Addition of TBR to Neo platform Extends Door-to-Door Booking Capability for Global Corporate Travellers
London, UK – November 30, 2016: KDS, a global provider of corporate travel and expense (T&E) management software solutions, today announced that it has partnered with TBR Global Chauffeuring to give clients access to more than 15,000 executive chauffeured vehicles across 3,000 cities through Neo. With access to live journey tracking anywhere in the world TBR has a range of exclusive vehicles available from luxury saloons to MPVs and coaches. The company also offers tailored security transport solutions to support clients’ corporate responsibility and duty of care obligations.
Neo is used by over two million corporate travellers in more than 60 countries for the smart planning and booking of their itinerary as well as their on- and post-trip expense management. Users can now view and book TBR’s services as part of their itinerary, tightly integrated with other trip elements such as flights, hotels and public transport. Booking the TBR service as part of the trip means that travellers will be met at the right time and place by their chauffer for onward transit. Neo presents the traveller with pertinent details for all segments of their trip via a graphical, interactive timeline within the application as well as on their smartphone
Craig Chambers, Group CEO of TBR, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at TBR so to integrate with KDS on such a pioneering system is an ideal fit for us. The overall passenger experience can be made or broken by their ground transportation, which is often their first and last touch point of their journey, so we are committed to providing excellence with thorough quality control checks on every booking. We are delighted about this new partnership with KDS and providing their users with a premium chauffeuring service.”
Neo displays and books TBR’s services in accordance with the user’s company travel policy and personal preferences. These ground transportation costs are added to the full itinerary giving the traveller and approver full visibility of the total trip cost before booking. The user’s finance department will have access in advance to planned travel expenses as well as to historical cost data for planning and budgeting purposes.
TBR is the latest partner to join the Neo Content Hub; a plug and play content platform for suppliers to easily distribute their travel inventory directly within Neo. Based on an open API framework, connection to the Neo Content Hub is easy. Suppliers follow a simple, step-by-step process to make services available to Neo users globally.
Annicka Lofstrand, Senior Director Global Suppliers & Partners at KDS, said: “Ground transportation integration in traditional online booking tools has been fairly limited, so we’re really excited to add yet another new partnership to our growing content. TBR is a great fit for KDS because it is so well served on a global basis. Adding it to the portfolio means we now offer the business travellers using Neo a wider breadth of content and global reach in line with our vision of integrating the last mile of the booking process into the corporate journey.”
KDS (kds.com) is a global provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and industry leader in complete door-to-door trip booking. The company’s cloud-based technology addresses T&E requirements such as T&E policy enforcement and adoption, online travel booking and automated expense processing and invoice reconciliation. KDS offers extensive connectivity to travel content (air, car, rail, hotel) and financial services providers, ensuring optimized availability and pricing.
KDS creates software that users love and believes that user experience is key to delivering cost savings, productivity gains and control over T&E spend.
About TBR Global Chauffeuring
TBR Global Chauffeuring is a ground transportation company with an obsession for quality control and service.
Established in 1999 and headquartered in Glasgow, TBR has developed and expanded into a truly global organisation, operating in 3000 cities with offices across the world, including London, Boston, Manchester, Hong Kong, Dubai and Shanghai.
The leading provider of ground transportation for international financial roadshows, specialist event organisers and the global corporate travel market, TBR has a strong client focus and highly trained chauffeurs, serving high profile events, blue chip organisations and major investment banks.
For more information, visit www.tbrglobal.com
For further information please contact:
KDS media enquiries in the UK
Ascendant Communications, for KDS
Charlotte Hanson, +44 (0) 208 334 8041
KDS media enquiries in the U.S.
Ascendant Communications, for KDS
Jessica Mularczyk, +1-508-498-9300
For TBR media enquiries
Kirsten Blackie, Head of Communications
+44 141 280 4855