eWaterways, the world’s first global aggregator of small ship cruises, has signed an agreement with Travelport, a leading GDS, to distribute its extensive niche cruise content to GDS users for the first time. The new content will be distributed through two separate Travelport point of sale leisure systems – initially the Galileo Leisure portal from November 2009 followed by the Travelport Cruise & Tour platform in the U.S. and Canada in 2010.
eWaterways offers over 1,200 contracted vessels comprised of river cruise ships, hotel barge trips, expedition voyages, coastal cruises and sailing and yacht journeys, which can either be chartered wholly or booked by cabin.
"We are always looking for ways to bring valuable new content to our GDS customers to help them earn new revenues," said Dan Westbrook, vice of president of supplier development for Travelport. "This new agreement will enable our subscribers to book a whole new line of wonderful cruises at the same time it opens additional markets to eWaterways."
"We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Travelport which enables us to distribute our niche cruises more widely to the travel trade," said Daniela Wagner, CEO for eWaterways.