CWT to upgrade customer experience with Concur Travel

CWT | May 29, 2020

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has announced expanded integration with Concur Travel, the leading brand for expense, invoice, and travel management solutions. CWT clients using Concur Travel can now select RoomIt by CWT, its hotel distribution division, as their exclusive source of hotel content. Launching in late May 2020, with a phased roll-out through the end of the year, CWT clients using Concur Travel can have all hotel content from RoomIt. As and when clients begin to look to their future travel plans, they will be able to access even more savings as well as additional reporting capabilities.

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