Corporate travel technology creator KDS has found itself a new home, thanks to a deal to be acquired by American Express Global Business Travel.
The Paris, France-based company, best known for its Neo platform, becomes part of the Amex empire following the buy-out announced this week.
Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
Amex says the purchase is part of a wider programme to broaden its online and digital services, all of which will work alongside its existing technology platform for corporates.
KDS's Neo service was first talked about in 2012 and released the following year, mainly as a door-to-door travel search and booking platform for travel managers.
The most recent version of Neo includes a mobile component, offline booking, group ticketing and integration into a company's reporting platform.
KDS CEO Dean Forbes says:
"Our focus is on driving adoption to deliver savings, productivity gains and spend control for businesses of all sizes.
"We look forward to leveraging the support and assets that GBT will provide us to better serve GBT customers, whilst also continuing to serve our existing customers and partners with great products and services."
Amex expects the acquisition to be completed by the end of 2016.
The company says it will continue to "work with and support" other online booking tools in the marketplace.
KDS is known to have caught the eye of a number of suitors in recent years, including at least one of the global distribution systems and a competitor TMC to Amex.
Amex GBT chief commercial and technology officer, Philippe Chereque, says:
"We are bringing together an industry-leading online solution and travel management company to create the first seamless end-to-end experience centred on the modern business traveller.
"This will also enable us to provide GBT customers with a proprietary door-to-door online booking tool (OBT) supported by our new technology infrastructure."