Travelport eyes eastern Med expansion with Galileo link

Travelport has announced it will provide a direct service to Galileo-connected travel agencies in Greece and Cyprus following the ending of a third party deal.

The decision came after Travelport decided not to renew its current third party distribution agreement with Galileo Hellas at the end of the year.

The move is part of a larger strategy to grow direct operations in the region. Travelport plans to make further investments in the region and provide their direct service and support to all Galileo-connected travel agencies.

The new combined Galileo and Worldspan service will be called Travelport Hellas and will continue to offer travel agencies the choice of subscribing  to either GDS platform.

“We now feel the time is right to extend our Travelport operations in the region and provide Galileo-connected travel agents in Greece and Cyprus with the same direct distribution relationship that we provide to our Worldspan subscribers.

“This impending change to our business model will enable us to work directly with all our local customers in the region to roll out relevant new GDS services and technology,” Said Jason Clarke, president and managing director for Travelport in Europe and Brazil.

Yannis Sakellion, chief executive officer of Galileo Hellas, added: “I would like to thank the travel trade in both Greece and Cyprus for its trust and co-operation over the past 20 years and wish all those we have worked with much success for the future.”

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