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TAAI partners with TPConnects for TAAI-Connect initiative

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The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has partnered with TPConnects to roll out its ‘Digital Travel India’ initiative – digitally empowering travel agents to compete in the global market place.

Through the TAAI initiative, travel agencies in India will be provided with their own websites, mobile applications, corporate booking tool and B2B platform. This will all be powered by TPConnects’ scalable NDC standard full backend and internet booking engine with payment gateway. TPConnects will also provide technical support. There will be no upfront charges, just a nominal per passenger transaction fee.

TAAI connect in partnership with TPConnects IATA NDC standard B2B and B2C platform will help travel agencies and online travel agencies to better service their customers. The platform enables travel agencies to have access to rich content as well as ancillary options. Travellers will be able to have their preferences recognized when shopping via a travel agency’s or online travel site in the same way that they are available on an airline’s website – a service that may not be directly available to agents today owing to technology limitations.

Sunil Kumar R, President – TAAI, said: “TPConnects will ensure that all travel services are made available to customers electronically and accessible through individual travel agency websites and mobile applications, along with IATA NDC standard booking engine.”

Many travel agencies currently lack a proper website and mobile application. This partnership will enable them to be online and visible within the next two years, with tailor-made travel offers providing more choices to end-customers.

Elaborating further Rajendran Vellapalath, CEO of TPConnects said: “To compete in today’s market travel agencies need to have access to the advantages that a digital operation provides. This initiative will create those opportunities for travel agencies, not just locally but on a global scale.  We will see big changes in India’s travel industry over the next two years.”