Galileo Launches Tool for Travel Agents

Galileo International
, a provider of electronic global distribution services (GDS) for the travel
industry, has announced that it is launching Galileo Business Builders(SM),
a new strategic initiative offering Galileo-connected travel agencies
exclusive ways to make and save money and better succeed in today`s
challenging industry environment.
(Caption: Dan Neuburger,
executive vice president and general manager - The Americas, Galileo International)
  Galileo Business Builders is a long-term, comprehensive program designed
to increase agency profits in three ways:

  —Revenue builders - Exclusive new commissionable content and offerings
    to help Galileo-connected agencies boost sales and customer service.

  —Loyalty builders - Tools to enable agencies to build stronger long-term
    client relationships and enhance employee loyalty.

  —Efficiency builders - Cost-saving opportunities to reduce operating

“Galileo Business Builders provides travel agencies with three ways to a
better bottom line.  It`s all about helping our agency partners win and
succeed by giving them a unique competitive advantage,” said Dan Neuburger
Galileo executive vice president and general manager - The Americas.
“We have pulled together some of the leading providers in each category—
including RCI Holiday Network, Avis, Hertz, AT&T, and - to offer a
variety of special cost savings and exclusive revenue opportunities,”
Neuburger added.  “This is a tangible example of how Galileo and Cendant are
adding value to our travel agency partners beyond the transaction.  We provide
real solutions that deliver real results.”
Neuburger noted that today`s launch of Galileo Business Builders is only a
first step, with further additions to be available down the road.  “This is
only the beginning,” he said.  “We will continue to draw from the Cendant
family of brands and beyond to add more exclusive revenue and cost-saving

Applauds Galileo`s Support of Travel Agents
  “It`s extremely gratifying to see suppliers that still value the services
travel agents provide and to take that a step further in developing new
benefits for agents that allow them to maximize profits,” said Richard M.
Copland, CTC, ASTA president and CEO.  “It`s a promising program for agencies,
and ASTA applauds Galileo`s support of travel agents.”
“I`m impressed by what I`ve seen so far,” said Kevin Loveless, president
of Global Travel in Boise, Idaho.  “Galileo has covered all the bases and
considered all aspects of an agency`s business, starting with how to increase
revenues.  They have packaged everything up for us in a single source, which
is very helpful.”
To help launch Galileo Business Builders, the company has created a
one-stop marketing support center at
, where
agencies can learn more about the program, download marketing tools, and use a
Value Calculator tool to determine their potential revenues and savings from
the Galileo Business Builders program.
The initial launch of Galileo Business Builders is targeted exclusively to
U.S. travel agencies.  Galileo plans to roll out the program globally early
next year.

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