Australian corporate travel start-up Locomote has launched an international expansion and changed its name in the process.
The firm, now named Travelport Locomote after billion-dollar giant Travelport took a majority stake late last year, will open a London office in coming months.
Chief executive Sandra McLeod, who took the top job in January, told The Australian she picked Britain as it was a mature market with complex travel needs.
“Our parent company Travelport is based in the UK and our colleagues there have a wealth of expertise and insight into the nuances of the UK corporate space,” she said. “The UK is our first step into the global market, and from a location perspective it’s a great window to the US, which is also highly mature in corporate travel.”
The company’s pitch is it offices a platform for corporates to manage every aspect of their business travel from any device, anywhere in the world.
The start-up, founded by cousins David and Ross Fastuca, Clive Sher, serial entrepreneur Philip Weinman and his son Dean, has in the past year lined up partnerships with Allianz, Japan Airlines, Regus and Expensify. Ms McLeod said the team had done the groundwork to kickstart its next phase of growth.
She said the corporate travel industry was changing rapidly, driven by a shift in travellers’ expectations as well as a demand for technology-driven efficiencies. Ms McLeod said the company’s focus remained the same despite the Travelport acquisition. “We have continued to deliver the best solution for companies.”
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