Global travel technology provider Travelport GDS said it was recently ranked 78 on the 2008 InformationWeek 500 list of innovative companies. "It is an honor for Travelport GDS to once again be included in the InformationWeek 500, and particularly to rank among the top 100 companies in 2008," said Sue Powers, chief information officer for Travelport GDS.
Travelport GDS was recognized for developing Travelport Agencia— an innovative merchandising solution that will provide Galileo-connected Canadian travel agents the ability to shop, price and book all Air Canada domestic, U.S. trans-border and international itineraries, and access a full range of the airline’s a-la-carte fare and Flight Pass (prepaid travel) products.
Soon, Canadian travel agents will have a point-of-sale solution for Air Canada’s low-fare shopping and pre-paid travel with an efficient booking process. Time and cost-efficiencies that used to take 10 minutes per booking will take less than five. In addition, Air Canada retains the distribution reach of Galileo’s GDS and controls merchandising content for maximum yield.
Travelport GDS is one of the world’s largest global distribution system providers, operating both the Galileo and the Worldspan brands, providing real-time travel information and booking capabilities to online and offline travel agencies in over 145 countries. It also operates Business Intelligence which provides marketing and other critical data to the industry, and includes its Shepherd Systems subsidiary; and IT Services & Software, which offers mission critical reservations, related software and services management to the world’s leading airlines.
Travelport GDS is a convergence of traditional and online travel distribution services that empower airlines, travel suppliers, travel agencies, websites and corporations to provide informed choice to travelers on a global platform. Travelport GDS is a division of Travelport, one of the world’s largest service providers to the travel industry.