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Business Travel Management Expert
Marijke Poppink started her travel career as a business travel consultant in 1984 and worked until 2000 at various TMCs in different roles including as a group and incentive consultant, senior business travel consultant and manager of a small TMC.
After discussing how a more efficient approach to booking business travel would ensure higher travel policy compliance than that from working with a TMC with Reed Elsevier, she opened an in-house travel department in Amsterdam in April 2000 for the publisher.
She became responsible for European travel in 2005 and in 2006 began to implement one of the first fully integrated online booking and online requesting tool. This resulted in great efficiencies which helped Marijke win the European Travel Buyer Award in 2010 for the best use of technology in a travel programme.
Marijke has also worked on the APAC region travel programme since 2011 and has implemented TMCs and OBTs in the Netherlands, UK, Singapore, Germany and France.
She considers herself an expert in implementing online booking tools because of her thorough knowledge of GDSs and PNR structures as well as different OBTs and TMC challenges.
Marijke says she does not accept “no” for an answer but always looks for possibilities and opportunities.