Travelport and Unique Caribbean Holidays Ltd, trading as Sandals and Beaches Resorts, have announced their first-ever GDS deal. Last month UCHL began offering ‘Luxury Included’ holidays to Sandals and Beaches Resorts, direct to the trade for the first time. This agreement will now enable agents to compare and select flights alongside Sandals resort packages.
UCHL offers a diverse collection of 20 properties in seven countries: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Turks & Caicos Islands. Sandals and Beaches Resorts prides itself on offering more inclusions than anywhere else worldwide, as well as unrivalled product innovations within the region, including the Caribbean’s first Over the Water Suites that recently launched in Jamaica and St Lucia.
Through its debut agreement to connect to Travelport, UCHL can further differentiate its offer by providing comprehensive pre-packaged holidays, rather than obliging agents to go directly to each airline website to piece together a travel itinerary. With Travelport, agents can offer a more personalised travel experience based on information beyond just rate and availability and build the Sandals and Beaches brands by meeting the expectations of the always-connected consumer.
Karl Thompson, Managing Director, UCHL, said: “We are delighted to have struck our inaugural GDS partnership with Travelport. We are confident that Travelport’s industry-leading technology will help differentiate our Luxury Included packages from competing resorts by providing agents with the comprehensive flight and ancillary options expected by our customers.”
Paul Broughton, Managing Director, Travelport UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted that UCHL has recognised Travelport’s air merchandising platform capabilities to enable it to market and sell more effectively to agents and travellers. We are looking forward to supporting UCHL as it continues to differentiate its brand and grow its business.”