Travelport, the business services provider operating the Galileo and Worldspan global distribution system (GDS) platforms, today announces that it has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Travel Solutions (previously Galileo Pakistan) to distribute the Worldspan GDS to travel agencies in Pakistan.
The deal builds on a successful partnership between Travelport and Travel Solutions, who currently distribute the Galileo GDS in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms in Uzbekistan. The restructure follows the expiration of the GDS provider’s previous Worldspan distribution contract in Pakistan at the end of last month.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Travel Solutions will obtain exclusive rights to distribute Worldspan technology and services in Pakistan, providing travel agencies in the country with access to all the travel content available through the reservation system as well as on-going technical infrastructure and support.
“Expanding our relationship with Travel Solutions will allow us to strengthen our presence in Pakistan and extend what is a highly-efficient distributor system in the country,” said Rabih Saab, President and MD, Middle East and Africa, Travelport. “They have a great track record of distributing Travelport products both in and outside of Pakistan and understand the technology and support requirements of the local travel trade.”
“We are excited to extend our footprint and unite the respective strengths of Galileo and Worldspan to offer travel agents a complete GDS offering that meets all of their travel technology needs,” said Ali Naqi Taqi, CEO, Travel Solutions. “We see great potential for Worldspan in Pakistan and look forward to building the brand over the coming years with the help of our professionalism and dedication to the trade.”
Worldspan, which was acquired by Travelport in 2007, is renowned for its e-commerce and Internet-based technologies, delivering some of the global travel industry’s most advanced web-based solutions. Its e-commerce leadership is also demonstrated through its powerful shopping and pricing tools, which are used by leading travel web sites and agencies.
In addition to being the distributor of the Galileo and Worldspan GDS in Pakistan, Travel Solutions has an IATA-approved Global Aviation Institute (GAI) and a provider of several global technology services, offering a wide range of value-added products such as travel insurance management systems (TIMS), back office sales systems (Catalyst) and online reservation software.