Business Village, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, along with its five partners, announced the launch of an online travel agency aimed at small businesses.
The service will be incorporated into the www.business-village.fr
portal`s new offer.
Business Village has joined forces with four strategic partners and one preferred supplier to offer very small/small businesses and professionals an exclusive “professional” travel service, based on the advantages currently enjoyed by large corporations.
In 2000, business trips represented a cost of EUR26 billion in France, with major corporations accounting for EUR18 billion and small businesses, EUR8 billion. To date, travel is the No.1 purchase item on the Internet, with 47% of transactions carried out online in France. The positioning of Business Village on the segment of small businesses is therefore a highly strategic one.
Business Village`s offer is unique in France and enjoys the support of five major partners: Amadeus
(world leader in travel technologies), Europebyair
(international specialist in e-tourism leisure & business), Europcar
(a world leader in car rental), Rosenbluth International (world leader in corporate travel management services) and the preferred supplier Utell
(world No. 1 hotel central reservations unit).
The service, Business Village Voyages Pro, gives small businesses access to 500 air companies, 51,000 hotels and 48 car rental companies while offering prices negotiated with its strategic partners Europebyair, Rosenbluth, Europcar and the preferred supplier Utell.
This means that member companies of Business Village (through a subscription of EUR40 (excl. tax)/month) benefit from the offer set up by the buyer teams at Business Village, BNP Paribas and Europebyair, by ordering online plane tickets, hotel reservations and/or short-term car rental, 24 hrs/day, seven days/week.
The reservations engine specially developed for Business Village is adapted to companies` needs and offers a complete range of travel services, enabling small businesses to benefit from the best prices on the market.