Galileo has launched Focalpoint Shopping within its GDS. (5/16/2007)
The new functionality will provide travel agents with an automated availability search for lower fares inclusive of taxes. This means a faster, more accurate fare search for agents, giving them a competitive advantage and reducing administration time, according to the company.
Focalpoint Shopping is now available to Galileo-connected agents in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan and will be extended to the rest of the Asia Pacific markets in late June 2007.
Focalpoint Shopping permits agents to shop for all public and private fares available from Galileo’s fully automated fare system known as Galileo 360° Fares. The new functionality can handle complex itineraries enabling the booking of up to eight flight segments simultaneously. By merging the manual comparison of air carrier tariff data and seat availability into a single request, agents can access fares faster and perform more demanding and tailored searches for their customers.
Galileo’s Product Director, Graham Anderson said, “We’ve seen the benefits the low fare shopping tool have brought our agents who use Viewpoint, Galileo’s non-cryptic environment within the Galileo Desktop. Now cryptic users have the same advantage. With a quick Focalpoint entry agents can now perform complex and tailored searches with a range of different criteria to support their traveler’s preferences.”