Published on : Wednesday, November 30, 2016
KDS, a global provider of corporate travel and expense (T&E) management software solutions, today announced that it has partnered with TBR Global Chauffeuring to give clients access to more than 15,000 executive chauffeured vehicles across 3,000 cities through Neo. With access to live journey tracking anywhere in the world TBR has a range of exclusive vehicles available from luxury saloons to MPVs and coaches. The company also offers tailored security transport solutions to support clients’ corporate responsibility and duty of care obligations.
Neo is used by over two million corporate travellers in more than 60 countries for the smart planning and booking of their itinerary as well as their on- and post-trip expense management. Users can now view and book TBR’s services as part of their itinerary, tightly integrated with other trip elements such as flights, hotels and public transport. Booking the TBR service as part of the trip means that travellers will be met at the right time and place by their chauffer for onward transit. Neo presents the traveller with pertinent details for all segments of their trip via a graphical, interactive timeline within the application as well as on their smartphone
Craig Chambers, Group CEO of TBR, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at TBR so to integrate with KDS on such a pioneering system is an ideal fit for us. The overall passenger experience can be made or broken by their ground transportation, which is often their first and last touch point of their journey, so we are committed to providing excellence with thorough quality control checks on every booking. We are delighted about this new partnership with KDS and providing their users with a premium chauffeuring service.”
Neo displays and books TBR’s services in accordance with the user’s company travel policy and personal preferences. These ground transportation costs are added to the full itinerary giving the traveller and approver full visibility of the total trip cost before booking. The user’s finance department will have access in advance to planned travel expenses as well as to historical cost data for planning and budgeting purposes.
TBR is the latest partner to join the Neo Content Hub; a plug and play content platform for suppliers to easily distribute their travel inventory directly within Neo. Based on an open API framework, connection to the Neo Content Hub is easy. Suppliers follow a simple, step-by-step process to make services available to Neo users globally.
Annicka Lofstrand, Senior Director Global Suppliers & Partners at KDS, said: “Ground transportation integration in traditional online booking tools has been fairly limited, so we’re really excited to add yet another new partnership to our growing content. TBR is a great fit for KDS because it is so well served on a global basis. Adding it to the portfolio means we now offer the business travellers using Neo a wider breadth of content and global reach in line with our vision of integrating the last mile of the booking process into the corporate journey.”