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American Express Meetings & Events, a Division of American Express Global Business Travel, Launches New Ground Transportation Platform

New solution delivers seamless and compliant ground transportation for events, booked directly by American Express Meetings & Events to save all meetings stakeholders time and money while minimizing errors

December 11, 2019

American Express Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), today announced Meetings Ground Transportation, a ground transportation platform using exclusive technology from solutions provider miMeetings, to efficiently manage flight manifests and evolving group transportation needs for meetings and events. The first service of its kind, Meetings Ground Transportation will allow American Express Meetings & Events to manage ground transportation on behalf of its clients, delivering safe and reliable transportation that promotes compliance with clients’ internal corporate travel and meeting policies.

Through its patented technology, Meetings Ground Transportation minimizes flight manifest errors, intelligently groups attendees to eliminate unnecessary rides, and sources from multiple M&E ground suppliers. As a result of these efficiencies, meeting planners can expect to save 22% to 30% of total ground costs and an average of 15 hours in time spent per event.[1] The platform also supports clients’ duty of care and data security responsibilities as part of The Meetings MarketplaceTM, so planners can rest assured that all suppliers have been vetted and key financial and security needs have been considered.

“Ground transportation has long been a pain point for all meetings stakeholders. Meeting planners have struggled to maintain visibility, organization and cost; an attendee’s first impression of an event can easily be tarnished when ground delays or issues occur as a result of mismanagement,” said Linda McNairy, Vice President of Americas at American Express Meetings & Events. “With the right solutions and partners, it is possible to make ground transportation a strategic component of any meetings program. Meetings Ground Transportation makes management of ground transportation simple and easy, which has not been possible to this extent previously.”

Through the platform, the American Express Meetings & Events planning team also coordinates with suppliers in real time and provides 24/7 support for flight changes and revised ground confirmations, including adding rides, and communicating meeting point instructions to attendees. The solution also enables detailed reporting, standardized invoicing and a straightforward payment process to further support meeting planner’s needs.

Meetings Ground Transportation is currently available for all American Express Meetings & Events clients. To learn more, please reach out to your account manager or contact our sales team at
https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/contact-meetings-events/

About American Express Meetings & Events

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel, offers longstanding experience, expertise and leading capabilities spanning program implementation to budget optimization to deliver powerful meetings and events experiences for clients. The global team is focused on meetings and events sourcing, planning, contract negotiations, budgeting, expense management, reporting, and benchmarking, combined with strategic counsel and integration of leading technology. This end-to-end approach focuses on creating visibility, driving savings, and enabling effective meeting experiences.

With more than 50 years in the industry and a presence in over 100 countries, American Express Meetings & Events is uniquely positioned to manage meetings and events locally, regionally, internationally, and across the globe. The company’s broad capabilities meet the full spectrum of every client’s meetings and events needs, especially through GBT’s 2017 acquisition of events management agency, Banks Sadler, and the 2018 acquisition of travel management company, HRG, including their meetings and events division. American Express Meetings & Events works with local leaders to enhance its offerings to clients.

For 13 consecutive years, American Express Meetings & Events has been named to Meetings Net’s “CMI 25” list [2], an annual directory of the largest and most influential full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the US corporate meetings and incentives industry.  To learn more about the services offered by American Express Meetings &
Events, visit: https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/meetings-and-events/.

About American Express Global Business Travel 

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and their employees prosper by making sure travelers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of 17,000 travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organize meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.

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“American Express Meetings and Events” is a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). GBT is a joint venture that is not wholly owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (American Express). “American Express Global Business Travel,” “American Express,” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express and are used under limited license.

About miMeetings

miMeetings is a leading enterprise provider of ground transportation solutions for meetings and events worldwide. Their patented technology, professional services support and spend management data, help meeting planners and their companies integrate ground transportation into their strategic meetings management programs. Planners and procurement professionals gain greater visibility, control and improved processes in the ground category to gain workflow efficiency, and savings in both time and money. miMeetings – For business driven. To know more visit www.miMeetings.com.

[1] miMeetings data based on the average savings achieved on hundreds of actual events operated worldwide between July 2018 and May 2019

[2] MeetingsNet, The 2019 CMI 25: Top Meeting and Incentive Companies, 3 September 2019,
https://www.meetingsnet.com/corporate-meetings-events/2019-cmi-25-top-meeting-and-incentive-companies