BCD Travel launches the SolutionSource® Developer Hub, empowering travel technology providers to build for the future
The Developer Hub provides access to BCD’s open travel technology platform
ATLANTA, October 17, 2019 — Leading global travel management company BCD Travel today introduced the SolutionSource® Developer Hub. The innovative new hub gives technology creators APIs and developer tools they can leverage to build corporate travel solutions tailored for BCD Travel clients. The new Developer Hub initiates a significant next phase of SolutionSource, a platform introduced in February 2018 to provide partners access to BCD technology and a marketplace of third-party solutions to corporate travel customers.
“By investing in APIs and providing open access to our platform, we eliminate the most important challenge faced by travel technology developers,” said Irina Matz, BCD Travel Senior Director of SolutionSource. “Giving developers access to modern tools and technology allows them to build and deliver solutions catered to the specific needs of our customers.”
At launch, the Developer Hub provides access to five of BCD Travel’s APIs, as well as data extracts to authorized developers — who include startups, established technology providers, online booking tools (OBTs), and even clients wanting to build their own solutions. Developers will be able to learn about BCD’s APIs and other standard data delivery methods, view detailed technical documentation and access sample code.
Through BCD’s APIs, developers have access to shopping and booking capabilities, and itinerary and traveler profile information. Built on top of BCD’s proprietary technology stack, the APIs let developers harness the power of BCD’s multi-source booking repository, content hub, and policy rules engine. The result: highly specialized solutions that integrate with both BCD systems and customer programs — driving change in areas such as cost savings, duty of care and traveler experience.
“As the corporate travel industry continues to evolve, the technology that supports it needs to change as well. BCD Travel is expanding our focus to a much broader range of digital services that use global operating models and technology platforms to enable a unified customer experience,” says Yannis Karmis, BCD Travel Senior Vice President of Product Planning and Development. “At BCD Travel, we are prioritizing investment in developer tools. The same APIs we use to power our own core solutions — traveler itineraries, shopping and booking, traveler engagement — are the ones we are making available to external consumers, through the Developer Hub.”
BCD Travel’s open platform approach supports and encourages innovation, and collaboration and addresses the four areas that most impact our customers, and corporate travel in general:
- Digital traveler experience
- Distribution simplification
- Data-driven innovation
- Delivery of global platforms
The SolutionSource marketplace currently includes 19 authorized travel technology partners who have been integrated into 300 travel programs. To shop the marketplace, visit solutionsource.bcdtravel.com. To learn more about the Developer Hub, visit developer.bcdtravel.com.
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 14,900 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2019 sales of US$27.5 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.
About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 15,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$30 billion in 2019, including US$10.9 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.