Distribusion and CarTrawler to expand bus transfer solutions for airlines

Berlin & Dublin, 31 January 2017 – Distribusion Technologies, the global aggregator of intercity and shuttle bus services, has today announced its partnership with CarTrawler, the leading online travel technology platform. This deal significantly expands CarTrawler’s range of bus transfer solutions offered to its B2B partners. Distribusion’s pre-bookable bus transfers will be merchandised within CarTrawler’s dedicated ancillary revenue platform for airlines. This new pre-paid bus content is available to all one hundred of CarTrawler’s airline partners and 2,000 online travel retailers as part of their travel itinerary, with immediate effect.

Distribusion offers its partners millions of airport shuttle and intercity bus rides across thousands of global destinations at the best price. Through CarTrawler’s airline ancillary merchandising platform, customers have full visibility of scheduled travel information including supplier name and ‘included services’ that customers can expect on a journey, such as availability of in-bus WiFi and power sockets. Open tickets provide customers with 24 hour flexibility before and after the departure time of their flight, making this an ideal solution for airlines.

Announcing the launch, Julian Hauck, CEO of Distribusion, said:

“We are very excited to launch this partnership with CarTrawler. Today, customers expect more than just a flight or a hotel, but rather a complete end-to-end travel arrangement. With airport shuttles and intercity bus rides, airline customers now benefit from the cheapest available option to get to and from the airport, city centre or any other destination close-by. Combining flight and bus bookings enables travellers a seamless way of booking their entire journey.”

Tommi Holmgren, Director of Ground Transportation at CarTrawler, said:

“It’s an exciting time for the travel industry. Invisible boundaries that used to exist between products and services have now all but vanished, opening up new opportunities across every segment of the travel industry. With the widening of our existing bus transfers product, alongside car rental, taxi, private transfer and train solutions, our travel partners no longer need to leak customers to other websites nor are they forced to work directly with them, exposing their valuable customer data”.

“Our service, like our customer’s journey, doesn’t start and end at the airport. We continue to invest in our technology and expand our customer offering. Pre-booking offers peace of mind to customers, helping them to plan their travel arrangements from door to door, however they choose to travel” he added.

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About Distribusion Technologies:
Distribusion, the leading global distributor (GDS) for airport shuttle and intercity bus rides, enables travel retailers (travel metas, OTAs, airlines, other GDSs) to connect with airport shuttle and bus operators worldwide. The portfolio of 4 million bus rides of 200+ operators to 2,000+ destinations and 200+ airports make Distribusion the market leader in Europe. Today, online retailers with 60+ million visitors per month and 15.000 travel agencies worldwide trust Distribusion’s innovative technology for easy online and offline bus ticket sales to their customers. Bus operators benefit from a full booking solution including rides management, distribution, global ticketing, payment, and settlement services.

About CarTrawler:
CarTrawler connects business and leisure customers and online travel retailers with more road and rail transport solutions than they will find anywhere else. Over 95 international airlines and 2,000 travel retailers around the world trust CarTrawler to provide their customers with real-time access to over 1,600 leading and independent car rental agents, coach transfers, rail networks and chauffeur drive services at 42,000 locations in 174 countries. Its in-house booking engine gives it the opportunity to easily and quickly scale to accommodate customer demand. CarTrawler also owns and operates the Cabforce, Holiday Autos and arguscarhire.com brands. The company headquarters and Customer Centre of Excellence are located in Dublin, Ireland, with additional offices in Boston, London and Helsinki. CarTrawler is private equity backed by BC Partners and Insight Venture Partners. For further information, please visit www.cartrawler.com

For information on Distribusion, please visit www.distribusion.com or contact Pierre Becher, Head of Marketing, Telephone +49 30 346 5507 58, Email press@distribusion.com

For information on CarTrawler, please visit www.cartrawler.com or contact Evelyn Byrne, Communications Manager:  Telephone: +353 1 218 3843, Email: ebyrne@cartrawler.com