Travelport, the travel retail specialist, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have now entered into a strategic, long term collaboration to use advanced cloud technology to accelerate the digital transformation of retailing in the travel industry.
The collaboration, which unites globally renowned expertise in travel technology, cloud technology, and hyper-personalised retailing, will focus on optimising Travelport’s recently launched next-generation platform: Travelport+.
It will also drive innovation in travel merchandising with the launch of a new accelerator program that will incorporate talent from the tech start-up community.
“The travel industry has struggled to keep up with the pace of change in digital retail”, acknowledged Greg Webb, chief executive officer at Travelport. “This landmark collaboration is specifically designed to address just that.
According to Mr Webb, AWS’s retail heritage “makes them uniquely qualified” to optimise digital retail platforms, simplify complex environments, and “enable game-changing innovation” in the travel retailing space. “With AWS as our preferred cloud partner, we are going to create a simpler, smarter, and better future for travel retailing”, Mr Webb says.
As part of the long term collaboration, Travelport will migrate its global platform that connects travel agencies and travel suppliers to AWS. It will also use AWS technologies, including High Performance Compute (HPC), storage, security, analytics, machine-learning and databases to deliver a faster, easier, and more personalised travel booking experience.
In addition, Travelport will use AWS Managed Services to provide trusted operational expertise to help optimise platform efficiency and security.