New partnerships expand options for on-the-go and last minute business travel with Concur
ORLANDO, Fla., July 27, 2015 – Concur, the world’s leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services, today announced partnerships with Lyft and HotelTonight. These partnerships continue the company’s commitment to meet modern business travelers’ needs for on-demand services, while also providing finance and travel managers greater visibility and manageability for business expenses.
“Bringing more on-demand mobile applications into the Concur business travel ecosystem is in line with our vision of helping our customers and partners experience The Perfect Trip,” said Tim MacDonald, executive vice president of Travel at Concur. “Our data shows half of business trips are booked less than two weeks out, which fuels the need for on-demand travel apps. By partnering with companies like Lyft and HotelTonight, we’re advancing our commitment to innovation and extending the instantaneous benefits of on-demand services to business travelers, all while making that spend visible to travel managers wherever it happens.”
A 2015 survey of travel managers found that more than 50 percent say the booming on-demand and sharing economies are a top trend impacting travel programs.1 Supporting this observation, Concur saw a 7x increase in amount of spend by Concur customers expensing Lyft.2 Also, data from HotelTonight shows that more than 40 percent of people who book with the app have used it for business travel.
"Business travelers flock to anything that makes their lives easier, which is why Lyft's affordable rides within minutes have quickly become a go-to ground transportation option for many companies," said Amit Patel, director of enterprise at Lyft. “By partnering with Concur we are giving business travelers who choose Lyft even more convenience and efficiency."
“Our business is built to meet the needs of the last-minute traveler,” said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO, HotelTonight. “Integration with Concur will further our ability to serve this audience and provide our business customers a streamlined booking and reporting experience, the process of finding a hotel from seven days out up to the eleventh hour.”
Concur customers can access the HotelTonight app today in the Concur App Center.
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Concur, a part of SAP, imagines the way the world should work, offering cloud-based services that make it simple to manage travel and expenses. By connecting data, applications and people, Concur delivers an effortless experience and total transparency into spending wherever and whenever it happens. Concur services adapt to individual employee preferences and scale to meet the needs of companies from small to large so they can focus on what matters most. Learn more at www.concur.com or the Concur blog.
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1Source: Carlson Wagonlit
2 Based on Concur data from January – May of 2014 and 2015