Synergi seeks regional partners
Synergi Global Travel Management, a joint venture enterprise of travel management companies in business centres around the world, was at the Arabian Travel Market to look for other partners in the region.The US incorporated company operating in 54 countries is associated with Al Futtaim Travel in the UAE. "Besides the UAE, we are already operational in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia," said Steve Lovato, Synergi senior vice-president, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East. "Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan are the remaining important markets for our customer base." Rated among the top five global professional travel management companies, Synergi established a regional headquarters in Dubai to serve its affiliates in the region. Previously, this area was part of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. "The market here is exciting and vibrant but yet to see its full potential tapped for the corporate market," says Lovato. "Value that Synergi provides is access to international network of offices in over 50 countries for en-route travel assistance. We provide sophisticated travel management information reporting, regional or global, as well as specially negotiated air and hotel rates that would not be generally available to local agencies." Insites launches B2B engine Online travel network developer Insites launchED a new B2B module which its says will revolutionise the way travel professionals conduct business. The Insites B2B module is a state-of-the-art travel management system that empowers a travel agency by enabling it to manage all its operations online, with maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness, the company said. It said the company, which was launched last ATM, has grown into one of the largest online networks of travel professionals in the Middle East, with over 650 member travel agents and travel suppliers. It said that with the new B2B module, travel agents will be able to connect to Insites database from anywhere in the world. Insites B2B registered travel agents can search for a complete range of travel products, ranging from hotels, apartments, car rentals, tours to hotel packages and airline holidays and make instant bookings through the Insites booking system, the company said. 'Intelligent solutions' by Galileo Galileo Emirates showcased its new products and services under the theme 'Galileo the intelligent solution'. Galileo Emirates, distributor of the Galileo International Global Distribution System and services, handles an estimated 85 per cent of the GDS market in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the northern Emirates. Recently it acquired distribution rights for Sudan, Morocco and Tunisia, bringing the number of countries under its umbrella to 10. Focus of its ATM display was how global and local products can combine to provide 'intelligent' answers to travel requirements. Its major project in the past year has been SafarEZ, pronounced Safar 'Easy'.