Travelport, a leading travel commerce marketplace providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry last week announced the launch of six new technology solutions to benefit the local travel industry at a glitzy event in Lagos.
The six leading edge solutions are:
Travelport Smartpoint: A point of sale solution which brings a range of invaluable benefits to agents including increased efficiency, reduction in training costs, and the ability to sell more beyond-air content such as hotels and car hire.
Agentivity: Travelport’s business intelligence suite for travel agents, which offers travel providers a unique and detailed insight into their agency’s activity, client behaviour, booking related issues and more.
Travelport Merchandising Platform: A platform that allows airlines to connect to Galileo distribution platform in any way they want, in order to deliver their full product portfolio with equal impact across all distribution channels.
Travelport Mobile Agent: A unique mobile application that enables Travelport-connected agents to gain full access to the Galileo desktop directly from their iPad or iPhone device anytime, anywhere.
Travelport View Trip Mobile: An itinerary management tool, which lets agency customers access destination info and their itinerary through their smartphone, iPad or other mobile devices whilst on the move.
Galileo E-tracker: An E-ticketing management tool that provides agencies with ready access to view, monitor and generate reports on the status of all E-tickets issued by their organisation via Galileo.
“Nigeria has one of the most exciting and fastest growing travel industries in the world, and it remains a key investment region for us,” said Rabih Saab, President and Managing Director, Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Travelport, as he announced the introduction of Travelport’s top solutions to Nigeria at the event held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Lagos.
“The economy and the travel industry in Nigeria have continued to flourish over the past few years and further growth is expected not only over the coming years, but decades. The launch of these cutting edge solutions therefore further reinforces the vital importance of Nigeria in our regional strategy – both today and in the future.”
Launching the new innovative solutions in Nigeria will enable both corporate and leisure agencies to take full advantage of the latest travel technology to help their agents work in a much more streamlined and efficient manner.
The travel sector in Nigeria has been growing steadily over the recent years as a direct result of the country’s rapid economic development. Earlier this year, Nigeria’s GDP was revised up by 89 per cent to exceed $500 billion, effectively making it the largest economy in Africa. This growth brings with it a direct impact on consumer spending, as 128 million African households are expected to earn $5,000 a year or more by 2020, enabling them to spend half their income on non-food items. This means more travel than ever before on and within the continent.
Travelport has a presence in over 170 countries, 49 countries in Africa has been operating in Nigeria since 2011.