Disruptive technologies are invading all business areas, but no more visible than in the travel industry. Mergers and innovations are quickly being adopted not only by domestic travellers but increasingly within the corporate travel marketplace. The new brands of Uber and Airbnb, with valuations that are beginning to dwarf those of major companies and hotel chains, and have the potential to become truely global brands.
As corporate and business travel with Uber has increased, users were requesting that the ability to use a shareable business account. Uber responded by providing a new service for corporate and business taxi travel, “Uber for Business” travel management App. With support in 42 Countries and about 160 cities and still growing, the system has the potential for changing the way business travellers “jump the que”.
There are no reservations required with Uber, but if you’re heading to the airport and want to ensure a timely pickup, open the app 10-15 minutes before you normally would to get a sense of travel conditions in your city.
The early technology adopters such as Booking.com, Skyscanner, and Trivago, and in China Qunar and Ctrip are becoming household names. But with Uber now having a valuation of over $18 billion which is greater than Avis and Hertz. Uber just introduced a way for users to bill cars directly to their employers through Concur, which helps about 23,000 businesses with travel and expense management. Concur should help achieve this with its existing integration into the travel systems of corporate America.