New Rakuten Travel and Concur Partnership Improves Hotel Booking Options for
Japanese Business Travelers
TOKYO and BELLEVUE, Washington, Sept. 17, 2013
- Japanese hotel reservation service integrates with Concur's new Japanese
Travel Solution to provide service that helps manage spend through increased
efficiency and transparency
TOKYO and BELLEVUE, Washington, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rakuten Travel,
Inc., a subsidiary of Rakuten Inc. (4755: Tokyo), one of the world's largest
internet services companies and Concur Technologies, Inc, (Nasdaq: CNQR), a
leading global provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions,
today announced a new partnership that will provide Concur Travel users
worldwide access to make reservations from suppliers offered by Rakuten
Travel's hotel reservation service. The combination of Rakuten Travel's
inventory (one of Japan's largest Internet hotel reservation sites) with
Concur Travel (the cloud-based travel booking tool) provides a solution that
enhances convenience for business travelers and gives their companies the
ability to better visualize corporate costs.
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Concur Travel is now available to the Japanese market as of today, while the
integration with Rakuten Travel is expected to be available later this year.
Concur will make this additional travel booking content available to both its
Japanese based clients as well as its worldwide client base.
By integrating with Concur's advanced solutions, Rakuten Travel expects to
increase the number of reservations made by corporate clients as well as
capture the demand for hotel stays in Japan from more than 18 thousand
companies and 20 million overseas users worldwide.
Overview of Concur Travel for Japanese Market The Japanese configuration of
Concur Travel provides corporations within Japan or with employees travelling
within Japan, the ability to book airline tickets and hotel reservations that
comply with their companies' policies on-line. Reservations and other
itinerary information is also automatically integrated with Concur clients
using the Japanese configuration of Concur Expense. Concur Expense supports IC
Card integration with Suica and Pasmo cards (introduced in February 2012). The
integration of Concur Travel & Expense provides companies with visibility into
their T&E spending to enable smart spending decisions and effective budget
Other features and functions of Concur Travel include:
*The ability to streamline corporate travel booking while automatically
enforcing travel policies and providing visibility to non-compliance.
*Search and book relevant in-policy travel from multiple Global
Distribution Systems (GDS), with support of negotiated corporate discounts
for both domestic and international travel.
*Access to Japanese domestic hotel reservation services with integration of
Rakuten Travel providing employees with the broadest choice of hotel
content based on their companies travel policy, all within one on-line
*Access Concur Travel & Expense through smartphone and tablet devices. This
enables business travellers and managers to book travel, capture expenses,
submit expenses and approve claims while on the go.
About Concur Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense
management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur's easy-to-use
web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control
costs and save time. In support of the mission to fuel The Perfect Trip™,
Concur delivers continuous innovation through The Concur® T&E Cloud, the open
platform that enables the entire ecosystem to build upon and extend
applications, content and T&E data aggregated through Concur; and Concur® Big
Data, which leverages the industry's most comprehensive source of T&E data to
provide enhanced value in accordance with their travel policies. The Concur
Perfect Trip Fund invests in leading edge innovative travel technology
companies and is awarding $100,000 in innovation awards at its first annual
Developer Conference on October 2, 2013. Apply here or learn more at
http://www.concur.com or the Concur blog.
About Rakuten Travel Rakuten Travel is one of the Japan's largest Online
Travel Agency and a member of the Rakuten Group. Launched in 2001 and
established as a subsidiary in 2002, Rakuten Travel shares a customer base
with Rakuten Ichiba, the largest online shopping mall in Japan. In the spirit
of Rakuten's empowerment model, Rakuten Travel provides the platform to
support accommodation providers in today's global market. In the past ten
years, Rakuten Travel has established offices in 12 countries and 20 cities.
Contact: Taku Kakino, Concur Japan, Ltd., Director, Marketing, TELï¼š+81
80-5440-6023, firstname.lastname@example.org, Shin Munakata, Rakuten Travel Inc., PR
Group, TELï¼š+81 50 5817 1665, email@example.com
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