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Travelport rakes in GDS awards

A strew of January awards have seen Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of OTA's.

A strew of January awards have seen global distribution system (GDS) specialist Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of online travel agents (OTAs).

The group’s Galileo GDS was last month voted best in its field by Asia’s Travel Weekly Industry Awards and by the Canadian Agents’ Choice Awards 2007, while its Worldspan product garnered the same plaudit at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards 2008.

And another European award for Galileo – recently voted Best Technology Provider by Travel Weekly Globe Awards – was identified as further evidence that Travelport’s combined GDS projects are leading the way in providing faster, more efficient and more integrated travel booking services for OTAs.

Gordon Wilson, Travelport president and chief executive, said: "Through the combined strengths of Galileo and Worldspan, we can deliver the most robust technology, greater depth and breadth of content and innovative tools to drive efficiency and growth. We are setting the pace with new faring and shopping options, unmatchable low cost carrier content and huge depth in hotel and ground choice. It is true value add for our travel agency customers and it’s fantastic to see them recognising it with these latest awards!"

However a busy awards season has not been totally dominated by Travelport: Sabre’s Virtually There programme was granted the Gold Innovation Award at London’s 2008 Business Travel Innovation Awards.

The Sabre product has kept GDS rivals on their toes by leading the way in supplying air travellers with flight schedule and notification alerts, gate assignments and TSA security checkpoint wait times – all on mobile phones.

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