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They came, they coded, they conquered - The Tnooz THack Bangalore

Saturday 6th Dec 9am - The Tnooz THack event, hosted in Bangalore, kicked off with only 100 seats available. The event was FREE for anyone to compete and with over 250 developers registering, demand was high and seats were snapped up from those who registered first. The event was held at the Holiday IQ office in Bangalore and sponsored by Travelport.

Registration followed with introductions and details of the hack from the sponsors, and Gene Quinn and Martin Cowen of Tnooz. Four industry challenges to make travel more compelling, easier and fun were presented:

  • Travel wear: Create an innovation with wearable tech that tracks and shares travel
  • Wings, wheels & beyond: Build a travel experience to India or from India using three or more modes of transport to complete the journey
  • Personalization: cool, not creepy: Combine profile data, geo-location and social media to create a personalized travel experience
  • Think mobile, act local … Build a mobile application that supports and enhances the traveler’s journey - somewhere in India

Jan-Paul Ephithite, Senior Product Manager - Open Platform attended on behalf of Travelport and shared details of Travelport Universal API, offering developers free test access to use during the event. "It was a privilege to experience how India is taking its rightful place as a powerhouse of travel technology development. Innovative ideas, very skillful programmers and a very collaborative atmosphere were the ingredients that made this a memorable weekend", he said.

To shake things up, Travelport with support from their local distribution partner - InterGlobe Technologies, provided their own challenge two months prior to the hack, with free test access provided to those who registered. Based on Travelport’s Flex Explore solution, available through Travelport Universal API, developers were challenge to:

  • Create a standalone web-responsive, multiplatform, inspirational search IBE
  • Include a complete search, price and book workflow
  • Add the ability to include a Travelport Rooms and More hotel booking to the preferred flight option
  • Include an infrastructure for adding a local payment gateway
  • Provide the option to be utilized as an agent's primary IBE or as a compliment to their existing point-to-point IBE solution

Leading up to and during the event, Travelport was on hand to assist in the development of a solution using Travelport Universal API.

Winners of the Travelport challenge: Pictured - Gene Quinn CEO & co-founder of Tnooz, Jan-Paul Ephithite, Senior Product Manager - Open Platform, Travelport and winners - WebCRS (CRS Technologies).

They came, they coded, they conquered
WebCRS (CRS Technologies) was crowned the winner of the Travelport challenge with a year membership to the Travelport Developer Network and access to the full suite of Travelport APIs worth nearly $12,000. The runner up, team Mango Tadka (Fine Tech) was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

The other winners of the Bangalore THack challenge included a few individual developers like Dikshant Shahi who won $2000 for a chat semantic search application that presents the lowest fares available between any two points in India. To find out more about Universal API and its functionality click here.

Meet the Travelport team – Five minutes with Jan-Paul Ephithite, Senior Product Manager – Open Platform

Joining Travelport over ten years ago, JP is a member of the global Developer Tools team in Stockholm – the "Ikea capital of the world." JP and his team support the production and enhancement of many Travelport products, including Travelport Universal API.

Describing his role as a link between the technical product managers, the commercial team and customers, JP supports the commercial team to communicate the opportunities available with the open platform enabler, Travelport Universal API.

With Universal API now available in over 100 countries, JP meets with a magnitude of customers to convey how Travelport products can meet their specific requirements, and how we can align future development to their traveler's future needs.

When asked what exciting new content and functionality customers can look forward to, JP explains, "We've recently launched the new Universal API demo site which is a valuable and very cool tool. It can demonstrate where the information is returned within our XML responses and how this could be presented on an agency or customer-facing site. In terms of content, we've just launched Travelport Rooms and More content via Universal API, this means over 440,000 extra unique properties available alongside the current 110,000 available. The site is also a great way for customers to understand the richness of ancillary services available too. These can really increase upsell opportunities and commission."

Launched in December 2014, the Universal API demo presents a live and tangible experience of the value that Universal API can bring to our customers. Click here to find out more.

Before joining Travelport as sales director for the Nordics, JP was the sales and marketing director for both Scandic Hotels and TUI (based in Europe).

In his spare time between travelling and looking after a family of four, JP plays basketball and sings in a band, 'rocking' for over 12 years. The band is called Midlife Crisis, and he jokes, "it's been a long crisis."

Experience a world of content through one API - the new Universal API demo site

Through Travelport Universal API, you can connect to the unrivalled travel content and functionality we've aggregated into one single source. Our Universal API allows you to access content from the world's travel providers for over 400 airlines including over 80 low cost carriers, 110,000 hotels available from Travelport's core system and an additional 440,000 unique properties such as hostels and boutique hotels from Travelport Rooms and More, 30 car and 12 high-speed rail providers. Recently, Travelport added branded fares and ancillary services to the abundance of content and functionality available through our open platform.

