Travel managers are committed to simplifying the business travel experience but face multiple obstacles as they try to do that, according to a new study from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in collaboration with HRS called “Simplifying Managed Travel 2.0.”  The study illustrates that travel buyers remain committed to the idea of streamlining the business travel experience. In 2017, 72% of travel buyers indicated that initiatives to improve the effectiveness of their business travel programs support the overall goals of their companies. In the latest study, that number rose to a nearly universal 97%. Program leaders generally express three core objectives for simplification: cost savings for the organization, enhancing duty of care and boosting employee productivity. Each of these can be improved, to varying degrees, by streamlining the travel program. The most significant barrier to simplification is competing organizational priorities, a challenge identified by nearly half (46%) of travel buyers. Secondary challenges can vary by program size; respondents from programs that spend more than $50 million annually cited limited staff, while medium-sized programs noted the lack of senior leadership support.