trip planning and support virtually anywhere in India or across the world.
With annual global sales in excess of $5 Billion, we are one of the largest travel companies in India and across the world. It’s not what we promise that sets us apart, it’s what we deliver. Nine in ten corporate and business travel clients rated UNIGLOBE services as above average or excellent and indicated that they would recommend them to others.
Best Travel Apps for 2016
In the era of travel, where boundaries between the real and the virtual worlds are fast fading, and our reliance on smart mobile devices is rapidly growing, UNIGLOBE experts share a definitive list of 5 travel apps to look out for in 2016. Tech savvy business travellers, read on and get downloading!
If globetrotting is on the cards for you, a currency app will come in handy in keeping track of your finances. Currency allows you to add over 10 different currencies and lets you calculate the conversion even without data connectivity, provided you have pre-downloaded the appropriate currency on your phone.
An easy way to spend, monitor, and transfer your money on the go, PayPal also helps with any business-to-business or business-to-consumer transactions that may occur while you’re on the road.
Citymapper is a great public transportation app that combines all available transit to find the best route including subway/metro, bus, train, Uber, rail, ferry, bike share & personal bike with cycle lanes. It provides real-time directions, departure times and disruptions alerts.
4. UNIGLOBE Travel
Powering you with real-time data, the UNIGLOBE Travel app ensures that you have complete control over your travel plans. You can research & buy flights online, track your flight status and even look for restaurants in your destination city. Itineraries booked by your UNIGLOBE expert automatically integrate and update on the app. The app also lets you add personal trips and synchronize them with your calendar.
5. App in the Air
A smart, straightforward, flight tracking app with one of the best coverage of airlines and airports, App in the Air keeps you updated about flight status, even without data connectivity. Breaking down each flight into four stages; check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time, the app helps you manage your time at the airport.
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eat Medical Emergencies the Smart Way!
Medical Emergencies come unannounced and yes they don’t really wait for you to return from that trip abroad. Locating the nearest doctor or hospital might not be so easy if you can't even speak the local language. Given the scenario, it is best to be prepared. As smartphones take over the world, our UNIGLOBE experts take you through a list of medical travel apps you should download before you take that next trip.
iOS and Android, free, global
Using GPS capabilities, this app provides you with numbers for emergency services by destination and also offers a comprehensive list of hospitals in 129 countries. To make communicating abroad even easier, it allows you to translate first aid terms and offers a "drug dictionary" with names of common medications in a variety of languages.
iOS and Android, free, global
The app provides a range of solutions for emergency situation while traveling, from finding hospitals and clinics to allowing you to press on the SOS button that sends your location without internet, dials to the emergency hotline of your insurance company and others. Currently it has are over 3, 000 medicine places from across the world.
Android, free, global
Travel Safe connects you to emergency services; from medical, motor, fire, natural and everything in-between; within just five seconds of opening the app. It automatically detects your location and brings up the right information when you need it. It notifies your friends and family of an incident if one was ever to occur by building a concise message that can be sent in any situation.
In the smartphone era, these smart apps are certainly a smart way of helping you tide over medical emergencies. Not to forget, that when all else including technology fails, you can always count on the expertise, experience and reach of our UNIGLOBE experts who are ever ready to assist you during emergencies. Our worldwide network of partners including our travel insurance partner Tata AIG also help you deal with the financial implications of medical emergencies while travelling
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Hotel Rewards Programs Are Worth Your Attention!
24 days ago
While budgeting trips, most of us primarily concern ourselves with airfares, often not paying as close attention to the other significant component of the budget, the lodging! If your stay extends over a weekend, you have all the more reason to examine your lodging expenses in detail. Our UNIGLOBE experts share why you should take an important aspect of lodging - hotel rewards programs more seriously.
1.There are fewer restrictions and much easier redemption policies and processes
Hotel programs tend to have fewer restrictions on redeeming awards. Most hotel loyalty programs allow you to book award stays right on their websites. Also hotel points have tremendous flexibility, typically have ‘points and cash, ’ which allow you to maximize your value and extend the use of what points you may have. In fact, with many hotel programs, it is standard practice to allow you to redeem points during your stay – forget about planning six months ahead. You can cash in points for anything that can be charged to your room during your stay, including meals, golf, room upgrades, late check-outs, even an extra day’s stay.
