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Carlson Wagonlit Travel selects Travelport as GDS Partner in India

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Travelport are on track to completing a large-scale migration of all of CWT Indias GDS business to the Galileo platform. The conversion from CWT Indias current GDS provider to Travelports Galileo system marks an extension of the long standing relationship between the two international organisations who already work closely together in numerous other business travel markets across the globe.

The Galileo platform was selected as the new GDS for CWT India as part of a wider, business re-engineering initiative aimed at increasing productivity through CWTs 200 points of sale across the country. As part of the switch to Galileo, a new, customised agency desktop, which streamlines the booking process by integrating mid and back-office systems, has been built for the CWT India team. The new, highly automated booking process targets both a reduction in time spent on administration as well as an enhancement to the overall service provided to the business traveller. The state-of-the-art desktop also integrates valuable new content such as rail and insurance products provided by local Indian companies.

A leader in Indias corporate travel market, with a growing portfolio of multinational and Indian blue chip companies amongst its customers, CWT India employs more than 1,000 local staff and operates a network of nine offices across eight cities. Despite generally weak market conditions last year, business travel in India held its own and the nation now ranks within the top three of CWTs largest countries by volume in the Asia Pacific region.

This migration to Galileo in India represents another significant step in our commitment to providing best-in-class services to our clients and positions CWT well for future growth in this important business travel market. Through this migration, we are providing our local travel counselors with a superior desktop combined with new, highly relevant local content. We are also implementing a more streamlined and efficient booking process that will result in even better service, said Andrew Winterton, President, Suppliers, Products & Technology for CWT.

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