Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, and The Midcounties Co-operative Travel, the UK’s largest travel co-operative, today announced their first multi-year technology agreement.
Co-op Travel Management, supported by a team of independent Personal Travel Agents (PTAs), will connect to Travelport’s cutting-edge technology including its industry leading point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint and Travelport Hotelzon. The agreement comes as part of The Co-operative’s plan to extend its travel capabilities into the TMC sector and help make the business travel division, Co-op Travel Management, a truly unique player in the corporate travel market.
Travelport will provide Co-op Travel Management with real-time access to content from over 400 airlines, unique hotel properties and 35,000 car rental locations. With over 400,000 hotels, from global chains to unique independent properties worldwide, travel experts from Co-operative Travel and its standalone corporate travel division will use the Hotelzon platform for all its hotel bookings, reservation management and travel policy implementations. This will provide corporations and their staff with special negotiated rates and other offerings from independent hotels to broader capabilities such as reporting and data integration with back-office systems.
Furthermore, with over 250 airlines signed up to use Travelport’s unique merchandising technology, the corporate travel division will be able to display, gain insights from and sell branded fare families and ancillary products (such as paid seat assignments, baggage fees, priority boarding, etc.) from these airlines. As the only global distribution system (GDS) provider to be certified by IATA as a “Level 3” Aggregator under its New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative, Travelport will soon further benefit Co-op Travel Management by creating NDC connections with airlines as they become available.
Commenting on the new agreement, Alistair Rowland, Group General Manager - Specialist Retail at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Travelport’s industry-leading technology and content will help to differentiate us in the growing corporate travel market by meeting the demands of our customers and providing the best possible service”.
Mike Crotty, Head of Co-op Travel Management commented: “Using technology is a key aspect of Co-op Travel Management and our partnership with Travelport is the next step in making our service even more sophisticated with this market-leading software.”
Paul Broughton, Regional Managing Director of UK and Ireland at Travelport, added: “Travelport is delighted to support Midcounties Co-operative Travel as its technology partner to help it differentiate the corporate travel division and achieve its goals for growth. We are proud to power their business, help enable them to sell more tailored itineraries and stay connected to their travellers at every stage of the journey.”
The Midcounties Co-operative
The Midcounties Co-operative has headquarters in Warwickshire, with trading outlets in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.
The Society trades in food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, childcare nurseries, flexible benefits and energy, as well as running a number of post offices. Midcounties is the largest independent co-operative society in the UK and has more than 500 sites and 650,000 members. In 2017 we distributed £1.2million to members as share of profits.
The Society's mission statement is 'To be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve’.
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.
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