Member News: Direct Travel Partners with SpotHero for Business to Become First TMC to Offer Mobile Corporate Parking Management
February 8, 2018
Direct Travel, Inc., a top travel management company in North America, today announced that it has partnered with SpotHero for Business, North America’s leading business parking reservation platform and the first mobile solution to help corporate travelers find and book parking on the go. The partnership will increase the value of Direct Travel’s offerings to clients, by helping them manage an estimated $3 billion in work-related parking spend and maximizing corporate travel program budgets with an easy-to-use mobile solution.
Using SpotHero for Business, business travelers can find and reserve parking in close proximity to hotels, airports, downtown offices and client sites, all from their mobile device. Digital receipts are then automatically forwarded to preferred expense reimbursement platforms, such as Concur, streamlining the overall corporate travel experience. Just as business travelers are able to shop for hotels and airfare to find the best rates, they can now find and book parking ahead of time using SpotHero for Business. With urban drivers spending twenty minutes on average searching for a parking spot, the SpotHero for Business solution also ensures significant time savings.
“Until recently, employees have managed parking expenses through very manual processes, leading to macro inefficiencies in corporate travel programs,” said Becca Rabinowitz, head of SpotHero for Business. “We are thrilled to partner with Direct Travel in order to give travel managers an easy way to improve both the accuracy of reports and their own visibility into this often overlooked yet significant category of spend.”
“We work with our top clients and prospects to survey the entire scope of their travel program and go beyond the obvious travel savings opportunities,” said Ronda Shipley, SVP Business Development & Strategies at Direct Travel. “As the first TMC to partner with SpotHero for Business, we are excited to offer our clients cutting-edge technology to ensure efficiencies beyond traditional verticals.”
SpotHero, North America’s leading parking reservation service, empowers drivers to find and book parking at thousands of garages, lots, and valets across the US and Canada. Launched in 2011, SpotHero is headquartered in Chicago and has secured $57.5 million in funding. To learn more, visit www.spothero.com.
About Direct Travel
Direct Travel, Inc. is a leading provider of corporate travel management services. The company has been providing travel management services for over 40 years, working with clients to develop highly customized travel programs. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and innovative solutions, Direct Travel enables clients to derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of superior service, progressive technologies and significant cost savings. Direct Travel has offices in over 60 locations across North America and the UK, and is currently ranked 15th on the Travel Weekly Power List. Direct Travel is also a prominent member of Virtuoso, the world’s most prestigious luxury travel network. For more information about Direct Travel, please visit www.dt.com.
Additionally, Direct Travel offers full-service performance improvement solutions, including meeting and event management, group incentive travel and individual recognition solutions through its wholly owned subsidiary Creative Group, Inc. For more information, please visit www.creativegroupinc.com.