Galileo's 'Next Generation' Hotel Booking Tool
Two Hundred Hotel Groups Now Available in Galileo’s
“Next Generation” Hotel Booking Tool
HONG KONG, 28 May, 2007 – Galileo, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, today announced that three new hotel groups – Club Quarters, Hyatt Place and La Quinta Inns - have been added to its leading, “next generation” hotel booking tool, Inside Shopper, bringing the total number of participating hotel chains to 200.
Part of Galileo’s RoomMaster hotel program, the Inside Shopper tool now incorporates 84 per cent of Galileo’s hotel inventory (or 60,000 out of 71,300 hotel properties) and offers “next generation seamless connectivity” to participating chains. This connectivity enables hotels to accurately return all available rates directly from their own central reservation system straight to the Galileo travel agent’s desktop.
“We’re delighted to now have 200 hotel groups participating in Inside Shopper,” said Jane Lewis, Galileo’s director of hospitality for EMEA and Asia-Pacific, “it means that our 50,000 leisure and business travel agents worldwide view only the most up-to-date availability and rates allowing them to offer a faster and more accurate service to their customers. It very much confirms our leadership in this area.”
Linda Kent, vice-president of electronic distribution for Starwood Hotels and Resorts agreed, “We were one of the first hotel groups to participate in Galileo’s Inside Shopper program when it launched in 2002 and it has solidly contributed to a growth in travel agent bookings of our hotels. Travel agents clearly value having a streamlined and accurate hotel booking tool with real time reservation capability.”
Galileo also offers its agents a leading Best Available Rates (BAR) program which returns the best available, unrestricted rates from over 100 hotel chains, representing 30,000 hotels in 74 countries. The program provides agents with the convenience of “one-stop” shopping from their desktop and reduces the need to shop outside of the GDS. This month, three new international hotel chains - ANA Hotels International, Langham Hotels International and Sol Melia Hotels – have joined the program.
For more information, please access the Galileo’s website at www.galileo.com
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Notes to Editors:
Travelport was formerly known as Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS).
Galileo is a global technology leader. Its core business is providing electronic global distribution services for the travel industry through its computerized reservation systems, leading-edge products and innovative, Internet-based solutions. Galileo is a value-added distributor of travel inventory dedicated to supporting its travel supplier, agency and corporate customers and, through them, expanding traveler choice. Galileo, (www.galileo.com), headquartered in Langley, UK, is a Travelport brand. Travelport is one of the largest and most geographically diverse travel companies, dedicated to creating the exceptional travel experiences the world demands.
Travelport is one of the world’s largest travel conglomerates. It operates 20 leading brands including Galileo, a global distribution system (GDS); Orbitz, an online travel agent; and Gulliver’s Travel Associates, a wholesaler of travel content. With 2005 revenues of $2.4 billion, the Company has 8,000 employees and operates in 130 countries. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group of New York and Technology Crossover Ventures of Palo Alto, California.(www.travelport.com).
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