Over the coming months
Travelport GDS, one of the world’s leading global distribution system (GDS) providers operating both the Galileo and Worldspan
brands, will refine its distributor relationships in select markets and establish a new,
more efficient direct support network for travel agents in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Over the past 17 years, Galileo has established itself as
a leading GDS provider in the Middle East and is currently distributed in the region
by the national airlines of Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen (the ‘Arabi group’). Galileo’s contract with
the Arabi Group will expire at the end of 2008 and Travelport has taken the opportunity to review its existing distribution arrangements
across the region.
The GDS provider also plans to step up its activity and invest in greater direct distribution through the development of its own direct
operations in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and an expanded direct presence in Egypt.
“We feel the interests of the travel agents across the region will be better served by new distributor relationships in certain markets,”
said Rabih Saab, Vice President for Travelport GDS’ Middle East and Africa region. “In other markets, we intend to work with some
of our current distributors as well as other new partners who bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience to help grow our overall
presence in the region. We will also invest in new direct operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and expand our presence in
Over the past year, Travelport GDS has increased its presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of Worldspan, which has a
well-established and successful business in several key markets and a wholly-owned operation in Egypt. Travelport GDS has also opened
a new, state-of-the-art office in Dubai and made several key management appointments across the region.
“The Middle East is a dynamic region for travel and one which will continue to grow considerably over the coming years. We firmly believe
that by building more substantial, wholly-owned operations across the region, coupled with enhancing our relationships with effective
distributors in some of our markets, we will be well positioned to serve our customers more effectively and to augment our business in this
important region,” added Saab.
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