LONDON, July 24, 2007 - Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), the world's leading provider of on-demand Employee Spend Management services, today announced the availability of the broadest selection of European Rail content available through any travel booking tool. Participating suppliers include VIA Rail, SNCF, Rail1, Die Bahn and Evolvi (UK Rail by Harry Weeks Travel). Through Concur® Connect, Concur provides clients with exclusive access to travel suppliers' content and services otherwise unavailable though traditional managed travel programs. Concur clients have full and direct access to each of these suppliers' product offerings and faring options, as well as guaranteed access to participating supplier traveller affinity programs. Concur Connect also enables participating suppliers to deliver e-receipts directly into the expense reports of business travellers – an industry-exclusive feature that only Concur clients enjoy.
Concur Connect covers a broad range of services from over 100,000 suppliers; including GDS suppliers, limos, parking, and the widest selection of rail content through direct rail system agreements spanning Europe and North America. Concur Connect even provides access to dining through Open Table. Concur Connect doesn’t just stop at reservations like other content aggregators. Concur uses the same interfaces to gather receipts, automate 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 data – itinerary, corporate card and e-receipts – Concur provides the capability for organizations to automatically complete the expense report on the employee’s behalf, making One Touch Business Travel™ a reality.
Concur Connect allows corporate travel and procurement professionals to tap into a powerful global marketplace and drive costs out of their businesses – independent of suppliers, agencies or distribution systems. By providing access to the broadest selection of content available, Concur Connect helps boost adoption of the online booking tool, ensuring that travellers book within policy, increasing satisfaction and productivity while reducing program leakage.
"As the only truly global provider of integrated online travel booking and expense management services, Concur understands the importance of providing business travellers with access to the right content," said Rajeev Singh, president and chief operating officer for Concur. "Through Concur’s services, our clients have access to the global content, inventory and programs they need, while travel suppliers enjoy a direct connection to the business travellers that use their services, enabling them to offer the amenities and access to programs that drive loyalty and increase satisfaction. Most importantly, Concur enables both corporate travel buyers and the suppliers they use to efficiently exchange data and conduct frictionless transactions, increasing visibility and driving down costs."
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