Travelport has launched Travelport+, which it calls its next-generation platform. The company said the platform is the centerpiece of its new global strategy and is designed to accelerate industry innovation in multi-source content distribution, travel retailing and value generation. Travelport+, said the company, will create a simplified, capability-rich marketplace for travel retailing. As travel distribution has evolved, according to a statement, retrofitting new types of distribution into existing platforms has led to increased complexity across the industry, slowing progress. Travelport+, said the statement, “is a true multi-source platform offering more dynamic, differentiated, retail-ready content, delivering better choices for retailers and consumers, in a faster, frictionless way.”

Greg Webb, CEO, said travel hasn’t kept up with the evolution of modern digital retail and today, “the buying and selling of travel is more complex than it needs to be.” He said that by bringing together the best of Travelport's existing capabilities and tools and driving innovation to deliver the unmet needs of the industry, Travelport+ “truly changes the game in the speed of delivery of modern travel retail and offers a fundamental upgrade to travel technology.” Among the features of Travelport+ are a modern, lightweight, highly functional lightweight microservices API, complete with NDC content; enhanced airline ticket exchange tools; a trip container to manage all aspects of the trip; and a sophisticated point-of-sale solution to address the needs of the professional travel agent.