Travelport has introduced a product enabling agents to get seamless
access to hotel details and amenities, plus a mapping tool.
The product, Hotel Retail, is integrated into Travelport’s
platform for Smartpoint-connected agencies. Smartpoint is Travelport’s desktop
Travelport called Hotel Retail "a real timesaver for
agents" because they will no longer need to rely on other tools and
sources outside their workflow to locate the best hotel for their clients.
"Bookers demand access to a broader range of travel content
and instant, detailed information about travel products at the point of
booking," Travelport said in a statement. "Hotel Retail allows agents to stay
within their workflow by delivering everything they need in one place."
Agents will see what Travelport described as a "content-rich
graphical interface" that displays amenities and details and integrates mapping
capabilities so agents can create a search from a pin drop.
Initially, Hotel Retail will be available this month for
Travelport's Apollo users. Worldspan users in the U.S. and Canada are expected
to have access to the tool in the fourth quarter. Over the next six months,
Hotel Retail's rollout will expand to additional countries.