Apr 21, 2014
From staff reports
At the end of March, it was announced the University would be transitioning to ALTOUR, a new travel provider. The Preferred Travel Provider Subcommittee, which began meeting in October 2013, had recommended that the University engage in a one-year pilot with ALTOUR.
During this planning period, the Procure to Pay (P2P) team has worked with ALTOUR to develop a timeline for transitioning the Concur Travel Booking Module, the university’s travel system, to integrate with ALTOUR. Up until this time, travelers could book their travel arrangements in CONCUR Travel and Travel World, the former travel provider, would handle the issuance of the tickets and reservations. This role will transition to ALTOUR by May 1. Since Travel World and ALTOUR use different ticketing systems, there will be some minor disruptions in the Concur Travel Booking Module.
Please make note of the following key dates:
Why the Preferred Travel Provider Subcommittee selected ALTOUR
The committee investigated interim and long-term options for travel arrangement services. Their work started with a review of ALTOUR, a full-service travel provider that is under a competitively bid Inter-University Council of Ohio contract with other Ohio institutions. ALTOUR has extensive experience in higher education, positive references, and in addition to handling domestic and international travel arrangements, provides other value added services including group travel, charter arrangements, convention and conference service, visa and passport assistance and enhanced phone support and emergency travel services outside of normal business hours.
More information about ALTOUR and their services, price matching and fees will be distributed in the next week and posted on http://www.ohio.edu/finance/procuretopay/procurement/travel_services.cfm.
Additionally, there will be training sessions in the fall for anyone who is interested. Please contact Luke Gregory, procurement commodity manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-1621 for more information.
The Office of Finance & Administration contributed to this report.