Galileo International Re-signs Virgin Travelstore

Galileo International, a
leading provider of global distribution services for the travel industry,
has announced that a three-year renewal agreement with Virgin
The relationship with Virgin Travelstore extends back over ten
years. “The signing of a new agreement with one of the travel industry`s more
recognisable agency names is a great success for Galileo, and testament to the
support and service we provide our customers,” said Bryan Conway, vice
president Country Management, for Galileo`s UK, Ireland and Scandinavia
region.  “Virgin Travelstore is both embracing and leading the changes that
are essential for success in today`s travel industry.  We are delighted that
it has chosen Galileo`s products and technology as engines for that change.”
“We chose Galileo because of its advanced product range and its commitment
to customer service,” said Brett Warbrick, head of E-Business for Virgin
As part of the agreement, Virgin Travelstore will install Galileo`s
Focalpoint(R) 3.5 product at all offices and Galileo`s XML Select(TM) solution
to power its online flight booking engine on the Web

Focalpoint(R) 3.5

  Focalpoint 3.5 is Galileo`s primary technology solution that provides full
TCP/IP connectivity.  This ready-to-go reservation, business management and
support system combines the power of the Galileo(R) system with timesaving
productivity enhancements, allowing customers to maximise productivity and

XML Select(TM)

  XML Select is one of Galileo`s leading Applications Programming Interface
(API) solutions, supplied as a tool kit directly to travel agents or
third-party software companies to enable the building of a completely
customised Internet booking engine.  With XML Select, Galileo customers can
build an online presence and seamlessly integrate bookable travel content into
a new or existing Web site.  Based on XML (extensible mark-up language), XML
Select helps to reduce costs and contributes to a flexible distribution
strategy.  The effort and specialised knowledge required for development is
minimal, and at the same time, access to a range of new distribution channels,
including digital TV and wireless applications, is possible.

About Virgin Travelstore

  The Virgin Travelstore brand was launched at the end of 2000 as a
multi-channelled travel retailer for the Virgin Group, selling holidays,
flights, cars for hire, hotels and ancillary travel products from all the
leading travel suppliers.  Virgin Travelstore now offers a 200-person call
centre, an e-commerce enabled Web site, two High Street travel agencies and
has a major Teletext presence.

About Galileo International

  Galileo International is a global technology leader.  Its core business is
providing electronic global distribution services for the travel industry
through its computerised reservation systems, leading-edge products and
innovative Internet-based solutions.  Galileo is a value-added distributor of
travel inventory dedicated to supporting its travel agency and corporate
customers and, through them, expanding traveller choice.  A subsidiary of
Cendant Corporation, Galileo is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA,
and has offices worldwide.