American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched a new workspace booking service for remote workers and small teams.
GBT’s Workspaces gives customers the ability to make flexible, daytime bookings of meeting venues, co-working spaces, guestrooms with desks, converted suites and small hotel meeting rooms, to use as work and collaboration spaces.
Workspaces bookings are made via GBT’s Meetings Express platform, which was launched in 2019 to offer customers a single global interface for sourcing small, simple, and recurring meetings. The Workspaces solution is supported via GBT’s partnership with the booking platform MeetingsBooker.com.
With more people working remotely and from home, the service is designed to serve the needs of employees who seek safe, productive places to work, and companies that need controllable, cost-efficient options for their staff to get together where office use is restricted. As travel returns, Workspaces will also provide options for people whose offices have not yet re-opened.
Workspaces, according to GBT, offers secure, self-registration for travelers and a user-friendly booking experience. The tool aggregates content and enables customers to keep bookings within the corporate travel program, giving visibility and control on spend and employee activity. Customers using Workspaces can also benefit from preferential rates, terms and amenities from GBT’s hotel partners.
Wesley Bergstrom, VP, global supplier partnerships at GBT, said that with some companies reviewing their real estate strategies, customers are looking for innovative solutions. He added: “GBT Workspaces is another way we’re meeting their needs as they navigate the new normal.”