Travelport to offer directly negotiated hotel rates via GDS

Travelport to offer directly negotiated hotel rates via GDS

The first 1,000 hotels offering Travelport negotiated corporate-friendly rates to the company’s business travel agency customers have been unveiled.

Participating hotels from 48 countries in the Travelport Exclusive Rates scheme will offer negotiated rates with at least one element exclusive to the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.

The offers are negotiated directly with the hotel, providing agencies that may not be able to negotiate beneficial rates themselves the benefit of Travelport’s scale.

With a focus primarily on main European cities, the scheme is claimed to be the only such hotel offer available through a global distribution system.

Four and five star hotels are also included in Asia, the USA, Africa and Latin America.

Exclusive rates are available to B2B agencies using Apollo, Galileo, Worldspan, and through point-of-sale products including Travelport Smartpoint and Travelport uAPI by adding the rate access code 4TM to a hotel search.

Natalie Griffiths, revenue and systems manager at Corus & Laura Ashley Hotels, said: “Participating in the Travelport Exclusive Rate programme has not only enabled us to widen our scope of distribution, it has also facilitated in shifting some of the advance OTA bookings to more profitable corporate business.”

Julia Clark, head of systems and process at Clarity Travel Management, said: “Travelport Exclusive Rates adds great value to our clients and helps drive our agent’s performance by providing more and a better depth of content to our clients.

“The implementation was smooth and seamless and the information provided by Travelport made it easy to inform all the branches of this new addition.”

Travelport global hospitality and digital vice president and managing director Niklas Andreen added: “It’s a real timesaver for agents, driving their performance and offering everything they need in one place through seamless integration into the Travelport platform. It will help them increase attachment rates and stay competitive by always offering the best rates available to travellers.”

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