Galileo’s Inside Shopper Attracts
HONG KONG, 29 August 2007 — Galileo, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, announced that Okura Hotels&Resorts, one of Japan’s premier international hotel chains, has recently enhanced its connectivity by implementing Galileo’s Inside Shopper (next generation seamless connectivity), Complete Pricing, and Triples&Quads functionalities. As a result, Okura has improved the quality, quantity, and relevance of the data it provides Galileo-connected travel agencies.
Galileo’s Inside Shopper allows hotels to provide true rate and availability information from the very first hotel availability request, providing real-time access directly from the hotel’s central reservation system. Agents are thereby provided more accurate information, eliminating the discrepancy between what’s initially displayed and what is later found to be available.
At the same time, Galileo’s Complete Pricing addresses the needs of leisure-oriented travellers by providing them with the complete cost of the hotel stay up front, eliminating guess work and manual calculations.
Meanwhile, Galileo’s Triples&Quads functionality allows users to look for relevant rates throughout the shopping and booking process when there are more than two persons occupying a room. Hotels then respond only with room options that can accommodate the number of adults requested. Additionally, the cost of the room, at the requested occupancy, is known up front, thereby eliminating the need to take an extra booking step to add persons at the time of sell.
According to Joe Lim, Business Development Manager, Hotel and Car Services, Galileo Asia, “We’re delighted to have Okura Hotels&Resorts, one of Asia’s leading luxury hotel brands, join over 200 other hotel groups participating in Inside Shopper, the highest level of participation and connectivity we offer our hotel suppliers. This development means that Okura will now be able to make only the most updated and accurate inventory and rates available to our 50,000 leisure and business travel agents worldwide thereby allowing them to offer faster and enhanced service to their customers. Once again, this latest link up between Okura and Galileo confirms our leadership in this area.”
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Travelport was formerly known as Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS).
September 2003 marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Okura Hotels&Resorts. Founded on the principle that its hotels must consistently offer the best accommodations, the best cuisine, and the best service, Okura Hotels&Resorts started out as a group of seven hotels. In the years that followed, the group has gradually expanded to 25 properties (with a total of 7440 rooms) worldwide.
Recently, Okura Hotels&Resorts has formed a joint marketing alliance with Banyan Tree Hotels&Resorts, a leading manager and developer of premium resorts, hotels and spas in the Asia Pacific. This strategic marketing alliance brings guests enhanced global network benefits. Under the Joint Marketing Agreement, Okura Hotels&Resorts now provides two new services to its guests. Firstly, it is offering cross-reservation services with Banyan Tree Hotels&Resorts at their respective central reservations office in Singapore and Japan for nominated properties from each group. The properties under Banyan Tree Hotels&Resorts include; Banyan Tree Phuket in Thailand; Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru in Maldives; Banyan Tree Bintan in Indonesia; Banyan Tree Bangkok in Thailand; Banyan Tree Ringha, and Banyan Tree Lijiang in China. The properties under Okura Hotels and Resorts are Hotel Okura Tokyo,Hotel Okura Sapporo,Kyoto Hotel Okura, Hotel Okura Kobe and Hotel Okura Fukuoka in Japan, and Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai in China. www.okura.com
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 aggregator 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 operates one of the world’s largest global distribution systems, which includes the Galileo and Worldspan brands. In addition, it is a provider of wholesale travel content through its brand GTA, and also owns a controlling interest in Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. With 2006 revenues of $2.6 billion, Travelport has approximately 7,500 employees and operates in 145 countries. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group of New York, Technology Crossover Ventures of Palo Alto, California and One Equity Partners of New York.
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