Skyscanner has travel management in its sights with TravelPro
Travel search engine Skyscanner has turned its attention to the corporate travel world, claiming a new tool “bids farewell to expensive travel agents”.
The TravelPro service acts like a business travel planning service so that a user (or multiple users) can search for flights and hotel options for a trip, and then put into a workflow for approval and booking by a designated employee of an organisation.
It works by way of both a desktop and mobile service.
The Scotland-based company claims the search, save, sharing and user interface “removes the hassle of travel options lost in inboxes, screen prints of flights and hotels, confusion over travel policies and over-spent travel budgets”.
The service is targeted at small the medium sized companies, in a bid to eradicate the “waste of money and time on travel planning and booking” that many encounter.
The project’s head, Ross McNairn, reckons TravelPro will save 30 minutes of planning time per trip, “plus the 5-10% fees of a travel agent”.
Skyscanner says the pilot project has been used by its in-house travel management team, as well as exchange and financial transfer service TransferWise.
It is not the first time in recent months that a predominantly traditionally leisure-focused travel brand has attempted to create a service specifically for the use of corporate travellers.
Booking.com created its Booking.com For Business platform during 2015, although this is focused solely on accommodation options.
Here is a clip to explain the TravelPro service:
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