Travel managers say simplifying their programs is key, but simplification initiatives face competing priorities, according to a new study from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, underwritten by HRS. The report, “Simplifying Managed Travel,” found that simplification is seen by 72 percent of managers as a key priority while 94 percent say duty of care is a key priority. However, travel managers recognize that simplification initiatives can support their other strategic priorities. For example, 47 percent say simplification will improve duty of care, and 39 percent believe it will reduce the overall cost of their travel policy. Despite recognizing the importance of simplification, managers see a gap between intention and execution. As an example, while 83 percent see duty of care requiring immediate action as far as simplification, only 23 percent say they are currently translating that belief into action. Greeley Koch, executive director of ACTE, said that with so many competing priorities on travel managers’ plates, it can be easy to lose sight of the business traveler. “Simplification allows travelers to spend less time worrying about the logistics of their trip and more on the purpose of their trip,” said Koch. “This makes all the difference between a good business outcome and a great one.”