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To meet the travel needs of a CEO, is a luxury leisure agency a better fit than a travel management company? Leisure expertise is useful for serving the customized demands of VIPs, but travel advisors may find that even deluxe business travel requires a corporate mindset.

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When it comes to coordinating travel for the CEO and other corporate VIPs, the travel management company that handles the bulk of a company’s travel may not necessarily be the best choice. At least that’s what some luxury-focused leisure travel agencies are saying.

These agencies maintain that both their strong connections with high-end suppliers and a customized approach are a plus for C-suite executives, especially those who prefer to work with an agency that doesn’t serve the entire company. Leadership may not want everyone to know they aren’t subject to the same travel policy restrictions as the rank and file.

While some leisure agencies are finding success in this realm, it’s also important to recognize that even a deluxe business trip is still a business trip, with a very different objective than a vacation. While some travel advisors are adept at handling both corporate and leisure travel, most find it challenging to switch between disparate mindsets.

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Skift Travel Advisor Editor Maria Lenhart [[email protected]] curates the Skift Travel Advisor Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday. Have a story idea? Or a juicy news tip? Want to share a memo? Send her an email.


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Photo credit: Perhaps a CEO or a corporate vice president may want to shop for some Louis Vuitton gear during a business trip. Luxury travel advisors will know how to hook them up. Bloomberg

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