200 Hotel Groups now available in Galileo's "next generation" hotel booking tool
05-21-2007 — Galileo, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, today announced that three new hotel groups – Club Quarters, Hyatt Place and La Quinta Inns - have been added to its leading, "next generation" hotel booking tool, Inside Shopper, bringing the total number of participating hotel chains to 200.
Part of Galileo´s RoomMaster hotel programme, the Inside Shopper tool now incorporates 84 per cent of Galileo´s hotel inventory (or 60,000 out of 71,300 hotel properties) and offers "next generation seamless connectivity" to participating chains. This connectivity enables hotels to accurately return all available rates directly from their own central reservation system straight to the Galileo travel agent´s desktop.
"We´re delighted to now have 200 hotel groups participating in Inside Shopper," said Louise Meyer, Galileo´s senior director of hospitality distribution for the Americas, "it means that our 50,000 leisure and business travel agents worldwide view only the most up-to-date availability and rates allowing them to offer a faster and more accurate service to their customers. It very much confirms our leadership in this area."
Linda Kent, vice-president of electronic distribution for Starwood Hotels and Resorts agreed, "We were one of the first hotel groups to participate in Galileo´s Inside Shopper programme when it launched in 2002 and it has solidly contributed to a growth in travel agent bookings of our hotels. Travel agents clearly value having a streamlined and accurate hotel booking tool with real time reservation capability."
Galileo also offers it agents a leading Best Available Rates programme which returns the best available, unrestricted rates from over 100 hotel chains, representing 30,000 hotels in 74 countries. The programme provides agents with the convenience of "one-stop" shopping from their desktop and reduces the need to shop outside of the GDS. This month, three new international hotel chains - ANA Hotels International, Langham Hotels International and Sol Melia Hotels – have joined the programme.