Galileo International and Viajo.com Create A Leading Latin American Internet Travel Destination Site.
ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Galileo International, Inc. (NYSE: GLC), a leading provider of electronic global distribution services for the travel industry, announced today an agreement with a leading Latin American Internet company, Viajo.com, to launch Latin America's first full-service travel site in Spanish.
Using Galileo Passport(TM) technology, Galileo International will replace Viajo.com's current technology platform with a full-service, customized and branded Spanish language travel reservation system. Viajo.com will use the powerful Apollo(R) and Galileo(R) computerized reservation systems as its booking engines.
A unique feature of the new site is local currency fare quoting, providing travelers with simplified pricing and currency conversion for each segment of their trips. Air fare quotes are presented in the local currency of the departure city. Car and hotel price quotes are presented in the local currency of the arrival city.
"Providing companies with branded Internet travel booking sites is an important component of Galileo's multi-phased Web strategy. We are pleased to be partnering with Viajo.com to provide Internet travel services to the international community," according to David Near, senior vice president for Internet and E-Commerce for Galileo International. "Travel suppliers, as well as Internet companies that are expanding their e-business to include travel, can use Galileo Passport technology as a versatile tool to open new revenue channels, reduce distribution costs, and improve their market presence."
Viajo.com's redesigned site is expected to be ready for users in January 2000. Beta testing of the site is scheduled to begin later this month. The next steps in Galileo's development project for Viajo.com include the full presentation of the site in Portuguese and English, expected in early 2000. At that time, users will be able to request their preferred language upon their first use of the site.
"Having Galileo International provide our reservation engine in Spanish, Portuguese and English has strengthened our first-to-market advantage, as well as help us establish strategic partnerships with some of the most important Latin American portals, such as StarMedia, To2.com, SportsYa.com and Imais," said Enrique R. Felgueres, Jr., president and CEO for Viajo.com.
About Galileo International
Galileo International is one of the world's leading providers of electronic global distribution services for the travel industry. The company provides travel agencies at approximately 40,000 locations, as well as other subscribers, with the ability to access schedule and fare information, book reservations and issue tickets for more than 500 airlines. Galileo International also provides subscribers with information and booking capabilities covering all major hotel chains, car rental companies, cruise lines and numerous tour operators throughout the world. Further information about the company is available on Galileo's Web site: http://www.galileo.com .
Viajo.com, founded in 1999, is a leading provider of online services for leisure and business travelers, specializing in Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. Viajo.com has offices in San Diego, Calif.; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and plans to establish operations in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bogota, Colombia; and Madrid, Spain, so that each country throughout Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Portugal will be serviced. Viajo.com's board of directors includes Enrique R. Felgueres, Jr., president and CEO, Viajo.com; Jose R. Koplewicz, executive vice president, Viajo.com; Susan L. Segal, general partner Latin America, Chase Capital Partners; Fred Wilson, managing partner, Flatiron Partners; and Gerardo Rosenkranz, CEO, Ventech International.