Travelport Acquires Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd

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UK: Travelport Worldwide Limited, a Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, has acquired Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd (MTT), a private company based in Dublin, Ireland.

MTT provides a mobile travel platform and product set that allows airlines, hotels, corporate travel management companies and travel agencies to engage with their customers through sophisticated, tailored mobile services including apps, mobile web and intelligent mobile messaging. MTT’s mobile apps and services are then delivered, under the customer brand, to smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, including the Apple Watch.

Its clients include some of travel’s most progressive companies such as easyJet, Singapore Airlines, Saudia, BCD Travel, Capita Travel and Events and the LATAM Airlines Group.

MTT services include mobile search, booking and check-in as well as products such as MTT Engage, which provides real-time, personalized messages and offers to the traveller, and MTT Concierge Live, which delivers a “day of travel” experience via a traveller’s mobile device including live, contextual travel updates and airport guidance.

In 2014, mobile commerce accounted for around one third of all e-commerce transactions globally (source: Criteo); air ticket transactions are predicted to grow from just under 200 million in 2014 to over 540 million by 2018, with transaction value increasing from US$52 billion to US$145 billion for the same period (source: Juniper).

Gordon Wilson, Travelport’s President and CEO, commented:
“It is a natural extension of Travelport’s strategy of redefining travel commerce to have acquired, what we believe to be, the largest and most successful company focused on delivering sophisticated mobile services and apps to the travel industry. Adding MTT as an expanded capability to our existing travel commerce platform extends our reach further, and at the higher value add end of the service spectrum for our airline, hotel, travel management company and travel agency clients.

We will run MTT as a wholly owned subsidiary of Travelport, retaining existing CEO, Gerry Samuels, along with his senior team, so that they can maintain their singular focus on the mobile sector and the deep seated customer relationships they build.”

Gerry Samuels, MTT’s CEO, added:
“Becoming part of the Travelport family will enable MTT to accelerate what we are already doing in the travel industry – bringing cutting edge mobile innovations to airlines and travel intermediaries so that they can better serve the end traveller with innovative and personalised mobile services that transform the travel experience.”