PARAMUS, NJ - Groundspan, a global leader in providing ground transportation automation and management tools, have worked together with Travelport to create a new application that will enable travel agents to book chauffeur ground transportation services directly within the Travelport Smartpoint agent workflow. This marks the first time that chauffeured car services have been fully integrated into the Travelport products.
Travelport Drive Me will enable travel agents globally to book over 5,000 vendors available through the Groundspan systems, providing pricing, availability and confirmation at the time of booking. Once the booking is confirmed, the details of the trip including the confirmation number will be inserted into the traveler's Passenger Name Record (PNR). Agents also can manage and cancel bookings via the Travelport Drive Me application. Travelport Drive Me makes the agent more efficient servicing this ever growing, more important travel category with the potential of creating revenue opportunities.
Travel managers and procurement personnel can work with Travelport, Groundspan and their TMC to ensure that their contracted preferred ground transportation providers and pricing is available at the time of booking through Travelport Drive Me. This will help support existing ground transportation programs globally and minimize leakage to non-preferred or non-vetted vendors.
Niklas Andreen, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Hospitality at Travelport, said "We are excited to provide our customers with this ground transportation solution. Our partnership with Groundspan further emphasizes our intent to deliver the most innovative and intuitive solutions for our customers. Its knowledge, experience and global reach enable Travelport Drive Me to become a great tool when pre-booking car with driver services on behalf of their travelers. It helps agents build a reputation as a 'one-stop-shop' for all their customers' travel needs. It is yet another example of Travelport using its great tech to provide a wide range of travel services".
"Groundspan has working relationships with several of the leading global travel agencies/TMCs that use the Travelport products. We are thrilled to be partnering with a market leader like Travelport to provide the global agency and corporate community with the next generation car service booking tools through Travelport Drive Me. The Travelport/Groundspan partnership automates the booking process for their corporate and retail preferred vendors in one environment making the overall experience for booking ground transportation more efficient and seamless" says Tony Bonanno, President of Groundspan.