Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, today announced a new partnership with NightsBridge, Africa’s leading online distribution system for independent accommodation. Under its inaugural deal with a GDS operator, NightsBridge will add more than 3,000 independent properties to the over 650,000 hotel properties already available through Travelport’s award-winning Travel Commerce Platform.
Travelport is able to help NightsBridge develop its business globally by promoting its unique property inventory to over 68,000 Travelport-connected online and offline travel agencies and travel management companies worldwide. Travelport-connected agencies will now be able to take advantage of Travelport’s unique merchandising technology and industry-leading point of sale tool, Travelport Smartpoint to search, view and book properties from NightsBridge’s catalogue. These include of B&Bs, apartments, boutique hotels and game lodges featuring the “Big Five” African animals.
Theresa Emerick, the Managing Director of NightsBridge said: “As the largest vendor dedicated to independent accommodation providers in Africa, we focus on channels that matter to our clients — both local and international. We’re delighted to announce the partnership with Travelport and are confident that this collaboration will help agents save time and money by choosing quality accommodation from a sector that was previously time-consuming to book. We’re excited to offer our suppliers this opportunity to expand their presence across the globe.”
Niklas Andreen, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Hospitality and Digital at Travelport added: “We are excited to partner with NightsBridge, one of South Africa’s key independent accommodation suppliers. Our collaboration with NightsBridge will help further establish its position within the independent accommodation sector. Their wide variety of accommodation types and price ranges greatly enriches Travelport’s unrivalled choice of global travel content; providing agents and partner companies with countless opportunities to check availability of inventory and make bookings.”
NightsBridge is Africa’s leading online distribution system for independent accommodation. Their technology makes it possible for BnBs, guest-houses, lodges and hotels to seamlessly connect to all their preferred partners and travel agents via a two-way interface, with the ability to view availability and make bookings in real-time. The result is improved accessibility and visibility for the accommodation provider. Offering both B2B and B2C options for its clients, the service makes it easier for travel agents and guests alike to conveniently book travel in Africa.
NightsBridge is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and has clients in 13 African countries across Southern Africa, as well as East and West-Africa.
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.