FCM Illuminate

The FCM Illuminate thought leadership series brings together customers, prospects and suppliers to explore trends, best practices, the future of corporate travel and more. 

FCM Illuminate first launched four years ago in Australia. What began in 2014 as half-day seminars grew into full-day events as a result of the popularity of the content. The scope of the events and audience has consistently grown as the desire to learn and network with like-minded corporate travel colleagues is on the rise. One attendee in Australia commented that, "The content was spot on, with information and data that would normally cost thousands of dollars to access, presented by knowledgeable speakers with significant industry experience."

“Part of delivering greater value to our clients, suppliers and industry peers is providing a space for thought leadership, where participants can share information and knowledge in an environment that facilitates learning and development to prepare our customers for the future,” said general manager for FCM Australia, James Kavanagh.

Here in the US the initiative launched in January 2018 as an online webinar series followed by a live Q & A. The first of the FCM Illuminate series was held as a client-exclusive event, that over 100 attendees participated in. It was a technology solutions session that was heavily focused on FCM Connect, the brand’s integrated global technology platform that gives clients access to multiple tech tools that deliver on and enhance their travel program.

Since then sessions have varied in content with guest speakers such as TSA talking airport security and Concur SAP talking fraud. Not to mentioned internal industry experts discussing hot topics from mobile chatbots to NDC. 

The series’ namesake was born from the desire to illuminate the future of corporate travel and provide valuable networking opportunities for delegates and suppliers. In Australia the largest event in the series brings nearly 100 corporate travel buyers, plus key travel industry executives, innovators and new entrants into the travel space.

“We are putting an increasing emphasis on education and engagement for our customers and want to be able to share that with a larger audience,” said Billy McDonough, FCM Travel Solutions President for the Americas. “Having like-minded professionals come together to share their take on trends, cost reduction best practices and what’s next on the corporate travel horizon is an invaluable trifecta of information. Given our extensive client and supplier roster, we are excited to be the facilitator to spark such valuable conversations and thought leadership.”

FCM Illuminate Webinars

New Ways to Prevent & Detect Fraud Risks

This webinar presentation will demonstrate the value of using integrated employee spend data to help further internal investigations and uncover activities that unravel larger schemes.

Emerging Mobile Technology

From chatbots to click payments, John Morhous will discuss the potential opportunities from emerging mobile technology on the traveler experience and how various technologies will affect travel managers.

Virtual payment for business travel

FCM Illuminate partners Airplus to discuss virtual payment for business travel specifically focusing on how to increase transparency and traveler satisfaction whilst decreasing fraud risks.

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