Sydney, Australia,10 July, 2019: Travelport, a leading travel technology company, today announced it has been awarded a new long-term technology contract by Australia and New Zealand’s top online travel agency, Webjet, following an extensive competitive bid process.
Under the agreement, Webjet will participate in initiatives driven by Travelport involving IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard. NDC is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA that will enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers. Travelport was the first GDS operator to manage live bookings using the new standard in October 2018.
By extending its partnership with Travelport, Webjet will also continue to enjoy real-time access to a broad range of high-quality content from over 400 airlines, hundreds of thousands of hotel properties, and 37,000 car rental locations. In addition, it will benefit from Travelport’s cutting-edge search, automation, shopping and booking technologies, while accessing valuable data, business logic and profiling functionality on a single platform.
Webjet will soon deploy Travelport Trip Services, allowing it to utilize the industry’s latest APIs to efficiently perform mobile-optimized search across the full range of Travelport content. With faster, lighter and more accurate search responses, Webjet will better fulfil the demands of its ever-connected travellers.
Commenting on the partnership, Shelley Beasley, Group Chief Commercial Officer at Webjet, said: “We are delighted to extend our agreement with Travelport. The company has been a highly-valued technology partner to Webjet for close to 20 years and we continue to be impressed by the quality, speed and reliability of its solutions as well as its dedication to lead change in the industry, which now extends to IATA NDC.”
Stephen Shurrock, Travelport’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “Webjet is one of the most advanced and agile online travel agencies with whom we work globally. We are proud of the role Travelport has played in contributing to its success and look forward to extending this with technology initiatives, including NDC, to serve customers better and continue our leadership in online travel provision.”
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.