Travelport Signs Global Content and Distribution Agreement with Magnuson Hotels
January 21, 2011
Includes Complete Pricing Plus Connectivity and Interface via Travelport XML Pro Technology Solution –
Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces details of a new global, full content agreement with Magnuson Hotels, the world’s largest independent hotel group. The four-year agreement secures full access to Magnuson Hotels’ total room rates and inventory of more than 1,500 properties across North America and the UK. The agreement further ensures rate parity for all Travelport-connected users worldwide including corporate customers and online agencies booking through Galileo and Worldspan.
Magnuson will also participate in Travelport Complete Pricing Plus– the groundbreaking program which gives travel agents access to enhanced room and rule information in addition to detailed pricing information on optional room extras such as adding children to a booking, extra bedding and cribs. This streamlines the booking process, especially for leisure bookings, and provides a consistent approach with the way travel agencies price hotel stays. In turn, this saves time for hoteliers, agents and travelers by returning more detailed information regarding hotel rates and room features.
Magnuson will also connect to Travelport’s GDS systems using the Travelport XML Pro Technology Solution. Customers will have access to real time rates, availability, and rules for Magnuson’s multiple properties. Significantly it will position the hotel group to reduce its distribution costs by only supporting a single connection to both GDS platforms. Travelport-connected travel agents will also benefit from significant improvements in response times and a more efficient purchasing experience.
“Travelport’s complete worldwide distribution to consumers and travel agencies will open up opportunities for all independent affiliates of Magnuson Hotels,” stated co-CEO Thomas R. Magnuson. “Travelport’s integration with the new Magnuson Direct Reservation System will help provide global scale to every struggling independent hotel owner. Our participation in Complete Pricing Plus will give travel agents and therefore the traveler better visibility of our prices and facilities during the booking process, making booking Magnuson Hotels properties on the GDS as straightforward and efficient as possible.”
“This partnership is great news for our customers, who will have full access to all available room rates, inventory and rate parity under the Magnuson Hotels portfolio and great news for Magnuson who will gain even greater access to the services and support delivered by Travelport’s professional travel agency subscribers,” said Keith Harrison, director, Strategic Hotel Content, Travelport.
“The agreement underlines the value of Travelport’s global marketplace of approximately 60,000 travel agencies worldwide to large and mid-sized hotel companies alike and reinforces both the effectiveness of our Complete Pricing Plus program and also the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Travelport GDS XML Pro Technology Solution.
The Travelport GDS XML Pro Technology Solution interfaces with Magnuson’s internal reservation system for real time rates, availability, and rules. Built over the Internet using Travelport XML Pro data exchange technology, the interface allows Magnuson to streamline transactions for its hotels using a cost-efficient and direct electronic path to the Worldspan and Galileo GDSs.
About Travelport (www.travelport.com)
Travelport is a broad-based business services company and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the global travel industry.
With a presence in 160 countries, approximately 5,400 employees and reported 2009 revenues of $2.2 billion, Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business that includes the Galileo and Worldspan brands; GTA, a leading global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services; and Airline IT Solutions, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and data analysis solutions for major airlines.
Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Travelport management.
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About Magnuson Hotels, the fastest growing hotel chain in history.
In only seven years, Magnuson Hotels headquartered in Spokane, WA has become the world’s largest independent hotel group, representing nearly 1500 hotels and a combined affiliate base with assets in excess of $5.5 Billion. One of the top 10 global hotel chains, Magnuson Hotels was the #1 Hotel Company of Inc. Magazine’s 2009 annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest growing privately owned U.S. companies. With a four year reservation sales growth of 595%, Magnuson Hotels is listed in the top 100 U.S. business services companies.