Galileo's Best Available Rate (BAR) guarantee program has added Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Starwood adds to the list of over 100 hotel chains participating in the BAR program.

The Galileo BAR program enables major hotel chains to provide travel agents with access to the best available published, non-restricted rates offered through any other GDS or online distribution channels. Hotels that participate in Galileo?s BAR program have committed to ensuring that their lowest unrestricted public rates are made available for sale in Galileo.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest hotel and leisure companies in the world, with over 870 properties in over 95 countries. Its globally renowned brands include Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, Le M?ridien, Four Points, and the upcoming aloft and Element.

"Starwood places great value in the service provided by travel agents around the globe,? said Linda Kent, vice president, Electronic Distribution for Starwood. ?Our participation in the Galileo BAR program is an extension of the partnership we have with Galileo in providing the best information possible to the agency community and their customers."

Galileo connected agents were the first to benefit from having a Best Available Rate program when it was launched two years ago. Agents benefit when booking a BAR hotel, knowing they won?t find a lower unrestricted public rate through any other channel.

?Galileo is pleased to provide agents the assurance that the rates they receive from Galileo are truly the ?best available,? eliminating the need to shop multiple channels to serve their customer," said Louise Meyer, Sr. Director, Hotel/Car Supply & Distribution for Galileo.