Dubai, 2014-8-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelport, a travel commerce marketplace providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, has honoured dnata, a leading air services provider based in Dubai, with its “Top Producing Agency” award for achieving the highest number of hotel bookings via Travelport’s travel commerce platform in the United Arab Emirates region last year.
Established in 1959, dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers, offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services. dnata’s travel business, a Travelport customer since 2009, is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide.
“We are pleased to be recognised as the Top Producing Agency. Each year, dnata arranges more than 5.5 million bed nights for our customers. Travelport makes fulfilling bookings easy and efficient,” said Ailsa Pollard, Divisional Vice President of dnata’s travel business.
Rabih Saab, President and Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Travelport, added, “This is the first time that Travelport Middle East has awarded an agency for their hotel booking performance – a key area that we are focusing on as part of our Beyond Air strategy. Congratulations to the dnata team on this achievement and for significantly growing their hotel bookings with Travelport.”
Hospitality is one of the core components of Travelport’s Beyond Air strategy, which also includes areas such as payments, advertising, car rental, cruise-lines and tour operators. Currently, over 600,000 unique hotel properties are available and bookable via Travelport’s travel commerce platform which also integrates the company’s powerful hotel booking portal, Travelport Rooms and More.
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About Travelport (www.travelport.com)
Travelport is a leading travel commerce marketplace providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry. With a presence in over 170 countries, approximately 3,600 employees and 2013 net revenue of $2.1 billion, Travelport is a privately owned company comprised of:
Our Travel Commerce Platform, through which we facilitate travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in our proprietary business to business (“B2B”) travel commerce marketplace. As travel industry demands evolve, we are utilizing our Travel Commerce Platform to redefine the electronic distribution and merchandising of airline core and ancillary products, as well as extending our reach into the growing world of travel commerce beyond air, including to hotel, car rental, rail, cruise-line and tour operators. In addition, we have leveraged our domain expertise in the travel industry to design a pioneering B2B payment solution that addresses the needs of travel intermediaries to efficiently and securely settle travel transactions. We also utilize the extensive data managed by our platform to provide an array of additional services, such as advertising solutions, subscription services, business intelligence data services, and marketing-oriented analytical tools to travel agencies, travel providers and other travel data users.
Our Technology Services, through which we provide critical IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and reduce costs. We manage reservations, inventory management and other related critical systems for Delta Air Lines.
About dnata (www.dnata.com)
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.
dnata’s travel business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year dnata travel advisors handle more than 2.9 million bookings, 5.5 million bed nights, and 2 million airline tickets. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel.
Internationally, dnata owns and operates Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group, Mindpearl Group, and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors.
Karen Morrison, Corporate Communications Manager, Africa, Middle East and South Asia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +971 52 656 5962
Iris Dias, Public Relations, dnata E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +971 (0)56 216 1166