2. You can use the points all over the place
Hotel chains offer a number of options at most popular destinations across the world, from luxury to roadside and extended-stay hotels. In fact, you might be surprised by the presence of some of these chains in more remote locales. So if you are moving around on your next trip, you can use points for stays in any number of places, night after night; talk about freedom for free.
3. Hotels are constantly offering special deals to rewards members
From hotel room laptop, free room service breakfast, free Wi-Fi for all program members, occasional late check-out permissions, to free on-site parking and other amenities, there are a host of benefits that come with your rewards hotel programs.
4. They allow you to earn points, and then choose at which level hotel to redeem your points
You earn a lot of points at particular hotel group because of company business, but to make them go farther, you can redeem them at other properties from the group at a different location.
Room upgrades, occasional complimentary internet and parking, and a members-only breakfast on concierge-level floors and more, it would hotel rewards programs are certainly worth your while!
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The Small Spells the Big Difference in Client Satisfaction
24 days ago
The seemingly simple habits such as the time taken to answer the telephone or return an email have an enormous influence on customer satisfaction. In fact, most often it’s these simple acts that determine the distinction between client delight and dismay.
The results of the Annual Client Satisfaction Survey prove that at UNIGLOBE, we take each aspect of client satisfaction, big or small, very seriously. Full marks from nine in ten clients in this year’s survey is testimony to our commitment. Read on to know the complete story…
Annually, UNIGLOBE offices worldwide participate in the Client Satisfaction Survey where clients anonymously submit their reviews on all essential service parameters. The completed surveys worldwide are redirected to UNIGLOBE Travel International for compilation and analysis. The results are then tabulated at UNIGLOBE International World Headquarters. The survey categories include booking accuracy, provision of options and alternatives based on travel needs, telephone response time, email response time and overall service, while the survey addresses reliability, decision support and basic services essential to winning and keeping clients. Participants rate service quality on a scale of one to five, with one being poor and five being excellent.
“Consumer insights are so important. It’s really the only way we know how to focus our development efforts for the future. Surveys help validate those efforts so we know we’re on the right track. The most encouraging result is seeing that nine out of every ten of our respondents would recommend UNIGLOBE services to others, ” says our UNIGLOBE expert.
The results of the survey help UNIGLOBE TMCs and the international UNIGLOBE brand to set goals for continuous quality improvement. At UNIGLOBE, we use this information to hone our knowledge and to select or build the technology tools needed to service our clients better and faster.
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In 2016, Travel Will Set You Free!
24 days ago
Jetsetters or occasional travelers, everyone will be looking for travel as a means of breaking free from convention in 2016. More and more travelers will look for opportunities to explore lesser-known destinations, especially those that are untouched or unique.
It’s going to be a huge year for adventure travel, with many of us wanting to discover untouched, unique places, create unforgettable memories, cross something off the bucket list, push boundaries of the comfort zone and enjoy closer-to-home experiences. Read on as our UNIGLOBE experts give you a lowdown of trends that are set to define leisure travel in 2016.
1. River cruising
In 2016, generation next cruisers are all set to opt for river cruising trips to lesser known places over their staple mega ship ocean cruises. While a riverboat doesn’t cover as much ground as an ocean cruise, it certainly offers unique adventures and more intimate experiences that make it worth your while.
2. Staycations, or travelling closer to home
With locals looking to discover new local experiences while travelling to places close to home, staycation or the trend of taking a holiday closer to home will be another hot travel trend in 2016.
3. Out-of-comfort-zone experiences
Leisure travel will be more and more about fulfilling travelers’ ideal bucket list, including out-of-the-comfort-zone experiences including trips to unordinary places.
4. Multigenerational family vacation
Another new and an interesting trend will be the multigenerational trip or traveling with the whole family to spend some quality time with the entire family while traveling around the world.
5. Adventures that give back
Getting to do some crazy activities and having unique experiences while helping or involving in community’s life - adventure travel that gives back, will also be on the cards in 2016. For example, you go mountaineering while raising money to save the endangered panda.
6. More international trips
Millennials that constitute a growing section of leisure travelers will be taking more international holidays over domestic trips this year.
Take your pick from the vacation experiences mapped out by our experts and embark on a trip that will set you free from convention this year. Let travel be your rollercoaster ride in 2016!
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