Hickory Travel Systems/First Travel Management will market the products of Peragis, the Canadian B2B e-commerce company, to its network of more than 200 travel agencies and 3,200 worldwide locations.
Hickory FTM members represent more than 25,000 desktops and generate approximately US$17 billion in annual air sales. With the assistance of the Hickory sales force, the agreement will allow Peragis to target its initiatives toward the agents. The Peragis Suite of Products will be introduced and endorsed by the Hickory directorate to all First Travel Management members internationally. Hickory members will have access to Peragis Central, an intranet system developed specifically for the travel industry. Peragis Central provides a virtual network environment for sharing files and reference materials and allows agency groups and consortia to distribute information across agency locations. Agents can communicate with anyone in the membership through various tools, including message boards and real-time chat. This follows the announcement before Christmas of a partnership agreement between Peragis and Galileo.