Online travel agency in Africa providing flight, hotel and car comparisons TravelStart, has today partnered with Guarantee Trust Bank to use integrate GTPay on its site to enable travel consumers to easily pay for their flights online with their debit cards.
GTPay has over 2,500 merchants currently providing card payment options to more than half of the Nigeria e-commerce merchants. Its integration will enable Travelstart customers to pay online using both domestic & International cards, be it MasterCards, Visa cards and also Verve cards real-time.
According to Travelstart.com.ng Country Manager, Lilian Obinna-Igwe, “The completion of GTPay integration on Travelstart website would enhance self-service payment transaction for customers/cardholders. It also protects Travelstart as the merchant from fraud and charge back liabilities due to the compulsory integration of 3D secure on the platform.”
The integration will enable Travelstart to accommodate its numerous customers in seamless and automatic way. The GTpay payment solution seamlessly secures cardholder’s data and other e-commerce transactions made on the website.
Since its launch in 2012, the online travel agency has witnessed a substantial growth in website traffic and online sales. In line with this growth, Travelstart is responding to the increasing demand of travel consumers in Nigeria by introducing the GTpay payment option on the website to provide them with an easy and secure way to pay for their flights online. Travelstart Nigeria offers other payment options for online travel consumers such as EFT, Cash payment to their bank accounts or at the office.
Card payments are the fastest growing retail online payment option in Nigeria, it is a typical payment method that most Nigerian e-commerce websites use to encourage online shoppers, and has helped e-commerce websites reach a larger audience. The introduction of GTPay will help create the unified and secure online payment experience for travel customers purchasing flights on Travelstart.com.ng.
Olufemi Nwaosa of the Internet Solution, E-Payment Group of GTBank said; “ With GTPay on Travelstart, passengers can now book and make payment with both local cards (Verve cards, MasterCard Naira and Visa card naira) and International cards (MasterCard and Visa). This feature would enable straight through processing for e-ticket issuance.”