26 August 2004
Purchasers wanting to manage the procurement of rail tickets are the target of an online service developed by travel agency Harry Weeks.
Travelpack On-Line aims to bring the process in line with airline bookings and reduce off-contract spend with a flexible service that offers ticket printing, and greater control over fares and payment options.
The service is aimed at all sizes of business and based on Travelpack, a manual designed by Harry Weeks currently in use among its 397 corporate travel clients across the UK.
Managers can set controls to offer cheapest fares, or set levels for different users. They can also download reports, pay by lodged card with which a credit limit can be set, purchasing cards or by direct debit.
Jonathan Reeve, commercial director of Harry Weeks, said the service would provide competition for the merged Trainline and Q Jump, but tailored to the corporate travel buyer's needs.
"The business travel rail market is undergoing profound changes, and by bringing forward a system designed from the ground up with the corporate buyer in mind, we aim both to consolidate and expand our market share of this important sector," he said.
"As well as offering a stand-alone product, we plan to offer the service as part of our overall business travel services from our website, which can also embrace the online booking of airline and other travel services."