Travelport Adds Eco-Care to Its Services

In December, Travelport GDS announced a global marketing alliance with the Hotel Carbon Index Co. Ltd. to employ the latter's CarePar ("carbon emissions per available room") system that gathers carbon emissions data and calculates either emissions per available hotel room per day, or emissions per function room per half-day.

As a global distribution system (GDS), Travelport operates both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, providing real-time travel information and booking capabilities to online and offline travel agencies in over 145 countries. It also runs Travelport Business Intelligence, which provides marketing and other critical data to the industry, and IT Services & Software, which offers mission-critical reservations, related software, and services management to leading airlines.

As part of the agreement, Travelport will include CarePar hotel data in its products, including Carbon Tracker. The integration of CarePar and Carbon Tracker will allow corporations to look at the full carbon footprints of travel itineraries that also include data on air travel and ground transportation. This helps companies benchmark the success of their corporate social responsibility programs.

"This landmark agreement within the GDS industry comes at a time when hotels, corporations, and travelers the world over are looking to get behind programs that are better for the environment," said Peter Ducker, founder of the Hotel Carbon Index Co. "This is another bold initiative by Travelport that will lead the hotel sector into a regime of benchmarking and measuring emissions, and help hotels and their guests calculate their true carbon footprints."

Originally published Jan. 5, 2009