Travelport is to help German rail company Deutsche Bahn (DB) expand its international presence through a renewed long-term partnership.
The two companies founded a distribution and systems partnership in 2001, which led to the creation of Travelport’s RailMaster for DB booking tool for agents.
The system is now deployed in 18 countries outside Germany, including Japan and New Zealand.
Travelport started offering a mobile ticket service for DB last year, marking a technological step forward for the two billion passengers using the German rail system each year.
The new agreement aims to take the partnership to the next level and will provide a foundation for further growth for DB internationally, according to Travelport.
Andreas Fuhrmann, spokesman for distribution at DB, said: “Travelport’s focus on delivering innovative products and services adds real value to our business and we look forward to being able to work together to further increase revenues and take advantage of new growth opportunities, especially in new countries.”
Simon Ferguson, managing director of Travelport UK, Ireland and Nordics, added: “We are delighted to have extended our already great relationship with DB. We know how important it is for DB to open up new growth potential where we can help as a systems partner.
“Also, travel agencies require a reliable booking tool, and using RailMaster provides all the functionalities and content to make DB retailing productive.”