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Egencia invests in smart customer service technology in Canada

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TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ -- Egencia®, the business travel company of the Expedia group (NASDAQ: EXPE), announces the launch of its Intelligent Service Platform™ (ISP).  The company's latest investment in customer service sees the infusion of technology to deliver a faster and more personalised experience.

Egencia has successfully brought the technology heritage, relentless focus on user experience and innovative spirit of its parent company Expedia, Inc. into the enterprise. In 2013, Egencia launched its new app, Egencia TripNavigator, which dramatically improves the in-trip experience for business travelers. The app provides step-by-step navigation and offers integrated access to Egencia Travel Consultants. Today, 10,000 companies worldwide partner with Egencia to drive travel compliance and cost savings.

"We want to keep pushing the boundaries for our customers, who are mobile business travellers with little time to waste," says Mark Hollyhead, Egencia's senior vice president, Americas.  "With this new technology enhancement, travellers get the service they need, when they need it. For example, when your flight is cancelled, one tap on your smartphone is all you need to have our travel consultants call you back with the status of your itinerary, ready with recommendations."

Faster, Personal, Smarter Service
Egencia will use contextual Interactive Voice Response (IVR) to match a caller's phone number and ID with the traveller's Egencia profile.  Egencia® Travel Consultants will automatically know who is calling and which itinerary they need assistance with.  During heavy call periods, the traveller may also request a call-back versus waiting on hold for a travel consultant.

After an initial introduction in the United States, the ISP roll-out was completed in Canada earlier this week. Nicole Hackett from the education and media company, Graham Holdings says, "With this new telephone greeting our travellers feel like the service has started before the travel consultant even picks up the phone. They immediately know who we are and what we need.  This saves precious time and keeps our travellers and travel arrangers happy."

Mobile Service at Your Fingertips
The mobile app Egencia® TripNavigator, first launched in November 2013, optimises the in-trip experience for users, providing step-by-step navigation, hotel booking and access to Egencia Travel Consultants. 

The app's "Callback" option under Egencia® AssistMe is now available to Canadian customers, giving business travellers access to agent-assistance via their mobile phone.  This feature was designed by Egencia developers to be seamlessly integrated with ISP, to provide the same fast, personalised service to travellers calling from the road.

About Egencia
Egencia is a leading full-service travel management company delivering innovative corporate travel solutions and expert local service to more than 10,000 clients in over 60 countries around the world. As part of the Expedia group, one of the world's largest travel companies, Egencia provides forward-looking companies with the ability to drive compliance and cost savings in their travel programmes, while meeting the needs and requirements of the modern business traveller. For more information, please visit www.egencia.ca or follow us on Twitter @Egencia.

© 2014 Egencia, LLC.  All rights reserved.  Egencia, Egencia TripNavigator, Egencia AssistMe and the Egencia logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Expedia group in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  CST # 2029030-50; CST # 2083922-50.

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SOURCE Egencia

Annie McElroy-Arnaud, PR Manager, Egencia, a.mcelroyarnaud@egencia.com, Office: +33 173 010 221, Mobile: +33 613 244 339Copyright CNW Group 2014

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