Sydney, Australia. February 11th, 2014 - Serko, the Australasian leader in online travel booking and expense management for business, today announced the launch of a new Mass Booking Module for Serko Online, its online booking tool (OBT) that dramatically reduces the time, cost and complexity involved in managing fly-in fly-out (FIFO) rosters.
The new module gives travel administrators the ability to book an unlimited number of flights simultaneously, directly from their desktops using Serko Online flight booking functionality. By eliminating the need to manually process bookings one by one, which is an expensive and labour-intensive process, organisations can reduce transaction costs, minimise admin overheads and simplify FIFO roster management.
Darrin Grafton, Serko’s Chief Executive Officer said “In today’s world administrators responsible for moving groups of people to and from site have to book flights and accommodation on a person-by-person basis because none of the existing tools support the functionality to book en-masse. Our new Serko Online module is proven to save Serko customers who operate a FIFO workforce significant amounts of time, money and pain.”
He continued “Of course mass booking isn’t just limited to the energy and resource sectors, there are a number of other industries including ‘MICE’ (Meetings Incentives, Conferences and Events) and the media and entertainment industry that we see benefiting from this new functionality.”
In a recent real-world study, a large Australian company that delivers support services to the energy and resource sectors was able to reduce the administration overhead associated with their 21/7/ 300 person rotational roster by more than 70 hours a month, which eliminated the need for a full time travel administrator (equating to a 5000 per cent improvement in productivity) and saved the organisation more than $50,000 per year in TMC transaction fees.
The Serko Online Mass Booking Module is available to Serko Online customers immediately.
Serko Online is Australasia’s leading online travel booking and expense management company for businesses. With its HQ in Auckland New Zealand, and with offices in Sydney Australia, Xi’an City China and Gurgaon, India, Serko Online employs more than 80 people world-wide.
Serko Online is an online booking tool (OBT) used by travel administrators and business travellers to book flights, accommodation and car hire from the broadest possible set of travel providers. The tool guarantees that travel bookings comply with corporate travel management policy without limiting the users' choice of travel provider.
Serko is part of the Mundi Global Alliance that provides corporations with the ability to book air travel, car hire and hotels anywhere in the world. Working with the best-in-class local providers in the USA and Europe Mundi is the only true ‘glocal’ travel provider for multi-national organizations.
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For more information contact:
Natasha Gillooly, Porter Novelli for Serko, +64 21 915 297