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December 1, 1987

PHILIPS’ TROPHY SYSTEM LINKS TRAVEL AGENTS TO “ALL RESERVATION SYSTEMS”

By CBR Staff Writer

Philips Telecommunication and Data Systems has launched Trophy, a 125-program system said to be able to access virtually all airline, car rental, tour operator and hotel reservation systems. Available on a variety of single and multi-user machines, under MS-DOS, TurboDOS, Unix and Xenix, connected to central reservation systems over the public data network, Trophy emulates the different terminals used in reservation systems, providing information from different systems in a common screen format. Access to Prestel and other viewdata services is included. Travel agents subscribing to the service will have the option of installing a CD-ROM system containing all timetable information, and a LaserVision device that holds pictures of hotels and destinations. The CD-ROM and Las-erVision services will be updated frequently. Trophy also includes accounting and invoicing modules. Using the muscle of its worldwide national sales organisations starting January 1 1988, Philips believes it can capture a major share of the travel industry market. So far, six airlines, including Cathay Pac-ific, which will handle sales in the Far East, and Pan American World Airways, have signed up and a number of travel agencies in Hong Kong are acting as beta test sites. Talks aimed at bringing American Airlines’ Sabre reservation system into Trophy have begun.

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