Travelport has joined global sustainable travel coalition, Travalyst, as part of the company’s commitment to driving sustainability forward in travel retailing.
The travel tech company will also implement the Travalyst data methodology and will build capabilities in the Travelport+ platform to help its travel management company and agency customers accelerate sustainable travel by providing them the tools to effectively sell the most eco-friendly offers and report on sustainability.
Joining some of the world’s largest travel and tourism platforms and service providers – Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com Group, Tripadvisor and Visa – and recently joined partners, to actively collaborate in resolving the industry’s greatest challenges in sustainable travel, Travelport will focus on delivering universal transparent reporting on emissions and sustainability efforts to enable travel retailers, corporates and travellers to choose the most sustainable trip options.
Travelport’s decision for joining the Travalyst coalition is to take an active role in the collaboration to drive the industry reporting standards needed in empowering travel agents and managers.
“As the newest member of the Travalyst coalition, Travelport will bring invaluable knowledge and expertise in helping us drive mass adoption of sustainability standards with its integral role connecting agencies and suppliers,” said Travelyst CEO, Sally Davey.
Travelport also recently joined the GBTA Sustainability programme alongside global travel industry leaders such as American Express Global Business Travel, Delta Airlines, Hilton and SAP Concur. Its participation in the sustainability leadership council will help guide GBTA’s efforts, define priority areas for collaborative and global action, and help the business travel industry contribute to climate action and corporate responsibility.
As a founding member, Travelport’s product and technology leaders will play an active role in driving initiatives to inform and empower the corporate travel sector with better sustainable travel options for businesses.
Tom Kershaw, chief product and technology officer at Travelport said: “Travelport is making great strides in modernising travel retailing with its Travelport+ platform, which can help retailers determine the best eco-friendly travel itineraries.”
In addition, Travelport recently established a new sustainability office within its product strategy team, prioritising sustainability across product roadmaps and future development. Its product and technology team will incorporate sustainability data to enhance search and shopping capabilities in the Travelport+ platform.
The new sustainable shopping and reporting features will roll out in 2023 and will help travel retailers become more informed so they can easily book the eco-friendliest options for their travellers.
Travelport will also explore opportunities to combat challenges with data integration and neutralising the negative impacts of emissions.