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THE BUSINESS TRAVEL MAGAZINE I 39 The Review ➔ Portman pushes planning tool THE LOWDOWN



• OPTEVA has launched a new service called OTTO (Opteva Travel Technology Optimisation), a service to take ownership and manage the success of online travel programmes, from programme strategy to on the ground operational management. The service includes fully independent dynamic management of online travel technology to ensure the best user experience while delivering the maximum return on investment.


TRAVEL management company Portman Travel

has launched the Portman Trip Planner, a fully mobile bespoke itinerary tool that works across any mobile device or platform with an internet connection. Powered by the technology of software partner, Truvle, it has been in operation in the US for more than a year and was launched in Europe at June's Business Travel Market at London’s ExCel exhibition centre. The Planner empowers travellers

by saving time and giving them access to key information whenever and wherever they need it. Unlike existing itinerary tools, PTP is an interactive email solution that accompanies a

personalised website offering travellers seamless access to all of their travel details. The Portman Trip Planner system is a real-time system allowing a business traveller to keep track of flights, hotel and restaurant reservations as well as meetings and any other pre- booked events. SMS alerts and airline check-in capabilities assist planning on the move. As well as mobile versions and smart phone alerts, print versions and trip summaries are provided to allow information to be acce- ssed using different channels. According to Portman’s chief commercial officer, Adrian Parkes, this is the first planner of its type in the marketplace. “The use of

this technology really sets Portman Travel apart from its competitors. No one else has this in the UK and I believe it will be very popular as it’s rolled out over the next three months. “The Planner will be branded

for each of our customers. It will have every bit of normal itinerary detail plus everything else about the destination.” This will include weather forecasts, events, restaurants, attractions, maps and currency exchange rates, as well as full details about flights, hotels and car hire. Restaurant information, for example, will be provided by Open Table and Portman Trip Planner users will be able to make direct bookings online.

• CWT launched a new report from its Paris-based Travel Management Institute at BTM, this time extolling the benefits, among other services, of online booking tools. The report highlights the significantly lower transaction costs for online bookings – typically half the cost of manual offline bookings – and a reduction in average air ticket price by seven per cent. Other benefits include improved compliance with the travel policy and efficient booking processes. But the report also lays out several caveats to success, namely a tailored strategy and thorough implementation plan, adding that the macro-economic context and organisational culture can also influence online adoption. The report, called Business Traveller Services; Finding the right fit, also highlights the priorities of travel managers for 2011, collated from a survey of CWT clients. Their top four concerns are improving traveller compliance; optimising online adoption; driving air and ground transportation savings; and optimising hotel spend. The report also aims to help companies with questions such as finding the right balance between offline and online, finding the most relevant service configuration, finding the services and features that add real value and managing expenses.

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