Personal opinion, countered by opinions on this forum. Speak to the guys in my last job and they would have a similar opinion to mine.Why is it everyone I know who has used both systems, civvie and military, prefer booking the hotel themselves? Coincidence?
FOCI'm pretty certain the army has been using one form or another of centralised booking since the early 90s at least. Well done for looking up bookings origins, yet again you've completely blown my arguments out of the water.
We'll probably never know but the frequency of hotel stays is significantly more than that of air travel. Meaning that MoD could rack up a lot of needless cost quite rapidly. At least this way the onus is on the individual to cancel the room or face paying for it as opposed to MOD covering it ie it is in the individuals interest to cancel.You also don't seem to see any problem with the CHBS paying for travel directly but the individual still pays for the hotel upfront. Not exactly joined up is it?
Also flights are expensive. I couldn't have covered some of the short notice ones, and my colleagues that were in and out of the Middle/Far East on business class certainly weren't going to cover the cost.
Does it work...yes, could it be better...probably.