WORKTRIPPER: Travel and Work Smart
Around 800 000 South Africans travel domestically each year, and over half of the trips are for business.
Low-cost airlines continue to cater for the cost-conscious business traveller while the Gautrain and Uber make getting around far more time-effective than renting a car.
The accommodation sector has been slower to adapt says Claire Butterfield, Marketing Manager of South Africa’s first business-ready accommodation booking platform, WorkTripper.co.za. Recently launched online, it’s part of the TravelGround Group, which includes popular leisure travel sites TravelGround.com and LekkeSlaap.co.za.
“Business doesn’t stop when you’re out of office. The digital pace has picked-up and competition is more aggressive. There’s little time for chilling out and once checked-in to a hotel or guest house catching up on emails after a day at a conference, working late into the night on a pitch or WeTransferring a proposal for the next day’s presentation are the norm. If the Wi-Fi is non-existent, or there aren’t enough two-pronged plugs to charge mobile devices, it can turn an otherwise happy stay into a headache, and impact productivity and performance,” says Butterfield.
Built for business, WorkTripper helps travellers find and book accommodation that offers flexible cancellation policies and negotiated rates of up to 40% less exclusively for business travellers. Users are also rewarded in TripCoins and earn 5% back on every booking made.
Its 12, 000 establishments – located everywhere from Pretoria to Pofadder – are also given a WorkSmart accreditation rating if they have Wi-Fi, secure parking, offer breakfast, are of a high quality and are serviced daily.
“At a glance this helps users know which of our establishments offer what without having to waste time searching for its features,” says Butterfield.
Guests are encouraged to review their stay so that others can benefit from their experience and know what to expect before checking-in. Establishments with a WorkSmart rating and positive user feedback are automatically recommended as the best places to book for a traveller’s trip.
And if an establishment a customer wants is already booked, then WorkTripper suggests the next best alternatives based on their preferences and search criteria. “WorkTripper aims to find the most suitable business accommodation for you, based on your personal profile and what you are searching for.”
While the online platform works everywhere users are connected, Friendly WorkTripper assistants are available via email and on the phone until midnight 365 days a year. Responses are fast. “We know that sometimes flights get delayed and traffic comes to a stand-still so we have a real person on call to help users check-in after hours, on weekends and public holidays if they have a problem, instead of directing them to fill in a form which we’ll respond to later,” says Butterfield.
The platform is free to use and requires no contracts, subscriptions or minimum booking requirements. Visit www.worktripper.co.za and follow @WorkTripper.
SPECIAL OFFER: sign up to Worktripper and get a R500 voucher for your next stay: (https://www.worktripper.co.