Conferma, the expert in travel and expense reconciliation and settlement technology, announced today that leading international travel management company, ATPI, has signed a global contract to use its hotel booking settlement and reconciliation technology.
ATPI, which already uses Conferma in the UK, will roll out its technology initially in The Netherlands followed by the Nordics and other European markets.
Conferma’s Hotel Booker is a supplier-independent, intuitive online hotel booking platform, enabling ATPI and its corporate clients to benefit from increased adherence to its clients corporate policy and improved speed and search functionality. It displays in a single portal GDS, non-GDS, low-cost and direct connect wholesale internet rates for over 150,000 hotels globally.
Hotel Booker, which will be used by ATPI travel consultants, seamlessly integrates to the PNR and agency back-office system avoiding the need for duplication or re-keying of information. Expensive manual processes like fax, telephone and email are also replaced by automated confirmations.
ATPI will also be able to offer Conferma’s settlement and reconciliation technology through its international offices. At the time of making a booking Conferma, in conjunction with its payment partners, creates a virtual card number which TMCs can use to pay and settle hotel transactions. In addition, Conferma provides accurate and powerful matching data which includes booking, itinerary and payment data which provides a full audit trail right down to specific fields such as client cost centres.
Adam Knights, Group Sales Director, ATPI commented: “Conferma’s booking and settlement technology will give us a complete audit trail which should eliminate billing disputes and streamline the often labour intensive hotel bill-back process. This will free up our staff to focus on other potentially more innovative areas of customer service.”
Simon Barker, Conferma’s CEO, added: “We are delighted to have signed this global agreement with ATPI. Using our settlement offering TMCs have the opportunity to settle client transaction using either Mastercard, Visa or American Express, which removes their own credit exposure and dramatically reduces their financial risk”.
Last month Conferma announced that it had expanded its portfolio to offer corporates and their TMCs the ability to book, reconcile and settle low cost carrier transactions.