Serko, a leader in online travel booking for business announced that is working to connect its travel solutions to Xero, in an attempt to grant small businesses worldwide access to cloud-based travel booking services.
Under the terms of the agreement, Serko’s new online booking service, serko.travel, specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses, will connect to Xero’s customer base of more than 425,000 subscribers in Australia and New Zealand.
The new service is slated for a mid-2016 launch, and will be targeted primarily towards Xero customers.
Darrin Grafton, Serko chief executive officer said: “Historically Serko has targeted the large business market; however we’ve developed the technology over the last year to allow it to be used by smaller businesses that have a similar set of challenges to corporates, but far fewer resources.
“This is an important and exciting opportunity for us and we’re very pleased to be partnering with Xero. By engaging with Xero’s large customer base and ecosystem of accountants and bookkeepers, we believe we can improve a multi-billion dollar market. It’s innovative and long overdue.”
Commenting on the partnership, Rod Drury, Xero CEO stated: “Travel can be a significant cost to a business and processes around travel can be a source of frustration. Our team is excited to work with Serko on this opportunity to re-wire how small businesses manage travel, providing small businesses with capabilities usually only available to enterprise.”