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Travelport is setting up new business operations for the first
time in Kazakhstan.
Global Travel Distribution Kazakhstan LLP, an
enterprise of Singapore-based Global Travel Services and an
existing Travelport distributor in four countries, will provide
local travel agents with access to the Galileo and Worldspan GDS
platforms and technology as well as offer customer support.
Travelport’s entrance into Kazakhstan follows
the earlier announcement of a long-term content agreement with
national carrier Air Astana, which designated Travelport as one of
its “competitive booking sources” in February this year.
The new operations will be led by Khwaja M.
Emran ul Haque, head of airlines services & product, and Daraz
Mahmud, head of subscriber services at Global Travel Distribution. Haque
has a wealth of travel and
management-related experience having worked in the industry for 14
years, notably managing Travelport’s distribution activities in
Bangladesh, whereas Mahmud has effectively headed up subscriber
services in Nepal.
“This new partnership marks an important
milestone for Travelport, strengthening our presence in one of
Central Asia’s biggest and most important territories while at the
same time providing increased, localised support to our travel
agency customers," said Gavin Teale, head of distributor partners,
Europe. “Emran and Daraz’s highly relevant travel expertise in
this region make both individuals xcellent candidates to lead our
respective local operations here.”