Travelgroup, servicing 37 travel agencies across Brussels and Wallonia, and GigaTour, servicing a group of over 100 independent French-speaking travel agencies across Brussels and Walloon, provide their members with central purchasing offices for their leisure and business travel agencies. Consortium agencies have used Travelport’s cutting-edge technology including its industry leading point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, to give its consultants a competitive-edge and create operational efficiencies for over 25 years.
Travelport is able to help consortium members set themselves self apart in the market by providing its consultants and online channel with real-time access to content from over 400 airlines, 650,000 hotel properties and 35,000 car rental locations. Furthermore, with nearly 250 airlines signed up to use Travelport’s unique merchandising technology, consortium members are able to display, gain powerful information around, and sell branded fare families and ancillary products (such as paid seat assignments, baggage fees, priority boarding, etc.) from these airlines.
Consortium agencies will also continue to use Travelport Rapid Reprice, which is redefining the complex function of re-pricing a travel itinerary by providing a faster, convenient and more flexible ticketing experience, especially when travellers require a change in their itinerary.
Having recently become the first global distribution system (GDS) to be certified by IATA as a “Level 3” Aggregator under its New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative, Travelport will soon further benefit the consortiums by creating NDC connections with airlines as they become available.
Commenting on the new partnership, Jean-Philippe Cuvelier, Managing Director of Travelgroup said: “We have enjoyed a very successful partnership with Travelport. The company’s industry-leading technology and wide choice of content enables our members to benefit from intelligent, fast and accurate search, while further differentiating their travel services. I am very pleased to have signed this new agreement so we can continue providing our agents with the latest Travelport technology, so they can continue to be among the best in our sector.”
Olivier Solé, Managing Director of GigaTour, commented: “In our industry, success is built around the ability of our members and online channel to consistently provide personalized, attractive and cost-effective travel recommendations to customers. Travelport’s fast, accurate and reliable technology has actively increased our efficiency by empowering our consortium to search beyond rate and availability, and quickly respond to customers’ personalized needs. We are delighted to continue our partnership with the company and look forward to extending our leadership in the market with its support.”
Kurt Bostyn, Country Manager, Travelport Benelux, said: “We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationships with the Travelgroup and GigaTour, and are proud these consortiums recognise the value our technology and content provides to their members. This agreement demonstrates the tremendous value we are able to provide travel agencies and our leadership in technology, content and service. We look forward to working with the consortiums to continually find new ways to set them apart from their peers by delivering exceptional value to their customers.”
Travelgroup is a central purchasing agency that currently has 12 members or 37 travel agencies located in Brussels and Wallonia. The specialty of its agencies is to respond professionally to traveler wishes: organize, the trip they are dreaming of; whether its leisure or business. The desire to join a Central Purchasing Office arose from the certainty that agencies can obtain certain strengths in terms of the negotiation of tariffs and the follow-up of bookings from the tour operators with whom they choose to work and all in the best interests of its customers.
GigaTour is a group of more than 240 independent French-speaking travel agents within Brussels and Walloon, who, under a common banner, have created a central purchasing office to serve their travelers better.
GigaTour is also an online site that tries to present the best of the tourist industry and its famous "favorites".
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.
Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.