New Livebookings Professional service responds to the mobile revolution and helps restaurants keep availability open

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Front-of-house functionality in Livebookings' new Professional service helps restaurants to work ‘live’ and gain incremental business from diners on the move

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Hospitality businesses closing themselves off to online bookings hours before service will become a thing of the past, thanks to the new Professional service from Livebookings, the European leader in real-time reservations and online marketing services for restaurants.

With the knowledge that 12% of online restaurant bookings now come through mobile devices – a figure that is set to rise to 25% by the end of 2012 - Livebookings has developed a portfolio of services to help restaurants respond to changing customer behaviour. Restaurants can now relay table availability in real time to mobile and internet users, and stay open to last-minute covers. Livebookings Professional empowers restaurants to work ‘live’ with a suite of front-of-house functions, from quick addition of walk-ins to ‘drag & drop’ table plans.

Using these enhanced online and mobile reservation and marketing tools, restaurants will be able to maximise the opportunities available to them from the rise of on-the-go customers with smartphones.

“Mobile and online bookings are rising fast, so we’ve focussed on providing the technology to help restaurants make the most of that,” said Emma Harvey, Group Product Director at Livebookings UK. “The importance of working in real time has never been greater, and the new Professional package tackles that need head-on.”

About Livebookings

Livebookings makes restaurants and diners click. We operate the world’s only global, web-based restaurant reservations and marketing service, delivering over one million diners every month to over 9,000 restaurants including, Tantris, East, Grill and Aquavit. Our reservations tools enable restaurants to provide their diners with a free, easy-to-use online bookings service, to manage those reservations efficiently and to collect valuable customer data. Our marketing services ensure restaurants can run promotions and deals and execute online marketing campaigns to attract and retain their customers.

Our consumer restaurant reservations website, Bookatable.com, is Europe's fastest growing online restaurant booking website, operating in 9 different languages and across 19 countries. It supports our unparalleled network of 300 distribution partners, including lastminute.com, Salir.com and Eniro.se, to ensure we can spread news of deals far and wide and help our restaurant customers attract new business.

Headquartered in London, with offices across Europe and the USA and customers in 23 countries, Livebookings is the largest online reservations provider in Europe, focused on making restaurants more profitable and dining out more pleasurable.

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