Expedia Corporate Travel Europe uses KDS for its online corporate travel services
"Expedia Corporate Travel aims to be the number 1 worldwide in the Corporate Travel market. Thus, we need to use number 1 technology partners to match our customers’ needs for high-quality robust online solutions. This is why we have renewed our trust in KDS and its technology, for our Europe corporate online booking solutions."
Jean Pierre Remy, President, Expedia Corporate Travel Europe.
Expedia, the online travel agency is
leading company for B2C and leisure online travel solutions,
and develops solutions for three major markets worldwide:
In order to provide a quicker time-to-market and best market-fit solution for Europe, the Expedia management team turned their sights on the key European online travel agencies, and ultimately selected Egencia, Europe’s leading largest independent online corporate travel agency.
Egencia's advanced technology in B2B online booking, its clear market positioning, its company culture so similar to Expedia's, and a high quality top management team, as well as their global travel management expertise were all musts in ECT's decision to buy Egencia. At end of Q1 2004, Egencia became Expedia Corporate Travel Europe.
For Egencia, this merge decision offers to its customers a long-term robust solution for online corporate travel with a worldwide leading recognized provider who aims to be number one.
Since 2000 and the creation of Egencia, KDS has been
its key technological partner, and Expedia Corporate
Travel Europe has renewed in 2004 its trust in KDS for
KDS proved again to be the number 1 and ECT decided to renew its trust in KDS for the coming years.
KDS leadership has been confirmed by
two parallel and independent studies, released by Topaz
in 2004, which
found KDS to be “Best air fare search engine” both
in North America and Europe.
The various & rich functionalities
of the KDS Solution (access to GDSs, web fares and
Web Links to LCC's, Direct
Links, etc.) and its fare search engine - the best in
ECT uses the powerful KDS Airfare Search Engine as the cornerstone of its technology solution, which combines various components either from Egencia’s own technological know-how or from ECT.
By the end of 2003, Egencia had more than 500 clients. Since, within ECT, the total has grown to more than 1500 clients in the US and 900 in Europe.
Between 2003 and 2004, ECT Europe doubled its corporate portfolio; that is the best proof of a successful merge strategy.
As J. P. Rémy testifies: “There was a mutual trust, a good connectivity among top management. Goals and strategy were aligned to succeed”.
From a technology standpoint, KDS:
KDS and ECT Europe, working together hand in hand, will
maintain technological lead on the market for offering
the best services to corporations.