BR-DGE onboards leading UK luxury tour operator Kenwood Travel as demand for international travel accelerates

Rapidly growing payment orchestration provider BR-DGE has today announced a new partnership with leading UK luxury tour operator Kenwood Travel.

The partnership equips Kenwood Travel with the latest payment orchestration technology in order to deliver a first-class, seamless online checkout experience for customers. The luxury tour operator now has access to BR-DGE’s market-leading platform of over 300 payment and technology providers via one single integration point.

Whilst the travel sector recovers, OTAs and airlines have experienced a number of payment challenges that impact margins and company resources. Payment failure and cart abandonment rates remain high as airlines and travel providers grapple with an ever-changing and fragmented payment landscape. BR-DGE research has found that over 13.4% of online transactions in the travel, tourism, and leisure sectors fail. BR-DGE has worked with Kenwood Travel to enhance the payment journey of customers, ensuring that they receive a frictionless end-to-end luxury experience and greater choice through a range of alternative payment methods.

Through dynamic routing and connections to the entire payments ecosystem, BR-DGE’s platform reduces failed payments and supports the evolving payment needs of travel providers and their customers. Kenwood Travel will further benefit from dual acquiring which spreads the payment risk between providers, ensuring great resilience for businesses as the travel market bounces back. In addition, corporate card surcharging with innovative workflows will elevate authorisation and optimise operational costs for the luxury tour operator. For travel providers like Kenwood Travel, onboarding BR-DGE is a simple and quick process, and enables them to innovate at scale.

Commenting on the partnership, Emily Whalley, Senior Travel Specialist at BR-DGE, said: “Kenwood Travel has a proven track record of providing a first-class holiday experience and delivering the very best the sector has to offer in luxury travel. Post-pandemic, holidaymakers and passengers are increasingly looking for greater flexibility, choice and personalisation within the customer journey and at the checkout.

“We are excited to bring our payment orchestration technology to Kenwood Travel so that they can meet this demand and deliver an end-to-end, first-class payment experience that caters to their luxury holiday clients.”

Niranjan Manivasagam, IT and Operations Director at Kenwood Travel, added Kenwood Travel is delighted to announce that we are now partnered with BR-DGE a high-end technology, offering our clients a better payment experience.

About BR-DGE

BR-DGE is on a mission to shift power and control back to merchants because payments have become too complicated, inflexible, and restrictive. Pushing the boundaries of payment technology, BR-DGE has built an independent payment orchestration platform that’s simple to integrate and easy to adopt, enabling merchants to build resilience, consolidate reporting and innovate at speed. In an increasingly competitive and complex payment landscape, with fast-evolving customer demand, BR-DGE ensures merchants deliver a streamlined end-to-end payment experience.

About Kenwood Travel

Kenwood Travel has over 40 years' experience in providing the best luxury holidays for less. We specialise in a quick, easy and personalised phone and online booking service, meaning your dream escape is just a click or call away. Thanks to our proven track record as a fully-bonded direct-sell tour operator, we’re able to contract directly with our hotels and airline partners, so there's no middleman taking extra commission on your trip.

We arrange high-end holidays for all budgets to a range of top worldwide destinations. Be it a tropical beachfront resort, 5-star city break, escorted tour, villa rental, all-inclusive package or family getaway, our competitive prices and sheer range of holiday types keep customers coming back.

At Kenwood Travel we are committed to making holiday dreams come true, since 1977.

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