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Travelport has announced a new global agreement with payment management company Conferma.
The deal combines Travelport’s Smartpoint point-of-sale technology with Conferma’s hotel billback using Virtual Card Numbers.
Through a phased program of launches globally, hotel billback will allow Travel Management Companies (TMCs) to centrally settle hotel bookings using a Conferma-powered Virtual Card Number issued by a variety of providers, including banks and Travelport’s BtoB payments business, eNett.
The solution means that there are no changes to standard booking and payment workflows but there is enhanced automation and all the improved security and reconciliations that the use of Virtual Cards provides.
Additionally, the combined Travelport-Conferma approach means that booking and custom reference data specific to individual corporations is captured at the point-of-sale.
Niklas Andréen, SVP of hospitality and digital media for Travelport, said: “This partnership with Conferma further extends the capability of our industry-leading Travelport Smartpoint point-of-sale, which gives TMCs the opportunity to increase efficiency when paying providers through virtual cards.
“It also provides more opportunities for the use of eNett via the Conferma platform by customers as well as other banks and service providers. The hotel billback process has long been in need of improvement and our work with Conferma now addresses this.”
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