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Serko & Xero officially launch travel booking app for small businesses

26 Jul 16

Serko and Xero officially launched their joint small business travel app, yesterday. The companies hope to improve the way small business book and manage company travel, saying the application will 'level the playing field', giving small businesses opportunities that were generally only available to large organisations.

The partnership will save business 'hundreds of hours' in administration time, cost compliance and will also provide significant cost savings, through policy compliance and travel management, Serko says.

“ brings together all of the key travel suppliers in the region, from Air New Zealand and Qantas to and Wotif, and allows users to book everything in one place, at the same time, without having to pay any service fees. It’s a completely new way for businesses to manage business travel that will help businesses save money, particularly those that use Xero," explains Darrin Grafton, Serko CEO.

In addition, Xero managing director Anna Curzon says that the integration allows seamless bookings that can make reconciling credit card statements easier and faster.

The app takes a 'no service fee' approach and small businesses across the ANZ region that have up to 150 employees are able to use the app. Offline support from Flight Centre Business Travel, Helloworld for Business and Corporate Traveller, allowing companies to gain expert advice on-demand and only when needed.

Cloud communications firm Conversant has already started using the app, with managing director Cameron Beattie commenting on its speed and functionality.

"We trialled and it is fantastic. I signed up and had made my first booking in a couple of minutes. The real benefit to us is having everything in one place. We now officially have a travel policy and it’s saved us so much time. To be honest, I can’t believe no one’s thought to do this before. It just makes so much sense," Beattie says.

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