Capita Travel and Events celebrates 2019 tech releases

Buying Business Travel | January 13, 2020

Capita Travel and Events said its clients and their travellers are benefitting from easy bookings, enhanced wellbeing and cost savings as a result of 93 pieces of new technology released in 2019. According to the TMC, the technology was built by an in-house team and comprises 251 new product features and five new products. One new solution is the iris suite, which features communications to influence booking behaviours; the iris:go mobile app providing travellers access to their accommodation, air and rail booking information; the iris:smart itinerary consolidating travellers’ bookings with calendar invites; iris:intelligent tracking providing companies with 24/7 access to their travellers’ locations during their business trips with real-time communication for enhanced duty of care; and management information that enables 24/7 access to multiple booking type reports.

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Sustainability has risen to the top of the CEO agenda and leaders across industries are stepping up action.1 In travel, many companies are already in the process of setting ambitious sustainability goalsand developing corresponding strategies, including
the transition to net zero. 2 However, to achieve these goals and transition to a more sustainable future, travel and tourism (T&T) companies mustsuccessfully develop products that enable more sustainable travel choices.

Spotlight

Sustainability has risen to the top of the CEO agenda and leaders across industries are stepping up action.1 In travel, many companies are already in the process of setting ambitious sustainability goalsand developing corresponding strategies, including
the transition to net zero. 2 However, to achieve these goals and transition to a more sustainable future, travel and tourism (T&T) companies mustsuccessfully develop products that enable more sustainable travel choices.

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