Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform has signed an extended agreement with Al Tayyar Travel Group, the largest travel and tourism company in Saudi Arabia. Al Tayyar has a prominent local, regional and international presence and serves its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the MENA region as well as Malaysia, Canada, America, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. In the UK, the Group operates through the well-established travel agencies: Clarity Travel Management and Elegant Resorts.
The extended deal significantly enhances the strategic co-operation between both companies and reaffirms Al Tayyar Travel Group’s commitment to expand their online business. To achieve this, Al Tayyar Travel Group will take advantage of Travelport’s cutting-edge technology, Travelport Universal API for online travel agencies. The Universal API is a computing application programming interface that enables travel agencies to streamline the functionality of booking process by amassing all of Travelport’s unrivalled content which includes branded fares and ancillaries from the leading national and low cost carriers, as well as hotels, car and rail, essentially supporting the growth of online business for travel agencies.
Following the agreement, travel agencies that fall under the Al Tayyar Travel Group will benefit from Travelport Smartpoint, the industry leading merchandising and desktop technology that enables access to Travelport’s travel content inventory and significantly improves the selling experience for travel agents.
Mr. Mohammed Khair Al Yabroudi, Director of GDS Affairs at Al Tayyar Travel Group, commented: “Al Tayyar Travel Group has been championing the travel and tourism industry in KSA for many years through promoting ‘Saudization’, exploring new global markets and by delivering the quality services for travellers. We are therefore thrilled to execute the new online strategy using Travelport’s one of the industry leading technology and partnership to further enhance our business and continue to provide travellers with unique lifetime experiences.”
Mr. Rabih Saab, President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: “We are delighted to extend our agreement with Al Tayyar Travel Group as it further enhances our strong partnership. Al Tayyar Travel Group is an example of a thriving company that values service quality, advanced technology and shares with us the passion for redefining the travel industry. This agreement sets new goals for the Al Tayyar Travel Group and we’re excited that Travelport will continue play a major role in supporting them to reach them.”