South African software company Dineplan has signed an agreement with Google which will allow users to make instant bookings at restaurants directly from Google Search, Maps or Assistant.
Dineplan said its service is currently used by thousands of restaurants nationwide to manage their bookings.
The system has now been integrated with Reserve with Google. Consumers can stay notified through Google Calendar, Gmail and via their devices, as well as use the Dineplan mobile app to cancel, confirm or change their instant booking.
The deal will also allow customers to see live availability at their favourite restaurants, and conveniently book directly via Google, the group said.
“To be able to offer restaurant bookings through Google will provide diners another promising avenue to make bookings through the Dineplan network.
“With bookings on the business profile showing up in Google Search results, this will present a very convenient and efficient way for diners to make their reservations,” said Dineplan director Martin Rose.
Rose said that service should help drive more bookings and people into restaurants, which have been severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that more than 300,000 bookings are made across the South African Dineplan network every month – 30% of these are made online.