NEW: Nordic NDC introduces Mercado Agent, a multi-source booking tool for business travel, to the Nordic markets
Mercado Agent is the first solution in the Nordic markets that allows the booking of airline tickets from NDC, GDS, Direct Connects and Low Cost Carrier channels in one single user interface, developed by German-based technology provider InteRES. Nordic NDC has entered a partnership with InteRES and will be the “Authorized Distribution Partner” of InteRES in the Nordic markets. Mercado Agent will be complemented by the data-exchange tool Atlas, developed by Nordic NDC, to ensure end-to-end business travel procurement flows.
For many years InteRES customers in Central Europe benefit from the single user interface Mercado Agent to book airline tickets via GDS, Low Cost Carrier (LCC) and Direct Connects. With the increasing numbers of airlines now offering non GDS based fares and ancillary services via NDC the demand from the business travel market for multi-source tools in Scandinavia is rising. Thus Nordic NDC and InteRES join forces in the distribution of Mercado Agent in the Nordic and Baltic region as a solution to book airline tickets in multiple sources via one frontend.
The travel agencies’ biggest challenge is to make sure internal work- and data flows remain intact after the introduction of NDC and LCC. Being experts in the total corporate business travel procurement workflow, Nordic NDC has identified and developed the Atlas “data exchange” that can be adapted to any travel agency and corporate customers’ workflow and procurement needs.
Atlas is connected directly to the InteRES Mercado booking engine ensuring the correct flow of booking data into the travel agencies’ back office systems. By implementing the InteRES Mercado front-end tool and Nordic NDC’s Atlas, Nordic travel agencies and corporate customers will have full control and the flexibility to choose the content and booking sources that fit their business model best.
Peter Skieller, CEO and Co-founder of Nordic NDC, says: “With this distribution agreement with InteRES we can offer a market leading online booking tool to the travel agencies and corporate customers. InteRES has for the past years shown, that airline tickets from multiple sources can be booked intuitively in one front-end, and we are really looking forward to introducing NDC to our travel agency partners and the corporate business travel buyer communities in our region. InteRES has built a huge travel industry and airline distribution domain knowledge in the past 20 years that you do not find with many upcoming booking tool providers. The Nordic corporate business travel market expects nothing less than the best.”
Volker Herrmann, CEO of InteRES GmbH adds: “We know that the corporate business travel buyer demand booking solutions for GDS, LCC and NDC content in one frontend and Mercado Agent is already successfully used by our business travel clients in Germany. We could not have found a partner better suited than Nordic NDC to jointly to win customers in the Northern Europe as clients will benefit from their deep knowledge about the business travel market. Our Mercado booking tool gives travel agents and corporate customers the freedom of choice in a market that is strongly controlled by a few major industry players.”
Photo: Volker Herrmann, Managing Director of InteRES, Anke Hsu, Customer Experience Officer of InteRES, Peter Skieller, CEO and Co-Founder of Nordic NDC and Morten Skovby CEO of Consit Gruppen, Co-founder and majority owner of Nordic NDC are looking forward to give joint clients the freedom to book across content sources, whether NDC, Direct Connect or GDS.
About Nordic NDC
Nordic NDC is a company in Consit Gruppen. Consit Gruppen is a leading supplier of IT Business Solutions and Consultant services in the areas of Financial Systems, Business Intelligence, Sales & Marketing Solutions, and electronic document management.
With Nordic NDC we combine the expertise of Consit Gruppen with more than 30 years of expert knowledge on corporate travel procurement, travel technology and TMC business development.
We work directly with airlines, corporate customers, travel agencies and other travel solution providers. Over the years we have built a unique knowledge base within corporate procurement workflows and travel agency operation. This unique knowledge pool positions us as one of the leading experts within NDC and corporate travel distribution in the Nordic region.
We provide consultancy to airlines, travel agencies, corporate customers and travel technology solution providers who wish to focus on NDC in the travel procurement value chain.
For further information, please visit About Nordic NDC
Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, InteRES GmbH is one of the leading technology providers in the travel and tourism sector. Its international customers – which include prominent travel operators, travel agency chains and airlines – all profit from the company’s tailored multi-host solutions and its strong focus on flights.
In addition, InteRES works closely with all types of airlines to provide software-based solutions for creating personalized offers in an NDC-oriented world. InteRES also provides consultant services to airlines in all questions arising on the path to a retail-focused approach.
For further information, please visit www.interes.com