London, UK – July 13, 2016: KDS, a global provider of corporate travel and expense (T&E) management software solutions, has partnered with Booking.com for Business to provide KDS Neo users full access to Booking.com’s selection of accommodation, from traditional hotels to B&Bs, apartments and more, at great prices. Booking.com for Business is the company’s dedicated division focused on empowering business travellers to seamlessly book and manage their travel in the simplest, smartest and most rewarding way possible.
The partnership opens up almost one million properties worldwide to KDS business travellers, enabling them to search and book their preferred accommodation within their door-to-door itinerary in KDS Neo. Through the tool, users can search availability, view all rates including special offers and value deals and see detailed property and room descriptions and photos. They can also view hotels and other accommodations close to their destination or meeting on a map.
The integration to Booking.com opens up a number of benefits to corporate travel managers, not only offering the widest selection of properties and best rates within the managed corporate programme but also policy control, full visibility of total cost, reporting and duty of care.
For corporate customers, being able to manage Booking.com accommodation bookings within the KDS Neo corporate booking tool means that they can provide more diversity and choice and still meet their corporate policy and procedure. They can easily set budgets, even on a regional or city-level and enjoy full access to Booking.com’s rich content, including review ratings from other business travellers. They also gain visibility into where staff are staying and how much they’re spending. All of these are welcome additions for corporate customers who have been asking for Booking.com content to be made available via KDS Neo.
Oliver Quayle, SVP Product, Partners & Marketing at KDS, commented: “We’ve already seen significant uplift in hotel attachment rate using the door-to-door approach of Neo, where the hotel, flights and taxi transfers are all booked in one go as part of the itinerary. As travellers discover they have access to more accommodation options in a consumer format, we expect this increase to continue as they discover the tool is able to offer the broadest set of accommodation options without need for further research elsewhere.”
Ripsy Bandourian, Director of Product Development for Booking.com for Business, commented: “With one in five bookings being made for business on Booking.com, we have referenced the insights from millions of business traveller reviews to innovate our product. With this partnership, we’re very excited about the opportunity to share our diverse range of places to stay, including those properties especially endorsed by other business travellers, with a whole new audience of KDS Neo customers, enhancing their business travel experience.”
Booking.com content, including the full range of Booking.com for Business functionality and features, is available now through KDS Neo.