Marriott signs long-term deal with Travelport
Marriott commits to upgrade of interface to Galileo and Worldspan
Travelport has signed a five-year global agreement with Marriott International.
The agreement secures access to Marriott International’s content, inventory, and brands for all Travelport-connected users worldwide including corporate customers and retail online agencies booking through the Galileo and Worldspan systems.
As part of the agreement, Marriott has also committed to upgrading its current interface to Galileo and Worldspan to Travelport’s XML Pro Direct Connect interface including enhancements to the shopping and pricing capabilities.
A statement from Traveloprt said that Marriott will now be in a position to reduce its distribution costs as a result of only supporting a single connection to both GDS platforms.
It added that Travelport-connected travel agents will also benefit from significant improvements in response times and a more efficient purchasing experience.
“Marriott is pleased to work with Travelport to provide Travelport-connected travel agents with key booking process improvements and assured access to our content and wide variety of brands," said Larraine Voll Morris, vice president, eDistribution, Marriott International.
“This is great news for our customers, who will have full access to Marriott’s Best Available Rates and its inventory. Marriott will gain even greater access to the services and support delivered by Travelport’s professional travel agency subscribers,” said Rabih Saab, vice-president, Travelport GDS, Middle East.