SINGAPORE, 10 January 2022: FCM a leading travel management
firm in the Asia Pacific, says it is launching a fee-free scheme for startups
and mid-sized companies in Singapore to help them weather the Covid-19
pandemic.

The travel management company says it will fill the gap left
behind by smaller agencies in Singapore and plans to roll out the initiative in
Malaysia and Hong Kong when borders reopen for international travel, possibly
later this year.

“We are launching a fee-free travel management
programme in Singapore because we believe it’s the right thing to do to support
startups and mid-sized companies,” said FCM Travel’s director of marketing
Henry Jones, who heads the company’s SME travel division in Asia. “Often,
these companies have similar business travel needs as MNCs and large national
companies but are held back by greater budgetary considerations. They also have
less negotiating power for group deals with suppliers as compared to large
organisations. This is our way of supporting them – providing cost-effective
rates and full travel management services inclusive of technology support at no
fees.”

Fee-free business travel for all flight and hotel bookings
is the core item to assist startup companies, but FCM will also help with
systems and technology implementation at no cost, completed within two weeks.

Services included within the programme are FCM’s 24/7 expert
agent support; monthly reporting; always available duty of care via safety and
risk functions through FCM’s mobile technology to account for the well-being
and location of every traveller; and online booking capabilities.

With the reopening of the Singapore borders and Vaccinated
Travel Lane arrangements with several markets in Q4 of 2021, business travel is
showing the first signs of recovery. The pandemic had also left many startups
and mid-sized companies stranded with the closure of several local agencies,
which prompted FCM to step up and fill in the gaps left behind by these
players.

“We recognise that the travel landscape is changed,
which has created a challenging trading environment for some companies,
especially budget-conscious clients,” said FCM vice-president of customer
success in Asia Vicki Parris. “This initiative allows us to offer a
helping hand to more Singaporean startups and mid-sized companies as they
continue to grow. Furthermore, we want to continue to be able to provide more
customers with the FCM trademark personalised service regardless of the size of
a company.”