Travelport has launched the new Travelport Developer Network. Designed for third-party developers, the Developer Network provides members with full access to key software resources, dedicated help and support and an entry in the new Travelport Developer Directory.
Over twenty independent software developers, including Dolphin Dynamics, Rearden Commerce and flextrip, have already signed up to the new network ahead of its official launch later this month.
Created to facilitate the faster introduction of innovative new applications to its 67,000 travel agency customers worldwide, the new dedicated developer programe will offer extensive commercial, technical and support benefits to approved developer members, Travelport says.
As part of the new program, Travelport’s developer tools will continue to be built on open standards technology, so developers can program in the environment of their choice and build applications that easily integrate with existing Travelport databases and technologies.
Membership includes access to the Travelport Universal API, providing access to extensive content and functionality through a single API connection. In 2012 members will also gain access to the universal Desktop Software Development Kit (SDK) which creates a wealth of new opportunities for developers.
The extensive configurability can be further enhanced to meet agency needs with custom activities incorporated into workflows, shopping and booking from blended GDS and non-GDS content, and custom pop-up widgets with anytime access.
“Working with independent software developers is not something new for Travelport, but this new dedicated network really emphasizes our commitment to work even more closely with the developer community. Partnering for innovation perfectly complements and builds on our global product strategy and takes full advantage of the leading technology we have already developed such as the Travelport Universal API and the Travelport Universal Desktop. By working more closely with talented developers and enhancing our already strong relationships, we will be very well placed to offer the best possible applications to our travel agency customers worldwide,” said Gillian Gibson, chief marketing officer, Travelport.
Added Gibson, “The focus on creating leading solutions is core to developers’ business and for many this leaves little time for other essential activities, such as lead generation, marketing and advertising. Because the Travelport Developer Network addresses this challenge, providing our developers with a single access point to our extensive content and agency network, along with providing technical support, it is indeed a win-win-win for developers, Travelport and our joint customers.”