TravelgateX and Expedia Group Partner Solutions have worked together for the past 3 years. Last year both companies further strengthened their ties when Expedia chose TravelgateX to be the launch platform partner for the release of their new API, EPS Rapid.
TravelgateX’s Jose Díaz, (Chief Commercial Officer) and Kieron Tweedie (Integrations Product Manager) joined Ian Knox (VP Products) and Fritz Oberhummer (Director Account Management Platforms) from Expedia Group Partner Solutions in this case study, which provided valuable insight on the whole integration process.
Jose and Kieron concluded that the experience of participating in the EPS Certified Partnership brought the following advantages:
- Exclusive access to expertise within Expedia Partner Solutions. From optimizing our integration through to receiving marketing and analytics support, we are able to make the most of our EPS partnership and grow together.
- We are able to leverage the EPS brand in our own marketing. This has allowed us to distinguish ourselves from our competitors and build more partnerships with other travel industry players.
- Participation in the EPS ‘Think Tanks’ program. This gives us the opportunity to understand what is coming our way in the future, as well as influence EPS’ roadmap by shaping future improvements and product development.
As explained by Kieron Tweedie, “we were an early adopter of EPS Rapid API because we could see its benefits right from the start. From a client’s perspective, they are able to manage their credentials and the different forms of payments in a much more efficient way.
Requesting rates according to a specific source market is also going to be a lot simpler. Overall, clients will have a lot more control over what and how they are sending requests to the RapidAPI via our platform”.
Jose Díaz remarked that “working with EPS is all about taking a pioneering approach to technology and a partnership approach to service, and that really resonates with us. In business terms, we want to work and partner with the best. EPS are the best in the business. It gives us great confidence in the competitiveness and reliability of our own offering, which in turn means that we can serve our partners better”.
TravelgateX, located in ParcBit, Palma de Mallorca, is an international company that develops technology for tourism connections within the travel industry. With a single integration, it provides access to the largest network of suppliers and buyers in the world. TravelgateX started back in 2012 with the aim of being a technological partner for travel agencies, tour operators, receptive, wholesalers or any other tourist product company.
TravelgateX has partners in all continents and in more than 30 countries. Currently, it provides 3,000 active connections between buyers and sellers, generating over 2 billion searches per day, which in turn translates into more than 20,000 daily bookings.
The total revenue handled last year through all our partners was around 3,200 million euros. In the next 2 years, the company expects to have over 5,000 members connected and expand its commercial offering to include integrations to other product lines such as flights, car rentals, ferries, trains, transfers, activities, packages and payment gateway.