Hogg Robinson is claiming a “ground-breaking” deal to increase its presence in China.
The TMG has signed a distribution agreement with TravelSky Technology, the preferred GDS provider in China.
The partnership designates TravelSky as HRG China’s sole GDS provider for the next five years.
It gives HRG access to the full version of the technology firm’s BlueSky platform which comprises a computer reservations system designed for travel consultants use and an online booking tool that allows clients to book trips with real-time information.
As booking travel in China is a manual process for travel managers, the integration of information between BlueSky’s online booking tool and the CRS is expected to shorten the travel booking process for both corporations and travellers.
HRG Asia Pacific business technology director Tony Hopwood said: “We are very privileged to be able to fully utilise BlueSky’s CRS and online booking tool.
“Its ability to provide accurate real-time information makes it the most advanced travel booking system in the Chinese travel market.”
He added: “BlueSky’s system enhancements will yield a number of benefits for our clients. Features such as best buy, lowest fare search and itinerary generator will provide a wider, more detailed range of travel options.
“While traveller profiles, company profiles and waiting lists will increase our travel consultant’s productivity by up to 20%, resulting in significant cost savings for clients.
“In addition, travel bookers/travellers will be using a shared profile for both the online booking tool and the Travel Management Company system, so information between bookings made and corporate travel data and policies are streamlined to further facilitate the travel approval process.”
TravelSky Technology GDS business department general manager Peng Bo said: “With its local and international expertise and its global network, we believe this relationship is a prime opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences to further develop our technology to provide our users with more extensive services.”