The agreement is part of the group’s plan to extend its travel capabilities into the sector and help make the Co-op Travel Management business travel division a unique player in corporate travel.
Co-op Travel and its standalone corporate travel division will connect to Travelport’s point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, and its Hotelzon platform for hotel bookings, reservation management and travel policy implementations.
Travelport will provide Co-op Travel Management with real-time access to content from over 400 airlines, 35,000 car rental locations and 400,000 hotels.
This will provide corporations and their staff with special negotiated rates and other offerings from independent hotels to broader capabilities such as reporting and data integration with back-office systems.
The Co-op Travel Management will soon benefit from New Distribution Capability (NDC) connections with airlines as they become available.
Alistair Rowland, group general manager – specialist retail at The Midcounties Co-operative said: “Travelport’s industry-leading technology and content will help to differentiate us in the growing corporate travel market by meeting the demands of our customers and providing the best possible service”.
Mike Crotty, head of Co-op Travel Management commented: “Using technology is a key aspect of Co-op Travel Management and our partnership with Travelport is the next step in making our service even more sophisticated with this market-leading software.”
Paul Broughton, regional managing director of UK and Ireland at Travelport, said: “Travelport is delighted to support Midcounties Co-operative Travel as its technology partner to help it differentiate the corporate travel division and achieve its goals for growth.
“We are proud to power their business, help enable them to sell more tailored itineraries and stay connected to their travellers at every stage of the journey.”