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Travelport has renewed its long-term agreement with German rail and logistics firm Deutsche Bahn.
The two companies have worked together for over a decade after founding a distribution and systems partnership in 2001, which led to the creation of Travelport’s ‘Rail Master for DB’ reservation tool.
Rail Master provides DB with a presence in travel agencies and secures the sale of tickets for stations where DB has transferred sales to travel agents.
The system is now deployed in 18 countries outside Germany, including Japan and New Zealand.
Andreas Fuhrmann, DB’s spokesperson for distribution, said: “Travelport’s focus on delivering innovative products and services adds real value to our business and we look forward to being able to work together to further increase revenues and take advantage of new growth opportunities, especially in new countries.”
Travelport’s managing director Simon Ferguson, said: “We know how important it is for DB to open up new growth potential where we can help as a systems partner.
Also, travel agencies require a reliable booking tool, and using Rail Master provides all the functionalities and content to make DB retailing productive.”
Last year, Travelport launched an e-ticketing service for DB, which issues tickets directly to passengers’ smartphones.