, a global distribution system (GDS), has announced it is offering Lodging.com
inventory to its U.S. travel agents via the Galileo e-Agent(TM) portal as a
powerful tool to increase revenue while providing hotel room discounts of 10
to 70 percent for their customers.
By booking Lodging.com
inventory, Galileo-connected agents in the U.S.
earn a 10 percent commission and can offer their customers discounts at more
than 4,000 hotels in 500 markets.
“We are excited to be adding our inventory to the already robust hotel
offerings that Galileo provides its customers,” said William Marbach, vice
president of sales for Lodging.com. “We expect this additional distribution
channel to contribute to the steady growth of Lodging.com while enhancing
sales for our partner properties and travel agencies, and, ultimately,
providing consumers with extremely competitive pricing and at the broadest
range of hotels possible.”
“Galileo has a unique ability to leverage Cendant`s many travel brands to
provide our clients access to great values and inventory,” explains Mitch
Gross, executive vice president of Galileo`s America`s region. “Our customers
are very enthusiastic about Lodging.com because our integration allows them to
book discounted rooms at recognized branded properties at the same time they
book other travel needs. Travelers get better rates, resulting in enhanced
customer loyalty while agents get important commissions.”
Lodging.com`s inventory is being fully integrated into Galileo`s Apollo(R)
system, and may currently be accessed via the Galileo e-Agent portal directly
from Galileo`s desktop solutions, Focalpoint(TM) and Viewpoint(TM).
Galileo`s Business Builders program was launched in August to offer U.S.
travel agencies exclusive ways to earn revenues and lower operational costs
while building customer loyalty. Galileo is constantly evaluating third-party
products and content to add to the growing list of select products. Current
Business Builders perks include commissions on RCI Holiday Network vacation
rentals, upgrades and bonuses on Avis car rentals, cash back on real estate
transactions, discounts on DSL services and fax or photocopying equipment,
free shipping on office products, and customer coupons and discounts on a wide
range of other products.
The integration of Lodging.com inventory into Galileo follows on the heels
of the addition of Lodging.com to Cendant-affiliated Trip Network, Inc. sites,
Cheaptickets.com and Trip.com last month.
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