Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Travelport rolls out new travel solutions

Travelport, a leading travel service provider in distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, has reinforced its commitment to Nigeria with the launch of six new technology solutions to benefit the local travel industry.
The new innovative solutions in Nigeria will enable both corporate and leisure agencies to take full advantage of the latest travel technology to help their agents work in a much more streamlined and efficient manner.
Speaking at the lunch in Lagos during the week, Rabih Saab, President and Managing Director, Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Travelport, said “Nigeria has one of the most exciting and fastest growing travel industries in the world, and it remains a key investment region for us.
 “The economy and the travel industry in Nigeria have continued to flourish over the past few years and further growth is expected not only over the coming years, but decades. The launch of these cutting edge solutions therefore further reinforces the vital importance of Nigeria in our regional strategy – both today and in the future.”
Saab said the travel sector in Nigeria has been growing steadily over the recent years as a direct result of the country’s rapid economic development. “Earlier this year, Nigeria’s GDP was revised up by 89% to exceed US $500 billion, effectively making it the largest economy in Africa.
“This growth brings with it a direct impact on consumer spending, as 128 million African households are expected to earn US $5,000 a year or more by 2020, enabling them to spend half their income on non-food items (McKinsey, 2014). This means more travel than ever before on and within the continent.”
He said to enable travel agents in Nigeria to take full advantage of these opportunities that they decided to introduce six of their leading edge solutions to Nigeria.
One of the solutions, agentivity, offers travel providers a unique and detailed insight into their agency’s activity, client behaviour, booking related issues, just as the Galileo E-tracker provides agencies with ready access to view, monitor and generate reports on the status of all E-tickets issued by their organisation via Galileo.
One of the travel agents gathered for the products lunch, Mohammed Kareem from Greywings said  “Introducing these innovative Travelport solutions to the local travel industry will definitely help travel agencies and travel management companies reduce costs, enhance their quality of service and increase productivity.
He added “Travelport seems to have a very clear understanding of what we require to take our businesses forward in an ever-changing competitive industry.”