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Now colleagues can see who's in, who's out, and who's travel plans overlap
TripIt, the travel organization service that was acquired by Concur in January for $120 million, on Tuesday announced its latest feature: the Company Calendar. As one might expect, TripIt’s Company Calendar is a calendar that displays employees’ business trip itineraries so that others in the office can see who’s in the office and who’s out.
"A company travel calendar is one of the most requested features we've received from our business users," said Scott Hintz, co-founder and VP of Business Development for TripIt, in a statement. "With this launch, we're bringing the familiar and super-useful in/out board into the 21st century. Now employees have one place where they can quickly view colleagues' travel schedules, eliminating the need to cut and paste travel plans elsewhere."
The calendar offers the obvious bonus of allowing employees in the office see when their colleagues will be gone and when they’ll be back. With a month-at-a-glance viewing option, employees can schedule meetings, conferences, projects, and more around those employees’ business trips.
But the calendar offers the added benefit of allowing fellow traveling employees to see where there might be overlap, which could present an opportunity for ride-sharing or coordination of client meetings and activities. While dates and locations are displayed on the calendar, more sensitive itinerary details remain private.
The calendar is the latest business-friendly feature to emerge from the company after being acquired by Concur, a travel management service for businesses. The calendar is available under the “Business” tab and can be accessed by any employee whose company uses TripIt for Business, which starts at $29 a month, or any member of TripIt Groups, the free service for businesses who want to organize their travel dates with TripIt. More than 25,000 companies use TripIt Groups.
TripIt is a one-stop travel organization service that allows users to keep track of their travel plans by forwarding their itineraries and confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt then integrates all of those plans into a single itinerary that can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.
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TripIt, the trip management company, helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where they book. Travelers simply forward their travel confirmation emails from over 1,000 sites to email@example.com. TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus weather, maps, restaurants and more.
With TripIt it’s easy to share and collaborate on trips with friends and colleagues in social networks. TripIt itineraries can be accessed via online, mobile device, free Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps, personal calendars and social networking sites including the free LinkedIn travel app.
TripIt is an open itinerary platform that works with a growing eco-system of travel and mobile partners. The new TripIt Pro premium service for frequent travelers automatically monitors travel itineraries, providing mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent traveler point tracking and automated trip sharing.
TripIt was founded in San Francisco in October 2006 and launched in September 2007. The company has raised $13.1 million from investors that include O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and Azure Capital Partners. The TripIt co-founders are an experienced team of travel and technology executives:
Gregg Brockway, President – Former president of Classic Vacations (an Expedia company), and co-founder and chief product officer at Hotwire
Scott Hintz, VP Business Development– Former senior vice president of product at Hotwire, and strategy consultant at Accenture.
Andrew Denmark, VP Engineering – Former engineering director at Opsware, and chief technology officer at CityRealty.com.
At the heart of TripIt is the Itinerator, which automatically creates structured trip itineraries from the unstructured data in travel confirmation emails. It also aggregates related data from other websites to provide useful travel information, like weather, maps and directions. The Itinerator is an open technology platform that works with all major travel websites and all major email systems. TripIt's goal is to provide one place for all travel information, accessible whenever travelers need it.
TripIt has also been architected for social networking and includes many options for trip sharing and collaboration. Travelers can share trips with people inside and outside their TripIt Network, and post plans on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Closeness alerts tell travleers when their trips overlap with other people in their TripIt network. TripIt Company Groups tracks and shares the dates and locations of employee business travel, and TripIt for Google Apps has Company Groups and a several Google gadgets to help organizations and individual travelers manage their business trips.
TripIt has an open API that powers My Travel on LinkedIn and TripIt for Facebook Connect. Additionally, hundreds of developers use the API to intergrate TripIt with their web services and mobile apps.