"It's not a five, it's a ten" - students comment the Travel Management PRO course
"This course has broadened my horizons!", "Some lecturers have opened a new world to me", "It's a pity the last lecture is over", - these were the thoughts of the participants of the intensive educational course Travel Management PRO held by the Association of Business Travel from 13 till 28 of February, when they were leaving the hall. For three weeks the students - travel managers, MICE coordinators, HR experts attended lectures of eight business travel experts, they disputed, discussed the most acute issues - in general, upgraded their skills.
The majority of the participants pointed out the importance of topics connected with the cooperation with providers. "They included agreements, cost cutting schemes and reports that a TMC should provide. It was also very interesting to get to know the “inner workings” of a business travel agency - it has allowed us to understand, to which extent the requirements we set are realistic and accomplishable", Nelly Ogaryova, head of administrative department of Toyota Bank JSC said.
The business travel manager of Russia Today IIA Anna Kostylyova added that the topics of OBTs and purchases had led to a heated discussion: "Taking into account that our group consisted of the representatives of the companies from absolutely different business areas, the dispute was very interesting!". Ramil Nabiullin, head of loss prevention section of Bashneftgeofizika agreed with this opinion: "The reasoning that starts right at the lecture often gives you get a lot of useful information".
"Every lecture made me analyze my work", Anna Kostylyova continued. "The lecturers are top experts, they made the information easy-to-understand and were ready for communication and help".
After they completed the course, all the students got certificates and reference materials. In Ramil's opinion, it could be useful to send lectures in the audio and video format to the future students.
By the word, PRO-fessionals can't wait to apply in practice the knowledge they received at the lectures. "In my future work I am planning to consider an opportunity of switching to OBTs, optimizing the existing travel policy of the company and analyzing business travel costs on their basis - this is what our teachers have advised us to do", Nelly Ogaryova shared her opinion. "Besides, I am going to conclude agreements with hotel groups in the cities of Russia that are the most popular with our business travellers".
The majority of students have rated the course not as a five, but as a ten: "The intensive course has been very useful! We have received a lot of applied information, advice on optimization and improvement of the process of travel support of our staff. There also was practical advice that could be used right away, and information for the future that you do not know how to apply yet, but you are considering the possible options. This courses is the one and only!"
Text: Ekaterina Larina