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Online travel agency Booking.com is looking to make inroads into the corporate travel market after agreeing a deal with Concur.
Booking.com and expenses specialist Concur have agreed a new partnership which will see the OTA’s 800,000-plus accommodation portfolio being made available through the Concur Travel online booking platform.
Ripsy Bandourian, senior product owner at Booking.com, said: “We’re seeing strong growth among business travelers on Booking.com. In fact, nearly one in five of the bookings made on our site and mobile apps are now for business.
“This partnership with Concur enables us to bring our signature seamless booking experience to even more business customers worldwide, helping them get the most from their corporate travel budgets, while saving their travel managers and employers both time and money.”
Chris Baker, Concur’s UK managing director of enterprise, added: “Our new partnership with Booking.com demonstrates the importance of providing next-generation solutions to capture how business travel is evolving.
“We are focused on providing a fully integrated travel and expense solution that allows our customers to adapt as change happens.”
Concur also plans to extend its relationship with Booking.com as a partner within its Trip Link expense management system which will capture data made from direct bookings with the OTA rather than through the managed travel channel.
Trip Link already works with suppliers such as Accor, Airbnb, Etihad, Hotel Tonight, Lufthansa, Marriott and Starwood Hotels.
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