Accommodation-only specialist youtravel.com has signed a pan-European deal with Travelport GDS to distribute its extensive beach hotel content to users of the Galileo Leisure portal.
The content will be available from February 19, 2009.
Initially the new content will be made available in the UK, France and Italy with plans to roll it out to Galileo Leisure users in further markets in Europe and the Middle East over the coming months.
Galileo Leisure users will be able to make, cancel and amend bookings online as well as make full use of all the youtravel.com services including in-resort representation and pre and post-departure customer services.
Olaf Gueldner¹, Travelport GDS’s managing director and president, Europe, said: “We are always looking for new ways to help our agency customers increase their revenue streams at a time of reduced commissions. Now our agency customers using the Galileo Leisure portal will have access to youtravel.com’s extensive beach resort content as well as the city hotel content provided by GTA. This is great news!”
Graham Nichols, group managing director of youtravel.com, said: “I am delighted to have signed this deal with Travelport GDS. It is another step in cementing our position as a truly pan-European accommodation-only provider.”
In its second year of trading, to October 2008, youtravel.com’s group sales reached just under 500,000 heads, twice the number carried in its first year and turnover up 60% to Euro 110 million, up from Euro 70 million in its first year. Youtravel.com has operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, France and through a partnership deal in China.