Touch Down Travel Tech (TDTT) is a new business that develops end-to-end technology platforms to better connect tourism suppliers and their customers.

Their website explains: “Created to break the model of the typical tourism distribution company, Touch Down Travel Tech is a vibrant eco-system with silos that support the total distribution channel, ranging from retail, trade and MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions], to the B2B and corporate markets. The dynamic creation of these product units allows a product owner the peace of mind to have all business covered in dealing with one single entity.”

“Created to break the model of the typical tourism distribution company, Touch Down Travel Tech is a vibrant eco-system with silos that support the total distribution channel, ranging from retail, trade and MICE, to the B2B and corporate markets.”

The TDTT ‘digital eco-system’ will roll out five new travel brands over the next three months. These are:

  • Ukiyo will drive travel content and bookings
  • Xscape4u will be an online travel agency for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands
  • Scopic will be a revenue and distribution platform
  • Touch Down Destination Management Company will be a DMC and inbound tour operator
  • Go Touch Down Travel and Tours will be a retail travel agent
Each of these units will be led by a team of well-known travel professionals with extensive experience.

“Our digital eco-system allows for content to be driven online, using the very latest technology to provide the best end-to-end solutions to serve the relevant audience within the buying circle in terms of market and product.”

Chief Marketing Officer Greg Smith says, “Currently the travel industry is having to endure, and hopefully survive massive adversity during the pandemic. We have all had to adapt, and this has sparked the creation of this comprehensive product hub that will cover the full spectrum of the travel industry.

“Our digital eco-system allows for content to be driven online, using the very latest technology to provide the best end-to-end solutions to serve the relevant audience within the buying circle in terms of market and product. Our hand selected team delivers the correct balance of experience and knowledge to each of the five business silos. Our mission is to innovate, integrate and inspire.”

TDTT was formed by travel product holding company Painted Dog Holdings and the Touch Down Group (TDG), bringing a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the new business. For example, the Touch Down Group was founded in 1993 and currently owns and manages seven resorts in South Africa and three in Croatia, collectively employing 600 people with offices in seven countries around the globe (in South Africa, the US, Australia, Indonesia, Croatia, Hungary and Canada).

The TDTT directors are also prominent figures in the tourism space and include CEO Leonard Reyneke and CMO Greg Smith, as well as Tijan Oberholzer who started Touch Down Europe and Ross Backman of Painted Dog Holdings.

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