Travelprice Consolidates International Growth

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Travelprice

    PARIS, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelprice, European leader in on-line
 travel, has signed an industrial and strategic partnership agreement with
 Galileo International, Inc., a leading provider of electronic global
 distribution services for the travel industry.
     Galileo's investment is part of Travelprice's third round financial
 funding of 22 million Euros, and places them alongside Travelprice's other
 investors which include:  Apax Partners (main investor), Partech
 International, Avenir Entreprise, Opera Finance, General Electric Equity, Exor
 and BVV Argentaria.
     The incorporation of a major industrial player like Galileo into the
 company's capital will enable Travelprice to develop technological and
 commercial synergies in Europe, as well as the United States due to Galileo's
 recent acquisition of www.trip.com .  This third round funding also marks the
 arrival of the AGF investment trust.
     Travelprice, founded and directed by Roland Coutas, was able to stake its
 claim as one of the world leaders in travel within 24 months of operation.
 The company has a particularly strong presence in Europe (Germany, England,
 Spain, Italy, Belgium) and Canada.
     Having reported a turnover of 10 million FF in 1999, followed by
 230 million FF in 2000, Travelprice is setting its sights on a 750 million FF
 turnover in 2001.  It should break even within the second half of 2002.
     "We welcome the agreement with Galileo, which, above and beyond obvious
 commercial and technological synergies, now places us among the giants of
 international on-line tourism " states Roland Coutas, CEO of Travelprice.
     "Galileo believes in leveraging successful, local businesses, solidifying
 our position as a global market maker with a local touch," said Galileo's Dave
 Near, senior vice president, Internet and e-Commerce.  "Travelprice.com, with
 its local language, product and service expertise, is now even better
 positioned to be successful in the European e-commerce marketplace"
 
     A word about Travelprice.com:
     With its headquarters in Paris, Travelprice.com is the leading European
 on-line travel agency.  It can be reached by WAP or by phone on 0825 026 028.
 At present, Travelprice has branches in England, Germany, Belgium, Spain,
 Italy and Canada.
     The company's round-the-clock website provides you with the following
 information:  all flights operated by all airlines (over 600 airlines),
 leaving from and bound for anywhere in the world; fast and simple access to
 over 20,000 hotels; over 5000 package-tour offers; car rental; train fares;
 cruises.  You can naturally book on line (or by phone) with the guarantee of
 secure payment.  The site also provides a mine of information on handy travel
 tips.
     In addition to services available to the public, Travelprice.com proudly
 presents Travelprice Entreprises, an on-line booking and customer follow-up
 service dedicated to business travel.
 
 

SOURCE Travelprice
    PARIS, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelprice, European leader in on-line
 travel, has signed an industrial and strategic partnership agreement with
 Galileo International, Inc., a leading provider of electronic global
 distribution services for the travel industry.
     Galileo's investment is part of Travelprice's third round financial
 funding of 22 million Euros, and places them alongside Travelprice's other
 investors which include:  Apax Partners (main investor), Partech
 International, Avenir Entreprise, Opera Finance, General Electric Equity, Exor
 and BVV Argentaria.
     The incorporation of a major industrial player like Galileo into the
 company's capital will enable Travelprice to develop technological and
 commercial synergies in Europe, as well as the United States due to Galileo's
 recent acquisition of www.trip.com .  This third round funding also marks the
 arrival of the AGF investment trust.
     Travelprice, founded and directed by Roland Coutas, was able to stake its
 claim as one of the world leaders in travel within 24 months of operation.
 The company has a particularly strong presence in Europe (Germany, England,
 Spain, Italy, Belgium) and Canada.
     Having reported a turnover of 10 million FF in 1999, followed by
 230 million FF in 2000, Travelprice is setting its sights on a 750 million FF
 turnover in 2001.  It should break even within the second half of 2002.
     "We welcome the agreement with Galileo, which, above and beyond obvious
 commercial and technological synergies, now places us among the giants of
 international on-line tourism " states Roland Coutas, CEO of Travelprice.
     "Galileo believes in leveraging successful, local businesses, solidifying
 our position as a global market maker with a local touch," said Galileo's Dave
 Near, senior vice president, Internet and e-Commerce.  "Travelprice.com, with
 its local language, product and service expertise, is now even better
 positioned to be successful in the European e-commerce marketplace"
 
     A word about Travelprice.com:
     With its headquarters in Paris, Travelprice.com is the leading European
 on-line travel agency.  It can be reached by WAP or by phone on 0825 026 028.
 At present, Travelprice has branches in England, Germany, Belgium, Spain,
 Italy and Canada.
     The company's round-the-clock website provides you with the following
 information:  all flights operated by all airlines (over 600 airlines),
 leaving from and bound for anywhere in the world; fast and simple access to
 over 20,000 hotels; over 5000 package-tour offers; car rental; train fares;
 cruises.  You can naturally book on line (or by phone) with the guarantee of
 secure payment.  The site also provides a mine of information on handy travel
 tips.
     In addition to services available to the public, Travelprice.com proudly
 presents Travelprice Entreprises, an on-line booking and customer follow-up
 service dedicated to business travel.
 
 SOURCE  Travelprice