Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform and BidTravel, the travel services division of Bidvest, and Africa’s largest travel group, have signed a new long term agreement which will see the travel group continue to access Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform and unrivalled travel content. A Travelport business partner for over 20 years, Bidtravel is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a trusted and respected leader of Africa’s travel landscape.
The agreement encompasses BidTravel which is comprised of Carlson Wagonlit, HRG Rennies Travel, Harvey World Travel, mymarket.com, Travel Connections and Travelwise located in Gaborone, Botswana, as well as World Travel. BidTravel will leverage Travelport’s industry leading point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, as their agency desktop to search and book travel for their customers, work smarter and increase revenues. Smartpoint allows travel agents to access unrivalled travel content including the branded fares and ancillaries from the world’s leading airlines – both network carriers and low cost carriers – as well as over 650,000 hotel properties, all from within the travel agent’s workflow.
Allan Lunz, Managing Director at BidTravel, commented: “We are delighted to renew our agreement with Travelport. We strongly believe Travelport’s edge in technological innovation is paving the way for us to secure more growth, especially in our online business. As legacy business partners, we have firsthand experience of Travelport’s success in redefining travel commerce; their Travel Commerce Platform has supported our business to meet the constantly evolving needs of our customers and allowed us to deliver more choice and flexibility when it comes to booking travel.”
Rabih Saab, Travelport’s President and Managing Director for Europe, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, said: “We are very proud of our longstanding partnership with BidTravel and naturally thrilled to announce this renewal today. Our team is looking forward to closely working with BidTravel to achieve their business goals and strategy for the coming years. Our goal is to redefine travel commerce and it is testament to our innovation and strong customer service offering that travel leaders like BidTravel continually choose us as their technology partner.”