Building on its successful reputation of providing leading-edge and innovative technology solutions for the travel industry, Galileo International, Inc. is starting the year by showcasing a host of new products, as well as enhancements to existing favourites during the industry-leading Business Travel 2001 exhibition being held at Olympia, London, Feb. 6-8.
“Galileo is known for delivering customer-driven product solutions for the UK’s corporate and business travel sectors,” said Galileo’s Gordon Wilson, vice president, Subscriber Sales and Service, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “This year will be no exception. We are excited about Galileo’s new products and enhancements coming online that will greatly benefit our travel agency customers and business travellers alike.” Among the new products to be demonstrated at the Business Travel 2001 exhibition are Galileo’s latest Web-based solutions, to make business travel easier and better managed.
Galileo ViewTrip is Galileo’s latest Internet information service tool for travellers. By using the new Galileo ViewTrip site, business travellers are able to access their personal itinerary online—in real time—as and when they want, 24-hours a day, seven-days a week, from anywhere in the world.
The Galileo ViewTrip online service is the perfect companion for Galileo Wireless?. Using the latest Web-enabling technology, Galileo Wireless is now being piloted in Europe.
Galileo Wireless allows business travellers with mobile phones and other Web-enabled devices to view their complete itineraries and make changes to their flight schedules. All flight schedule changes made through Galileo Wireless are automatically synchronised with the traveller’s travel agent and with Galileo ViewTrip. The same technology also will notify travellers of flight delays and cancellations.
XML Select is a new, advanced application interface to Galileo’s computer reservation system (CRS) that allows customers and their developers to create high-volume, Web-based booking engines and server-based applications, enabling them to expand the distribution of their product and service offerings. This new interface already has been deployed with several customers in Europe and beyond, powering numerous Internet travel-booking sites. Most recently XML Select has been chosen as the power behind KDS’s (Klee Data System) Corporate Booking Tool ‘Wave’, which is deployed in such corporations as BP/Amoco and Mars. Providing access to the Galileo® CRS, ‘Wave’ makes self-booking fluid and intuitive. It also supports local requirements, including language, to ensure global cross-cultural acceptance and applicability.
The latest enhancement to Galileo’s Viewpoint solution, Galileo e-Agent?, provides the travel agent with an organised and convenient Internet portal for retrieving pertinent travel information and bookable content. Viewpoint was the first graphical user interface (GUI) desktop booking solution for travel professionals for air, car rentals and hotels.
As well as having all these products on show at Business Travel 2001, Galileo also will demonstrate and discuss its plans to support British Airways’ ‘Fresh Approach’ to travel agency remuneration, highlighting its payment calculation tool and other related Galileo information.