April 2014, Issue: 4 Volume: 32

Tool & Tech

Saab ... offering better GDS training for agents
Travelport sign two new partnerships
March 2013164

TRAVELPORT, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced a significant new reseller relationship with OTT Group Ltd (OTT) that will see one of the world’s largest resources for online travel training become an official retailer of Travelport’s latest GDS training modules in the Middle East and Africa. 

This agreement, together with Travelport Academy – Travelport’s recently launched online travel training portal – will enable OTT, who currently have 70,000 plus registered members worldwide, provide up-to-date and relevant training on Travelport’s core GDS systems to both travel industry professionals as well as members of the general public who may be interested in starting a new career in the travel industry. 

Commenting on the agreement, Rabih Saab, president and managing director, Travelport, Middle East and Africa, said: “We know there is growing demand for more online, self-paced GDS training and the Online Travel Training Group has a superb track record of retailing such courses. By teaming up with Travelport Academy, OTT now has the opportunity to retail the most up-to-date GDS training modules to existing and future travel agents in the Middle East and Africa.”

“We are thrilled to be working in close collaboration with Travelport to offer their latest GDS training to both existing and new members across the globe,” said Bruce Martin, operations director for OTT. “We’re confident that it’s the most up to date GDS training available online, as much of what is currently available online is out of date and based on technology that has moved on. Through the Travelport Academy programme, modules of differing levels are on offer meaning there’s something to suit both industry professionals wishing to brush up on their skills as well as beginner modules for those wishing to start a new career in travel.”

The company also joined forces with Al Tayyar Travel group for a new multi-year agreement, which will see Travelport expand its current business and enter into new joint ventures with the Saudi travel giant. These include providing skills training and developing the expertise of travel professionals in the Kingdom, driving the recruitment of young Saudis in the field of travel and tourism, and promoting tourism initiatives in the Kingdom on a global level.

Travelport also announced a new tool for their Middle East and Africa travel agents which will enable them to significantly enhance the way they manage, mark-up and control the onward distribution of their airline filed private fares. The new tool automates the often complex, time consuming and manual processes they follow today. 

Offering the freshest, most up-to-date fare content is critical to the competitive success of any travel agency managing a private fares program. Net Fare Manager reduces key strokes related to fare management by up to 80 per cent with its intuitive web-based interface. From a single screen, new and updated negotiated fares are displayed for effortless update and redistribution to any travel agency location, worldwide.