Avis Budget Group, SNCF, SWABIZ join other key suppliers all now connected to over $35 billion of spend driven by Concur's over 7,000 clients from around the world
Redmond, Wash., July 22, 2008 – Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR) the world’s leading provider of on-demand business services that automate Employee Spend Management, today announced that several industry-leading suppliers – including Avis/Budget, SNCF, SWABIZ (Southwest Airlines Business), Volaris and Interjet – have been added to the growing list of vendors participating in Concur® Connect – the global program that connects suppliers from around the world to over $35 billion of spend driven by Concur's over 7,000 clients. Suppliers participating in this program are able to provide Concur clients with direct access to their travel inventory and content and deliver complete electronic folio data in the form of e-receipts directly into Concur® Travel & Expense.
Concur Connect gives clients exclusive access to services otherwise unavailable though traditional managed travel programs, and doesn’t just stop at reservations like other content aggregators. Concur uses industry-exclusive technology to gather e-receipts, automate expense reporting and deliver Smart Expenses™ – Concur’s industry-first innovation that completely shatters the notion of the traditional expense report. By matching the three trusted sources of corporate travel data – itinerary, corporate card and industry-exclusive e-receipts – Concur enables organizations to automatically complete the expense report on the employee’s behalf, making One Touch Business Travel™ a reality.
“For too long, companies have suffered from a lack of direct access to the travel content that they need to manage their corporate travel programs from a global perspective,” said Rajeev Singh, president and chief operating officer for Concur. “This is in addition to the frustration they have in reconciling what was booked with what was actually spent. Concur Connect solves these issues globally, by delivering exclusive access to content from leading global travel suppliers directly through Concur’s online booking experience, while also enabling these same suppliers to provide e-receipts that power the Smart Expenses that are helping clients eliminate the traditional expense report. The results are frictionless transactions for both corporate travel buyers and travel suppliers, a seamless experience for business travelers and greater control and efficiency to help our clients drive down costs.”
These newly added suppliers join other recently added suppliers including Hilton Hotels Corporation, Choice Hotels International, Intercontinental Hotels Group, RideCharge, Deutsche Bahn and many others who are participating in Concur Connect to provide clients with exclusive access to content, inventory, programs and e-receipts. This industry-leading innovation ensures that every Concur client has access to the travel content and programs they need to help them manage and drive costs out of their corporate travel program. Visitors to Concur’s National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention & Exposition booth (#739) in Los Angeles, CA on July 28 will see how Concur’s industry-leading travel and expense management service – Concur Travel & Expense – delivers access to Concur Connect suppliers .