For those in the travel industry, including hotel owners, a global distribution system (or GDS system) serves as one of the major distribution channels, connecting their inventories with travel agents, who can then sell products on their behalf. In this article, you will find out more about Galileo GDS, which is one example of such a system.

What is a GDS System?

A global distribution system (GDS) serves as a network for allowing service providers in the travel industry to carry out transactions. The systems are almost exclusively used by travel agencies or similar companies, in order to access real-time information about hotel room availability, airline ticket availability and similar products.

Travel agents then use this to book products or services for their customers. A GDS system remains one of the most important distribution channels for those in the hotel industry, because it provides opportunities for global reach and can increase the number of hotel room bookings generated, resulting in larger revenue. More detailed information about global distribution systems and what the benefits are for hotels, you can read in the article “Global Distribution System (GDS): What Are the Benefits for Hotels?”.

What is the Galileo GDS?

Galileo GDS is a global distribution system, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is owned by Travelport, forming one part of their collective offering, which also includes the Apollo and Worldspan systems. Galileo can be used to book hotel rooms, airline tickets, train tickets, cruises and car rentals.

The system was originally developed in 1987 by nine European airlines, including British Airways.

What Are the Benefits of Galileo GDS?

For hotel owners, the primary benefit of the Galileo GDS system is the ability to distribute hotel rooms to travel agencies and customers on a global scale. This is achieved by providing travel agents with 24-hour live access to inventories and pricing information, allowing them to book rooms at the hotel for their customers.

Although Galileo GDS’ market share has declined since the turn of the 21st century, it remains a major global distribution system. As part of Travelport, it also has the benefit of sharing a data centre with Worldspan.

Similar GDS Systems to Galileo GDS

Travelport and its Galileo GDS is just one of the major global distribution systems available to those within the travel industry. Below, you will learn more about two of the main alternatives.

1) Sabre

Sabre GDS is a global distribution system that can be traced back to the 1960s. It is based in the United States, and it is estimated to serve around 60,000 travel agencies around the world. However, it is regarded as being especially strong within the North American market.

It is estimated that Sabre currently has a total market share of around 35 percent. The system also attracts a larger proportion of hotel bookings than its main rivals in the travel industry. More detailed information about Sabre GDS system, you can read in the article “What is Sabre GDS?”.

2) Amadeus

The Amadeus platform is recognised as the largest GDS system in the world, as measured by total market share, with around 40 percent of travel agency bookings going through its network. The system was established in 1987 and it puts travel agents in connection with hotel rooms, airline tickets and various other travel services.

Amadeus’ company headquarters is located in Spain, and its central database is housed in Germany. As a result, it is considered to be the strongest global distribution system within the European market. More detailed information about Amadeus GDS system, you can read in the article “What is Amadeus GDS?”.

How to Connect Your Hotel to Galileo GDS?

The most common process for connecting a hotel to the Galileo GDS is to go through a GDS provider, who will then connect the hotel to all major global distribution systems at the same time. Numerous companies offer this.

Most GDS providers have connections with property management systems, or hotel channel managers. As a result, hotels have the potential to fully automate GDS system usage, and also to manage their listings – including their hotel description, list of facilities and photos – all from a single location.

Galileo GDS forms part of Travelport, which is regarded as one of the three major global distribution systems. These systems are used to connect hotels with travel agents, who can use access to real-time inventories to sell hotel rooms to their customers. This can expand the reach a hotel has, resulting in a greater number of bookings.

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The distribution mix that hotels choose to use have a significant impact on their revenue management strategy, and on their overall success. In the following articles you find more distribution strategies to optimise your revenue:

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