Capita Travel and Events and Vibe strengthen strategic partnership
Capita Travel and Events, a UK specialist in travel, meetings and event management has announced that it is furthering its partnership with Vibe, a British owned independent travel technology company.
Capita Travel and Events and Vibe have been working together to integrate Vibe into its evolving iris travel technology platform for smarter business travel. By working with Vibe, Capita Travel and Events customers have access to Vibe’s seamless, reliable and efficient booking technology, which has been designed specifically for the travel industry. This partnership also addresses the growing issues surrounding third parties using a GDS to buy and sell air travel; Vibe has the ability to aggregate IATA’s NDC Standard, enabling Capita Travel and Events to customise its service offering to customers.
Commenting on the partnership, James Parkhouse, chief executive officer, Capita Travel and Events, said: “Working with Vibe as part of our maturing technology platform enables us to deliver a complete offering to the market. We can apply specialist travel features from Vibe’s booking technology to the corporate space, such as the ability to compare airline fare costs across multiple days. It’s features like this that will ensure our customers have access to the best price, while also reducing travel expenditure and, ultimately, travelling smarter.”
Capita Travel and Events says its customers will benefit from features including profile management API, distance-based searching, searching corporate office locations for hotels, multiple passenger searching, CO2 carbon footprint reporting, last seat availability, savings calculation and reporting, seat maps, branded fares and hotel chain searching.
“We are proud to be working with Capita Travel and Events, an organisation that shares the same ethos of improving the way business travellers buy and book travel.” Martin Eade (pictured), group e-commerce director at Vibe. “Our partnership will continue to provide organisations with a solution that will enhance the user experience, provide the best travel deals and reduce costs. They will also be safeguarded by the fact that it is backed by years of expertise in the travel industry.”
Paul Saggar, chief innovation officer, Capita Travel and Events, said: “We are increasingly seeing businesses mature in the travel solutions and services they are looking for – and usability is playing a critical role in their decision process. While our existing infrastructure had the majority of booking features we needed, there were some features that our customers could benefit from that only Vibe could provide. It offers our customers the aesthetics and user experience suited to the corporate market, without compromising on value. What’s more, Vibe rolls off the shelf easily and quickly.”