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Locomote cracks the Japan market with travel solution

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Australian travel technology company Locomote has inked a deal with Japan Airlines’ global distribution system AXESS to roll out a new business travel management solution in Japan.

Designed and powered by Locomote, the new corporate travel management platform, AXESS BTM, will be available exclusively to AXESS-connected travel agents and aims to make the multi billion dollar Japan business travel industry more efficient and smarter.

Travelport, the global travel commerce platform, providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel industry, first signed a strategic partnership with AXESS in April 2012, and the company has now invited Locomote to participate in the partnership to design the new business travel management solution.

Using AXESS BTM corporates and travel agents will have complete control and visibility of employees’ travel on any device, anywhere in the world, and companies will have access to all the information they need when planning business trips, including bookings, authorisations, health and document requirements and requests.

Director of AXESS, Yasushi Kubo, said, “We understand the Japanese business travel industry and what is needed to ensure that the corporate travel process is seamless.

“Locomote’s technology platform is intuitive and addresses every aspect involved in organising business trips. The team has developed a customisable technology solution that simplifies and enhances corporate travel booking. Together, we’re able to offer a complete management solution for Japanese agents and travellers.

“We are excited to announce the delivery of our bespoke corporate tech tool, ensuring Japan has the very best platform to automate business travel.”

Locomote CEO and Executive Chairman Philip Weinman, said, “Working together with AXESS and Travelport to launch a management solution for Japan’s corporate travel represents a great milestone for us.

“We’ve had an amazing year in Australia signing some of the largest companies in the country, and now we’re looking at the international business travel industry, starting with Japan.”

Weinman said the partnership with AXESS comes off the back of 12 months of solid growth for Locomote, and after signing a strategic agreement with Expensify, and signing custumers such as ANZ, Medibank, Allen & Overy, and World Vision.

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