28 January, 2008 – Manchester's Packnet launches innovative service for business travellers
In response to news that the number of global business trips is set to grow 22% by 2015, Manchester's Packnet Ltd has created a new on-line service which aims to help businesses improve their travel planning and reduce the environmental impact of excessive business travel.
www.whosintown.net is the joint brainchild of Packnet Ltd’s Commercial Director Andrew Montgomery together with Holiday Taxis’ Paul Stanyer and business associate David Henderson.
The service will allow organisations, SMEs and individuals to share travel plans in order to get greater value out of every business trip made and therefore to reduce the number of journeys made each year.
Commenting on the new service Paul Stanyer said: "Every day thousands of people are travelling around the globe for just one appointment or to attend a conference. www.whosintown.net will enable people to announce their travel plans so that other parties can approach them and request a meeting while they are in town.
"Registering with the new service will enable users to create a bespoke list of contacts. An alert can then be sent to those contacts to advise them that the user will be in town on a given date."
The new service uses proven database technology alloyed to new intelligent software such as on-the-move SMS alerts. Users have the choice to pre-publicise their travel plans or to only make their presence visible once at the location.
According to the Barclaycard Business Travel Survey 2006 the number of global business trips is set to grow by 22% by 2015, by which time each business traveller will be clocking up an average of 712 miles per week.
The new service will reduce the amount of dead-time spent on business trips and will increase the number of face-to-face meetings possible in one journey.
It will also enable people to share social and accommodation plans at conferences and for organisations to publicise appropriate networking or business opportunities alongside major conferences and events.
Stanyer continues: "Business travellers often have lots of time to kill and can unwittingly be sharing the same planes, passing through the same airports and sitting in the same hotels with other people with whom they could be doing business.
"The service aims to help them to plan better and in doing so improve business performance, reduce travel costs, free up more time to spend at home with family and to reduce travellers’ carbon footprints."
Source: PackNet press release