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December 5, 2017

Americas: Expedia Rolls Out Meetings Booking Engine

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Online travel booking company Expedia has jumped into the events booking arena and claims faster turnaround times for small-to-medium meetings. The company rolled out a white-label back-end meetings and events booking engine in Germany, and says that initial tests show a decrease in average RPF response times from five hours to 14 minutes from initial request to the quote being sent. Select hotels in the U.S. will soon be offering the tool, part of the company’s Expedia Powered Technology toolkit.

The labor-intensive manual process through which most smaller meetings and events are often currently booked is ripe for disruption, according to a statement from Expedia. And, since meetings of fewer than 25 people make up the bulk of the events held, those smaller meetings represent a hefty chunk of the 40 percent of business travel attributed to the meetings, incentive, convention, and exposition industry. 

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