The Wider Public Sector Travel Management Services framework will be open for use by all organisations in local authorities and the wider public sector, and an official procurement process is expected to begin in February.
Valued at between £300m and £800m, the framework will be split into three lots: an online rail and hotel bookings tool; online and offline rail, hotel and air bookings; and a ‘one stop shop’ travel booking service.
The ‘one stop shop’ lot also includes meetings and events booking for external venues.
The framework is expected to run for four years and will replace two existing travel management contracts.
The current Travel Management Services framework runs until 1 March 2013 and includes Capita Business travel, Hogg Robinson (Travel), NYS Corporate and Redfern Travel as suppliers providing a ‘one stop shop’ service.
Meanwhile, a separate Travel Management Service Providers framework runs until 31 August 2014, and covers six lots including business travel, accommodation, conferences and meetings.
Suppliers across the lots include Capita Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit, Expotel, FCM Travel Solutions, NYS Corporate, Portman Travel and Redfern Travel.