Published on : Thursday, February 2, 2017
With plans to launch a presence in Europe and the United States, this is the first international expansion for the Melbourne-based corporate travel platform. The decision comes on the heels of an investment in the Locomote business last year by global travel commerce platform, Travelport which first took a majority stake in the company in 2015. The increased investment in the corporate travel platform forms part of Travelport’s ongoing focus on the digital economy. It recently established a dedicated digital organisation which also includes Mobile Travel Technologies (MTT) which was recently re-branded ‘Travelport Digital’.
Travelport Locomote is a highly intuitive corporate travel platform which allows all travel activity, whether online, offline or a mix of the two to be managed seamlessly. Much more than an online booking tool, Travelport Locomote’s range of app-powered workflows consolidates the entire travel lifecycle. This empowers travel managers to drive behavioural change in their travellers and achieve a leap in program efficiencies that goes further than the usual single focus on online booking. The platform is currently used across a range of industries including education, legal, banking, insurance and not-for-profit; with clients such as World Vision Australia, University of Melbourne, Allen & Overy and Credit Union Australia.
The growth strategy will be spearheaded by CEO Sandra McLeod, who has 35 years of experience in the international travel industry — 27 of which have been with Travelport — and driven by the recently-appointed Director of Sales & Support UK, Vicki Mills, with her 20 years of experience within both the corporate and leisure travel industries.
McLeod said: “Travelport Locomote’s technology was built with a global mind-set from the very beginning”, emphasising that the time is right for the company to move into a new market.
“We see the UK as being crucial to Travelport Locomote’s success with a population of early technology adopters and a focus on innovation. In addition to that, we benefit from the unwavering support from our parent, Travelport, which is headquartered in the UK and has an extensive presence of travel experts here.
“The corporate travel industry is changing rapidly, driven by a shift in travellers’ expectations and booking behaviours as well as a demand for technology to address companies’ need for increasingly efficient business solutions”, she added.