As part of its new and growing Business Builders® program, Galileo International, a leading global distribution system (GDS), today announced it is offering Lodging.com inventory to its U.S. travel agents via the Galileo e-Agent? 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® system, and may currently be accessed via the Galileo e-Agent portal directly from Galileo’s desktop solutions, Focalpoint? and Viewpoint?.
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.
Founded in 1995 and acquired by Cendant Corporation in August 2002, Boca Raton, Florida-based Lodging.com (www.lodging.com) is one of the leading online travel sites with a focus on hotel reservations. Lodging.com is a one-stop site for travelers, providing extensive information to help them select the most suitable accommodations at the best possible rates. Guests can check hotels and rates online, and book them immediately, either through the site or a call center. The Company provides all original content on the site, including travel tips, destination write-ups, and city guides. Today, Lodging.com offers proprietary discounted rates throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and many major international destinations, and reservation capabilities at properties worldwide through traditional supplier channels. Lodging.com books approximately 115,000 reservations per month.
Galileo International (www.galileo.com) is a global technology leader. Its core business is providing electronic global distribution services for the travel industry through its computerized reservation systems, leading-edge products and innovative Internet-based solutions. Galileo is a value-added distributor of travel inventory dedicated to supporting its travel supplier, agency and corporate customers and, through them, expanding traveler choice. A subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD) and part of Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services Division, Galileo is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, and has offices worldwide.