COMPANY OVERVIEW: Travel Planet was founded in France in 2014 and launched in the UK in 2019, offering an all-inclusive style TMC solution. Proprietary technology platform ‘Click & Control’ is a modular marketplace, with limitless integration capabilities to maximise the ever-evolving travel distribution eco system. Travel Planet offers 24/7 offline cover, traveller tracking, approval process, SSO and a full data suite at no additional cost and offset for all clients’ CO₂ emissions for air, rail, hotel and car rental are included.
KEY FACTS: Founders: Betty Seroussi, Chairwoman, and co-founder Tristan Dessain-Gelinet, Chief Executive Officer
Launch date: France 2014, UK 2019
Geographic reach: Global UK Team lead by Robert Gilhooly
CREDENTIALS: The company has partnered with Climate Impact Partners for offsetting providing GOLD standard certification. Projects deliver climate and sustainable impacts for local communities in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and all projects have been through a robust due diligence process, which is based on International Banking KYC and AML (Anti Money Laundering) standards.
PROPRIETARY PROPOSITION: Click & Control, a proprietary platform available online and mobile, houses the entire suite of travel management solutions and presents carbon data at the point of sale, in addition Travel Planet pays for the carbon offsetting of its customers on their behalf.
TARGET MARKET: The company works with all customers across both the public and private sector. Whilst it has an online take up of over 85% it equally has an experienced offline team to support where required and offers 24/7 assistance at no additional charge.
COMMERCIAL MODEL: Travel Planet offers an all-inclusive transaction fee model with carbon offset built in and can offer hybrid commercial models as required.
BLACK BOX VERDICT: Travel Planet is an exciting addition to the TMC landscape, offering a slick online and mobile solution, detailing emissions data at the point of sale and as a relatively new technology-driven entrant to the market they are very flexible and agile and can develop bespoke solutions for their customers. I like the offer of in-built offsetting as standard, removing the need for businesses to include travel in their carbon reporting. The ‘all-inclusive’ style of this business makes it commercially attractive but is equally efficient to implement for businesses both large and small.
Reviewed by Paula Cullen, Black Box Partnerships