News in brief from ITP, HRG and Cobham, Sabre and JAL Hotels
ITP strengthens African presence
International Travel Partnership (ITP) has added O-Voyages Togo to its international travel agent network, strengthening its presence in Africa.
ITP said Togo-based O-Voyages, its first partner in French-speaking Africa, was a "business market leader."
Togo is the fourth African country to be represented by ITP along with Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt.
HRG secures Cobham contract
HRG has retained its contract with aerospace and defence company Cobham plc which it has held since 2006.
The TMC said Cobham would continue to use its "classic" service for booking air, rail and ground travel, and also hotel rooms.
Chris Fry, commercial director for HRG, said "strong relationships combined with tangible measures of success" were becoming increasingly important to its clients.
Cobham's finance director Paul Long said the decision to stay with HRG was based on "confidence, trust and commercial savings."
Cobham, based in the UK, employs around 12,000 worldwide.
JAL Hotels switches to Sabre GDS
Japanese hotel chain JAL Hotels has switched its 58 hotels to the Sabre-owned SynXis RedX distribution system.
The move allows JAL Hotels to seamlessly connect on to global distribution services (GDSs), internet distribution systems (IDSs) and online bookings via its website.
SynXis works with a Guest Connect booking engine and voice service offering multiple languages including English and Arabic.
SynXis is part of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, itself owned by parent company Sabre Holdings.
Through this relationship JAL will be able to work with other Sabre-owned companies such as Sabre Travel Network and Travelocity.