UK-based Traveltek Group Ltd, a travel technology provider, has launched a Middle East operation.
The firm, which counts Virgin Holidays, Flight Centre and dnata, as well as its sister companies, Imagine Cruises and Global Travel Group, among its clients, has established an office in Dubai and appointed two travel technology professionals to lead its Gulf expansion strategy.
Vinod Singh comes on board as regional manager, Middle East and India and Vivek Katheriya joins the team as regional sales manager, India and MENA. They will target the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.
The web-based technology enables agencies and tour operators to package and sell itineraries that include flights, hotels, tours, transfers, car rental, cruises, attractions tickets and more. Companies can package their own stock, third-party stock, or a mixture of both.
Consolidated cruise content from 190 lines, part of an API that connects travel companies to a global database of more than 300 industry suppliers, is available to Traveltek clients, across B2B, B2C, call centre and mobile, with options to localise solutions for the Middle East market, including Arabic-language contentist.
Peter Whittle, global sales director, Traveltek, said: “Given our proven track record delivering a powerful and successful selling platform to the international travel trade, we are well positioned to harness the healthy growth of the GCC travel and tourism industry.
“Our global expertise, combined with the market and technology experience demonstrated by Vinod and Vivek, will ensure we can cater to the needs of the region’s travel trade now and in the future, particularly as demand for dynamic packaging and cruise booking solutions grows at a rapid rate.”
Singh added: “Traveltek offers a full end-to-end solution for multiple products and sales channels. For leisure travel companies looking to make the most of this fast-growing market, we also provide live access to a huge database of global travel suppliers.”
Katheriya concluded: “In addition, the technology facilitates secure online transactions, which is crucial in a region where online travel companies are yet to realise their full potential. Factor in the ability to conduct customised search journeys and documentation for B2B and B2C websites and Traveltek has an important role to play in bring new levels of sophistication and trust to the Middle East’s online travel arena.”