Decoding the traveler's booking experience
Our newly launched Universal API demo site offers both live and pre-production search functionalities incorporating XML samples. The live production environment provides a window view of XML samples while the pre-production environment demonstrates a complete booking flow example. A GUI interface provides a visual example of how content could be displayed while the XML transactions support what you see on the screen.

Travelport demonstrates where information is returned within XML responses and shows how this could be presented on a customer-facing site.

Simplifying the complexity of content integration
The demo site makes the daunting complexity of branded fares and ancillary services visual and accessible. Displaying live aggregated multi-modal shopping, you can:

  • View examples of our branded fares and ancillary services in live production.
  • Experience the true value of our air flex shopping products including; Flex Explore both from an inspirational and high season conversion perspective, or Flexible Rates and Flexible Dates (+/-3).
  • Test how Travelport e-Pricing Meta functionality can deliver the relevant results you need for the meta channel and your mobile platform
  • Search the breadth and depth of our hotel offering with the combination of over 100,000 hotels in our GDS and an additional 440,000 additional properties available via Travelport Rooms and More content?

To learn more, visit the Universal API demo site here.

Travelport Worldwide Limited Announces Pricing of Its Initial Public Offering of Common Shares

Sep 24, 2014

Travelport Worldwide Limited ("Travelport" or "the Company") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering (the "Offering") of 30,000,000 common shares at a price to the public of $16 per share. The shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will trade under the ticker symbol "TVPT" beginning on September 25, 2014.  Travelport has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 4,500,000 common shares.

Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank Securities are serving as joint book-running managers for the Offering. Cowen and Company, Evercore, Jefferies, Sandford C. Bernstein and William Blair are serving as co-managers for the Offering.

The offering of these securities is being made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from the offices of: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department; UBS Securities LLC, 299 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10171, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by telephone at 1-877-827-7275 Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, New York, 10010, or by telephone at 1-800-221-1037, or by email at newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com; or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, or by telephone at 1-800-503-4611, or by email at prospectus.cpdg@db.com

A registration statement relating to the common shares has been filed with, and on September 24, 2014 was declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described above, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

What do you get when you put 50 software hackers in a room for the weekend?

Ted Beatie, Partner Technical Specialist, Travelport, shares his experience in attending the San Francisco Tnooz THack.

Answer: Over 15 proofs-of-concept travel applications in under 30 hours! This past weekend, the third TNooz THack at the San Francisco airport was held. Travelport was an API sponsor, alongside other GDSs, Expedia, and Concur.

The event opened on Saturday morning with sponsor introductions and team selection, followed immediately by intense hacking. While airport regulations require the room close at 10pm, it didn't stop attendees from taking their hacking elsewhere – to coffee shops, nearby hotels, or other quiet corners of the airport.

Sunday morning saw sleep-deprived teams finish their coding and start work on their afternoon presentations. Among them were such hacks as Apple Watch integrations of flight information and boarding passes; local interests and activities based on Facebook profiles; a Chrome extension that displayed random inspirational travel destination photos paired with lowest airfare; an IBE that blended airfares and local tours; multi-modal travel search that included rental cars and local taxis; a Fitbit mashup with Concur for suggested running routes around hotels; and another watch integration for taking advantage of the off-ship time for cruises by suggesting itineraries during port stops.

Of particular interest was a small team from Seattle. With an innovative approach to "find the cheapest place to fly among a group of geographically dispersed travelers", they combined the air fares of all travelers and divided the total cost among each one, so those flying from the farthest location were not at a disadvantage. By utilizing Travelport Universal API's powerful low fare search function – Flex Explore – the project called 'Flock' won the $1000 Travelport prize and a valuable one year membership in the Travelport Developer Network. To find out more about Tnooz's THack San Francisco event click here.

Travelport is also sponsorship Tnooz THack Bangalore. In addition to the challenges set by Tnooz for their weekend competition, running 6th and 7th December, Travelport is setting our own unique extended challenge running from 7th October – 7th December. The challenge is to create, based on Travelport's Flex Explore solution, accessible via Travelport Universal API a standalone web-responsive, mulit-platform, inspirational Search IBE. Final hacks will be presented at the THack presentation event on 7th December. Click here to find out more about the Travelport Developer challenge in India.

"It's the perfect way to introduce developers to Travelport's technology, as well as the fun of competing against other developers" says Kevin May, Editor and Co-Founder of Tnooz.com. Anyone who wants to take part in the slightly, more frantic 24-hour hackathon in December is welcome. "We wish all attendees the best of luck and look forward to seeing the results of their efforts in Bangalore," adds Phil Donathy, Product Director, Travelport.

Measure twice and cut (code) once...

Both Ali and Daniel are Partner Technical Specialists for Europe, Middle East and Africa within Travelport's Partnerships and Alliances group.

