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Monday, 10 Apr 2017 21:40 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, and Travel Creations of Kenya today announced a new partnership that will see Travel Creations become the first travel agent in Africa to roll out ‘GOL’, a breakthrough online booking tool powered by Travelport’s technology.
Kenya’s online travel sales continue to grow rapidly, according to research by Euromonitor which tracks tourism and travel bookings, supported by factors such as rising internet penetration, improving internet infrastructure and the continuing expansion of online payment options.
The new online booking tool is a one stop shop for travelers, offering seamless access to services such as flight bookings and information, access to accommodation options and booking, insurance among other services.
Ms Zainab Yahya, the chief executive of Travel Creations, remarked: “Travelport’s unique Travel Commerce Platform and the power of its technology solutions is what we need to meet and drive our vision of making travel bookings faster and easier and most importantly with more choices for our customers.
"This new online booking engine will significantly help us enhance our online presence by meeting our customer demands for personalization and in turn will help us to grow our business.” The GOL tool allows clients to pre- select preferred airlines, best fares and best hotels in your destination.
Mrs Nita Nagi, Kenya country manager at Travelport, commented: “Online travel sales to residents grew by 14 percent to reach Sh92.8 billion in 2015. We are delighted to partner with Travel Creations as the first Kenyan agency to roll out this powerful new online booking solution for travel agencies, which will help them connect their customers to more travel choices, thus empowering their travel experiences.
"Agreements like this, demonstrate the value that the travel agency community in East Africa sees in our unique Travel Commerce Platform that is redefining travel commerce across the globe.”
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press