REDMOND, WA AND ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 22, 2007 - Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), Concur and the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) announced today that Concur is the first and only travel and expense management company to have all of its field sales and client services team members earn the professional designation CTE (Corporate Travel Expert). More than 75 Concur professionals will now carry the CTE designation after their names, demonstrating their fundamental understanding of the principles and practice of travel management.
To earn the designation, the Concur Global team completed NBTA’s Fundamentals of Business Travel Management course and passed the CTE exam. The course, offered as a two-day seminar or in several online modules, covers topics such as cost containment, policy development, traveler safety and security, travel trends and program benchmarking.
“As the leader in travel and expense management, Concur is dedicated to delivering the very best experience to our clients,” said Rajeev Singh, president and chief operating officer for Concur. “Our sales and support team are some of the best and the brightest in the industry, and they work closely with many of the world’s leading corporate travel managers. The NBTA Fundamentals of Business Travel Management course provides the foundation to help our team even more effectively meet the needs of our clients. That Concur is the first and only travel and expense management company to take this step is simply one more indication of our team’s dedication to delivering world-class service and support – before, during and after the sale.”
NBTA President & CEO, Suzanne Fletcher, added, “Good partnerships are fundamental to success in corporate travel. Concur’s team has shown its dedication to strong partnerships with corporate clients by earning the CTE designation. Concur and its clients will benefit from the Concur team’s fundamental understanding of travel management.”
The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management course and CTE designation are offered as the first level in NBTA’s three-tiered professional development program. Fundamentals/CTE is designed for those who are new to travel management and for travel suppliers who work with corporate clients.
NBTA offers three levels of unique professional development:
- Fundamentals of Business Travel Management/CTE – the only introductory course and designation for corporate travel professionals
- Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE) – the only certification course for corporate travel professionals; designed for professionals with at least two years of experience in the business travel field
Global Leadership Professional (GLP) - the only master’s-level education for corporate travel professionals; offered in conjunction with The Wharton School of Business
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