Their team is responsible for supporting members of the Travelport Developer Network; and Ali and Daniel work specifically with developers from prospect stage through to application delivery, helping them become full members of the Developer Network and build commercially available products using Travelport technology. Ali explains, "My specific role is to work alongside developers, providing technical assistance with Travelport APIs or SDKs, such as Travelport Universal API, Travelport Galileo Web Services, Travelport Smartpoint Software Development Kit (SDK) and Travelport Universal Desktop."

Before joining Travelport, Daniel worked with the Thomas Cook Group, helping to design, develop and support B2B and B2C platforms as well as create the XML API for Hotels4u.com and Medhotels.com (part of Thomas Cook Group). Daniel worked with numerous travel technology providers, third party suppliers and developers, and has extensive experience in design and development of travel e-commerce solutions and technologies. Prior to his current position at Travelport, Ali was a solutions developer, providing custom solutions through Travelport Smartpoint for large travel management companies including Hogg Robinson Group, BCD Travel, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Before this, he was a software engineer and solution consultant for Emirates, working on their booking engine.

When asked what tops their bucket list, Ali's aim is to reach the cricket world cup when Australia hosts the event in 2015 – though he emphasizes watching, not playing. Collectively, Daniel and Ali are keen to take to the skies to learn to fly a small aircraft.

When asked to share any tips for those coding, Daniel said "Measure twice and cut (code) once." He adds, "Smart coding means you end up writing lesser lines." Ali said, "I would encourage anyone coding to always start thinking and designing before writing the code."

See Ali code and build a Travelport Smartpoint plugin in less than 30 minutes, plus information on how to get started with Travelport Smartpoint here.

Travelport Universal API launches in India

Technology that will enable developers to build next generation travel applications and tools

Bangalore, India, 30th September 2014: Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, last week launched its industry-leading Travelport Universal API (Application Programming Interface) to developers and customers in India.

Over the course of the week, Travelport delivered a number of workshops and presentations as part of the launch in both Delhi (Wednesday 24th September) and in Bangalore (Thursday 25th & Friday 26th September).

Now available in 100 countries, Travelport Universal API is the industry's first truly Universal API that aggregates content from its Travel Commerce Platform, including airfares, airline merchandising and ancillary content, hotels, car and rail content, and makes it available to developers creating their own travel applications through a single connection. The technology also enables developers to access and integrate multiple content sources by writing code to only one solution thereby allowing travel agencies to quickly and efficiently develop and differentiate their offering and enabling independent software developers to efficiently build their own travel applications.

As well as giving access to multiple sources of content through one connection, the Universal API also allows developers to access all the necessary business logic to make booking travel efficient such as search, pricing and profiling functionality as well as products such as Flex Explore, Travelport Merchandising Platform and Travelport Rooms and More.

Mr. Rabih Saab, Travelport's President and Managing Director, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, commented, "We are delighted to launch the Travelport Universal API in India and know that developers in this region see real value in this technology which helps them develop innovative, next generation new travel web sites, apps and other solutions quickly and efficiently."

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Parashar, President and CEO, InterGlobe Technology Quotient Pvt. Ltd, added, "The launch of the Travelport Universal API in India has the potential to unlock innovative development in the region and is the only API of its kind that aggregates travel content from multiple sources and make it available through a single source."

A complete development resource center is accessible through a single dedicated developer website www.developer.travelport.com to support integration and implementation.

Introducing a new world of content

Travelport Universal API enables software specialists Vibe to build booking solutions that deliver an unprecedented level of content from around the globe – all via a single interface

Launched in 2007 as an off shoot of travel specialists P&P Associates, Vibe Software Ltd delivers both front and mid-off ice technology to online travel agencies, call centers, consolidators, retail agencies and travel management companies – all built using its standalone Vibe Engine platform.

As the company has grown with new clients, including household names such as Asda Travel, Emirates Holidays and London City Airport, so has its use of Travelport Universal API. Universal API aggregates a vast range of content from multiple data sources and makes it available through a single-source API connection. Vibe was one of the first in the UK to use the technology in response to a customer's need for a more comprehensive booking solution. The company has since built an effective and dynamic partnership with Travelport.

New client, new solution

"We won a new business contract with dnata – quite a large customer – and wanted to integrate content from both the Travelport Worldspan and Travelport Galileo GDS, to offer the best possible booking solution," explains Matthew Chapman, Vibe's Chief Technical Officer. "The single connection solution that Universal API provides was a great help in winning that business as it provided quick access to a wide range of content and functionality, allowing us to provide dnata and other customers with comprehensive booking solutions."

"We spoke to Travelport and were advised that Universal API was launching and it would be a major product," says Matthew. "So we began our integration of Universal API into our Internet booking engine (IBE). It removed the need to develop multiple booking solutions in order to incorporate different GDS technologies." Universal API provides a single connection for all Travelport's content offerings, significantly lowering the integration time and cost for each content source.

Universal API and Travelport's Open Platform architecture are designed