ASX-listed 8common has joined forces with travel disruptors TRAVLR to develop a new business leisure platform to address the growing “Bleisure” (business and leisure) travel opportunity.

Known as Benefits8, the new employee benefits platform will leverage 8common’s existing Expense8 business unit.

The Expense8 platform is a travel and expense management application already used by some of Australia’s largest corporations including Woolworths, Amcor and Government agencies

The concept of combining business and leisure travel has been identified as a “significant priority” by travel industry experts.

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In fact, a recent survey by Hilton Hotels & Resorts found nearly 70% of respondents had a desire to extend their work trips for leisure purposes..

Executive Chairman of 8Common, Nic Lim says he’s proud to see such an exciting and innovative partnership get off the ground.

“With this powerful alliance, 8common aims offer a seamless ecosystem that keeps the lines clear between business and leisure travel,” he said.

Gordy Bayne, Global Commercial Director at TRAVLR.

“Benefits8 customers will have access to an enhanced travel booking experience through TRAVLR featuring an industry-leading network of flights, hotels & resorts,” he said.

“Agoda homes inventory, cruising, as well as more than 200,000+ experiences and activities from across the globe,” he said.

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