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FTG brings risk assessment to tech to members

First Travel Group has brought GOPASS Global’s pre-travel risk assessment technology to its national network of 47 shareholding members and across its independent network.

Through the partnership, First Travel agencies have access to accurate and up-to-date information about Covid travel impacts from 35 global data sources, in near real time, so they can plan travel safely for their customers.

As well as the latest destination facts on border restrictions, quarantine requirements and safety protocols, including the trans-Tasman bubble, GOPASS identifies the risk associated with transit points, airports, airlines, aircraft type and even the choice of seat. It provides travel planners with a quantifiable risk score for each itinerary.

First Travel Group CEO Malcolm MacLeod says the partnership brings extra value to the alliance.

‘GOPASS Global not only provides our members with up to the minute data on the global Covid situation, it also gives our customers the ability to evaluate the risk in every country, city and airport they visit and every airline and aircraft type they fly on.’

Launched late last year, GOPASS Global has already announced partnership deals with GDS and Sabre, as well as TMCs in the UK, Europe and North America.

‘Travel brands are appreciating how our technology can help them navigate their way through a bewildering and ever-changing maze of information about Covid impacts on travel,’ says GOPASS global director of distribution Dave Simmons.

‘This is important for all travellers but especially for corporate travel, given that new health and safety regulations place even greater responsibility on companies to demonstrate that they have fully assessed the risks associated with corporate travel prior to an employee boarding an aircraft.’

Simmons says employers and employees need an objective and measurable assessment of the risk associated with any proposed itinerary. Maximum scores can be set as part of travel policy and complement existing duty of care programmes.

‘One of the best features of GOPASS is its simplicity. Agents enter the trip PNR into the system and receive a comprehensive assessment.’

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