Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces the launch of its new Travelport Developer Network. Designed for third party developers, the Developer Network provides members with full access to key software resources, dedicated help and support and an entry in the new Travelport Developer Directory.
Created to facilitate the faster introduction of innovative new applications to its 67,000 travel agency customers worldwide, the new dedicated developer programme will offer extensive commercial, technical and support benefits to approved developer members.
As part of the new programme, Travelport’s industry-leading developer tools will continue to be built on open standards technology, so developers can program in the environment of their choice and build applications that easily integrate with existing Travelport databases and technologies. Membership includes access to the Travelport Universal API™ providing access to extensive content and functionality through a single API connection.
In 2012, members will also gain access to the Travelport Universal Desktop Software Development Kit (SDK) which creates a wealth of new opportunities for developers. The extensive configurability can be further enhanced to meet agency needs with custom activities incorporated into workflows, shopping and booking from blended GDS and non-GDS content, and custom pop-up widgets with anytime access.
“Working with independent software developers is not something new for Travelport, but this new dedicated network really emphasises our commitment to work even more closely with the developer community. Partnering for innovation perfectly complements and builds on our global product strategy and takes full advantage of the leading technology we have already developed such as the Travelport Universal API and the Travelport Universal Desktop. By working more closely with talented developers and enhancing our already strong relationships, we will be very well placed to offer the best possible applications to our travel agency customers worldwide,” said Gillian Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer, Travelport.
Added Gibson: “The focus on creating leading solutions is core to developers’ business and for many this leaves little time for other essential activities, such as lead generation, marketing and advertising. Because the Travelport Developer Network addresses this challenge, providing our developers with a single access point to our extensive content and agency network, along with providing technical support, it is indeed a win-win-win for developers, Travelport and our joint customers.”
Over twenty independent software developers, including Dolphin Dynamics, Rearden Commerce and flextrip, have already signed up to the new network ahead of its official launch at the PhoCusWright conference in Miami (15-17 November).
Early feedback on the new network and approach has been positive:
Tony D’Astolfo, Senior Vice President, Travel Services, Rearden Commerce: “Travelport’s Developer Network is emerging as a valuable ecosystem that includes technology, talent, and dedicated support for its partners. Rearden Commerce is glad to be a part of the network.”
Roberto Da Re, CEO, Dolphin Dynamics: “As long-term integrators and developers of Travelport tools, we’ve always appreciated Travelport’s high quality services and technical support, both of which have helped us provide our shared customers with the best integrated technology platform. We’re delighted to join the Travelport Developer Network.”
Alex Kremer, COO, Flextrip, Inc: “As a start-up we have been delighted with Travelport’s openness and eagerness to engage with early stage companies.”
For more information or to access the Travelport Developer Network website, please go to. http://developer.travelport.com. If attending the PhoCusWright event in Miami this month, Gillian Gibson and her team will be there to meet up with developers interested in membership.