Travel.co.nz launches aggressive corporate offering

Online travel agency travel.co.nz is promising to 'infuriate' its competition with its new corporate travel service, 'connect'.

Online travel agency travel.co.nz is promising to "infuriate" its competition with its new corporate travel service, 'connect'.

The two month-old venture has had a big week, seeing not only the launch of its own corporate product, but that of NZoom travel, for which it provides the bookings engine.

The agency's business-to-business development manager Dries Magnus said this week at the launch of connect that the corporate travel business in New Zealand was "complacent and in need of a radical shake-up - connect will enable us to continue to drive the price of travel down yet deliver a level of service difficult to match."

The company is targeting online procurement services with its new corporate offering. Managing director Greg Southcombe said last year that travel.co.nz would be partnering with the the Norcross Group's e://volution portal, but the alliance has yet to be confirmed and travel.co.nz may be weighing up the merits of business portals to be launched by SupplyNet and esolutions. Travel.co.nz already has an affiliate relationship with SupplyNet participant FlyingPig.co.nz.

Magnus promised business customers "tangible savings and zero fees for online transactions" from the new offering, which is based on the procurement service run by parent company travel.com.au. The system will provide real-time expense and non-compliance reporting.

Southcombe says the travel.co.nz site has been a success already , achieving "targets in the first two months that we didn't expect until considerably later."

Meanwhile, NZoom has unveiled a travel site produced by travel agent Chris Phillips. Booking services come from travel.co.nz. AA Guides has provided local information, including an on-line accommodation directory with photographs and independent quality grades. Jason’s provides travel and accommodation information for Australia and the South Pacific.

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