6 July 2017: Today, Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and UOB Travel Planners, one of Singapore’s largest local corporate travel agencies, are pleased to announce a renewed long-term partnership. This agreement allows UOB Travel Planners continued access to Travelport’s unrivalled choice of travel content.
UOB Travel Planners will continue the use of Travelport’s industry leading point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, benefitting from intelligent, fast and accurate searching and booking which can be personalised and tailored for their customers.
As part of the agreement, UOB will also be Travelport’s first corporate client in Asia to pilot its new corporate booking tool, Travelport Locomote. The solution with enable UOB’s corporate clients to seamlessly plan, approve and book travel while enabling duty of care and traveler safety, all from one place.
Taking the lead from the continued rise of mobile travel bookings in Asia, Travelport will support UOB Travel Planners in the development of its mobile app. Travelport’s Universal API makes it easier for app users to connect to in-house agency systems and access the widest choice of content, providing the rich, open and integrated travel experience that today’s connected travellers expect.
“It has been a fulfilling partnership with Travelport, these past years and we are glad to continue working together. This agreement will give us the added boost we need to remain as one of the leading local TMCs. We look forward to achieving more commercial success with Travelport,” commented Steven Ler, General Manager, Head of Travel, UOB Travel Planners.
Martin Herbert, Managing Director Asia for Travelport, added “We are delighted that UOB Travel Planners has chosen to renew this agreement with us. To maintain their leadership in the competitive landscape of corporate travel, UOB Travel Planners needs continued access to extensive global travel choices and the best booking technology to deliver a differentiated and personalized booking and customer care experience. This has always been Travelport’s focus and an area which we have continued investing in. Our team looks forward to continuing this strong partnership and helping UOB Travel Planners grow its business and brand even further.”
About UOB Travel Planners
UOB Travel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore’s leading banking group – United Overseas Bank Group (UOB). With more than 40 years of managing travel, UOB’s team of travel professionals understand the intricacies of travel across the various segments – Corporate Business Travel, Concierge, MICE or Leisure – and are well-positioned to offer a comprehensive suite of travel services support.
The agency is an accredited Service Class organization with sound financial backing and adopts best-in-class practices, processes and systems to ensure that clients requirements are well-fulfilled and supported. UOB Travel services are well endorsed by her clients – which ranges from SMEs to Fortune 500 multinational corporations – thus contributing to one of the highest client retention rate in the industry.