An upgraded agency desktop powered by Travelport will be introduced in Japan over the next two years.
The superior technology is being made available to agents who use the Axess GDS in Japan which is owned by Japan Airlines and Travelport.
Known as Axess Crea Advance, it will replace the current Crea desktop.
The new desktop will be powered by the Travelport Smartpoint point of sale technology to provide additional content.
Agents will migrate to the new point of sale solution in phases by 2017, following a period of customer testing and training.
Axess has also partnered with Travelport to launch a new business travel management solution, powered by smart technology platform, Locomote, which can be accessed by business travellers worldwide on any device.
The overall Axess GDS platform will continue to be hosted as part of Travelport’s technology infrastructure in its Atlanta data centre.
Seiji Soekawa, president and chief executive of Axess, said: We are delighted to announce the delivery of our new Axess desktop as well as our new corporate booking tool designed specifically for the Japanese business traveller.
“Axess understands that the travel industry business is a dynamic one and continues to change, and, as part of our technology partnership with Travelport, we are well placed to evolve our offering to Japanese agents, ensuring they have the very best content and tools to empower them to offer superior customer service.
Mark Meehan, president and managing director of Travelport Asia Pacific, added: “Launching a new agency desktop for Axess with all of the benefits it offers Japan’s travel trade, represents a great milestone in the technology partnership between Axess and Travelport and opens the pathways for further opportunities in the future.
“This partnership combines the best in international travel content with the most in-depth knowledge of the Japanese travel trade into one powerful platform. ”