Coming Soon: Orbitz for Business
Starting April 7 all university travel will be booked through the new USF Orbitz for Business tool. Training begins March 26.After more than a year of collaboration to select a standard travel service to help the University of South Florida System faculty and staff achieve greater customer service and efficiency, a selection committee of USF employees has unanimously recommended Orbitz for Business travel service. USF will be formally launching this service on April 7, 2014 and will require its use as the booking site for all USF employees traveling on university business.
In engaging Orbitz for Business, USF now has one of the largest travel providers and one of the most familiar online booking tools in the world as its travel partner. Orbitz for Business also has experience in providing this service to prestigious higher education institutions such as Yale University and Northwestern University. Many of you already use Orbitz.com to book travel and know how easy and convenient it is to use.
Since the beginning of the year, a pilot project comprised of units with high travel demands (the Office of the President, General Counsel and Government Relations as well as administrative units of the colleges, USF Health and USF World) have tested the Orbitz for Business site as their exclusive travel booking site. This pilot project allowed for further refinement of USF’s Orbitz for Business portal.
Nick Setteducato, AVP for Academic Affairs Financial Management, has led the implementation team, which is providing training sessions for travelers and staff who arrange travel in their departments and divisions.
We will host three face-to-face and one webinar training sessions for travelers and for those who arrange travel at USF. A full list of session dates can be found in GEMS Self Service (Learning and Development, Request Training Enrollment, Search by Course Name – “Orbitz”). We will also be holding a series of town hall meetings to answer any questions you may have. Stay tuned for additional announcements.
In addition to the scheduled training sessions, an easy-to-follow online tutorial will be available at the Orbitz for Business portal. A complete Frequently Asked Questions section which covers specific issues related to USF travel such as conference bookings and student travel can also be found in the portal.
Orbitz for Business can be easily accessed through My USF under the My Resources drop down menu.
If you have any questions about the implementation process and/or requirements for using Orbitz for Business, please send them to OFBTeam@usf.edu.
We are excited about the many benefits this new program will provide to the USF System and to individual travelers.