JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and Capital Car Hire, a leading South African car rental company, have signed a multi-year distribution agreement representing the first ever GDS agreement for Capital Car Hire. Capital Car Hire was founded in 2000 and has grown from a regional car rental company to a major industry player in South Africa, now boasting a fleet of over 500 cars.
The new agreement will see Capital Car Hire’s content available for the first time to over 68,000 Travelport-connected travel agencies across the globe who will now have the ability to search, sell and book its cars through their preferred workflows. Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform is accessed by travel agents via its innovative point of sale solution, Travelport Smartpoint, and also to online travel agencies and corporate booking tools via Travelport’s Universal API. The Travel Commerce Platform offers an extensive choice of travel content including the fares and ancillaries from over 400 of the world’s leading airlines and low cost carriers, as well as a choice of over 650,000 hotel properties and 36,000 car rental locations. This unrivalled travel content, along with its award-winning technology, brings multiple benefits to both agents and their customers in the travel booking process.
Vinesh Reathlall, Managing Director at Capital Car Hire, said: “Our business has branches all around South Africa and offers quality services at reasonable prices. We strongly believe that Travelport’s industry leading technology, and extensive network of agency users around the world, will help us sell more and grow our revenues.”
Douglas Jewson, Managing Director, Travelport Africa, commented: “We are delighted that Capital Car Hire, a leading player in the South African car rental industry is now a Travelport customer having identified the value our technology and network of agency customers can bring its business. The company’s offering now becomes available to both travel agents and travellers worldwide and I’m confident it will help them achieve their growth targets and also raise their brand around the world. We’re very pleased to be the only distribution platform they have selected to use and gives us another industry-first in South Africa."