A new distributor for Travelport’s Galileo and Worldspan GDSs in Turkey is taking over from Turkish Airlines.
Ibrahim Koyman has been appointed to head the new distributor operations, based in Istanbul.
Koyman will oversee the company’s business development strategy as well as the day-to-day operations, joining Travelport after working for travel companies such as FlyDubai and Vodatech.
A dedicated local support team and Travelport consultants will help fast-track growth for business and leisure travel, online travel agencies, travel management companies and consolidators.
Rabih Saab, Africa, Levant, Middle East and South Asia president and managing director, said: “Turkey remains one of our key geographical sectors, and as one of the fastest growing and most technologically-savvy of the Middle East economies, we are very pleased to further enhance our presence here.
“This positive investment underlines our continued commitment to supporting the regional travel industry with our latest products and solutions, combined with our in-depth knowledge of the sector and our global reach.
“I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Turkish Airlines for their support as our distributor and for helping grow our business here for the past two decades. Our two companies will continue to work closely to benefit the travelling public in the region and beyond.”
Koyman said: “Turkey forms a significant part of Travelport’s strategic global investment, and I am very pleased to be joining at this exciting time.
“We have a fantastic team on board, with extensive regional experience coupled with in-depth local market knowledge.
“I look forward to working closely with them to ensure we continue to provide our customers with Travelport’s leading edge technology solutions and unrivalled support.”