TPConnects, launched Dynamic Holiday Packaging for Airlines and Travel Agents
The tool enables agents and airlines to build an entire holiday package including air, hotel, car, transfers and all other components with ancillary products
24 May 2016, Dubai, UAE: TPConnects, the first IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) IT Aggregator and Vendor from MENA Region, today launched Holiday Shopping, a new dynamic holiday packaging tool that enables airlines and travel agents to quickly and accurately build an entire holiday package -- including air, hotel, transfers, car, tours, cruise, activity components -- through the TPConnects Travel Retailing Booking Engine.
Holiday Shopping uses real-time availability, content and pricing from suppliers (airline, hotels, car etc) to generate a complete day wise itinerary by searching negotiated fare content (if contracted and available from an airline or other supplier), if not best available prices and inventory as appropriate from the suppliers integrated to TPConnects platform using agents own credentials. Individual trip components including ancillaries are bundled together based on specific traveler needs and preferences, and each trip is completely flexible and customizable.
"TPConnects' Holiday Shopping is a great productivity tool for my agency," said Wael Sunjod, Owner of Palm Oasis Travel, one of several agencies who tested the product. It enables Travel Management Companies like ours to better position in today’s highly competitive environment. With TPConnects Travel Retailing Platform, Agents can dynamically build a total trip with multiple components for customers and Holiday Shopping enables us to enhance customer service while increasing productivity and revenue. We really like that when the customer want to finalize his holiday he only need to refresh our quotation and the final rates will be updated with the available inventory from airlines, hotels etc. according to the planned itinerary”.
TPConnects platform offers easy access to all major global distribution systems (so that agents will not lose their incentives), central reservation systems (for airlines to directly distribute their products including ancillary), hotel property management solutions (PMS), hotel consolidators (like Expedia, GTA etc.) car rental providers, rail providers as well as tours, activities and Low Cost Carriers (LCC). As a technology provider TPConnects aggregates travel products from various sources using the credentials of individual agents. We offer access to travel content and inventory through a single Web based Point of Sales (PoS). The PoS can be a Travel Agent Website for an Airline, a Travel Agent Desktop, a Corporate Online Booking Engine, or an XML API.
Kristine Fernandez, Senior Vice President Commercial commented, "We are glad to introduce our Dynamic Holiday Packaging module to our Travel Retailing Platform. With Holiday Shopping agents can quickly shop for various air, hotel options, car, tours, and activities etc providing travelers with a complete holiday, including pricing and availability within moments. TPConnects platform is already equipped with all elements of Travel Retailing where agents maximize time, efficiency and revenue, while travelers benefit from the convenience and customization.
Holiday Shopping is available through the TPConnects Travel Retailing Platform. Airlines or Agencies with an online storefront can also integrate Holiday Shopping into their Web site, giving their customers easy access to instant Holiday building with airline and hotel ancillaries and providing an additional source of agency revenue.
Established in 2012, TPConnects is the new generation travel booking and distribution solution: an innovative cloud based travel booking and distribution platform for airlines, travel agencies, online travel agencies and tour operators with a merchandising engine.
TPConnects is one of the first distribution platforms to receive dual Level 3 (highest level within the system with end-to-end) certifications from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA certified that TPConnects as an IT Vendor is capable of offering NDC products and services for airlines, travel agencies and other distributors and as an Aggregator, TPConnects can consume and deploy NDC APIs deployed by any airline for the latest PADIS Publication 15.2 Schemas
TPConnects is a values-based company driven by the mission “Shaping the future of travel distribution.” TPConnects assist airlines to retail travel products, deliver rich content, bundle offers and provide consumers with the ability to create their own offers–choosing services like hotels, activities and enable travel agents to search, compare and sell travel products using their own credentials from suppliers.
TPConnects product portfolio consist of Direct Connect for the Airlines, Aggregator platform (integrated with PSS, GDS and other travel suppliers) for the travel agents and Leisure Management System (Managing inbound and holidays including inventory management and dynamic packaging) for Airlines and Travel Agents