A renewed and strengthened partnership between Amadeus and Tourvest Travel Services (“TTS”) – one of Africa’s biggest Travel Management Companies with a strong focus on technology – will help TTS benefit from the anticipated recovery in travel. The extended partnership will also see Amadeus technology powering new brands of Tourvest and its partners in the region. Key areas of the deal include activation of IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC), Amadeus Travel Platform, cytric Travel & Expense, and expanded hotel content.
TTS will be making flight bookings using state-of-the-art NDC-connectivity through Amadeus in early 2021. This gives the company access to the latest airline offers that are tailored for TTS’s corporate customers delivered using customisable Amadeus Web Services and the professional working environment of Selling Platform Connect.
This closer collaboration between the two companies extends beyond air travel. Tourvest will also differentiate itself with Amadeus Multisource hotel content. This will seamlessly enrich the breadth of accommodation Tourvest can offer corporate travellers, regardless of whether the content is sourced through Amadeus or via bedbank specialists. Increasing the content available to corporate travellers from more accommodation sources leads to greater choice and increased customer satisfaction.
“Our own developed TravelIT’s Travel and Expense Management solution and data-driven customer insights coupled with Amadeus’ leading technology enables Tourvest to develop highly evolved solutions that make a difference. We approach technology from a deep understanding of the needs of corporate travellers in the markets we serve. This means we can deploy corporate travel solutions perfectly suited for Africa and in time for the anticipated rebound in travel,” commented Morne du Preez, CEO of TTS.
Stéphane Durand, Senior Vice President Business Travel Global Accounts, Amadeus added, “One of the things that most impresses us about Tourvest is its clear vision for the role of travel technology. This is even more vital as the industry seeks to rebuild travel in Africa in 2021 and beyond. This nicely dovetails with Amadeus’ global perspective and large-scale IT investment in research and development for the travel industry. It’s a meeting of two like-minded companies that share a common goal of enabling smarter business travel.”
TTS is also a key reseller of cytric Travel & Expense on the African continent. This online booking solution from Amadeus enables corporate travellers to take charge of their travel arrangements using company-approved suppliers. It helps corporations control T&E spend, while empowering people to travel smarter.