Asatej Group, Worldspan extend pact

Asatej Group is renewing its travel distribution and technology agreement with global travel technology leader Worldspan. Through the new multi-year agreement, Worldspan will continue to provide Asatej Group travel agencies with access to the Worldspan global distribution system (GDS), and support their use of a portfolio of Worldspan solutions for planning and managing daily business. Asatej was one of the first travel agencies to sign on with Worldspan when the GDS opened its doors for business in Argentina in 2001.

“Worldspan’s comprehensive GDS and superior solutions have been critical to our operations and growth over the past several years. Just as important, Worldspan is a true business partner, extremely service-oriented and responsive to our ongoing needs. We operate in a climate of rapid change and are confident Worldspan will continue to enable us to seize new opportunities and reduce our costs through advanced technology,” said Cesar Fernandez, general manager at Asatej Group.

“Asatej is a prime example of a travel management company that builds business and lowers operating costs by adopting the latest technologies. We are very pleased to renew this exciting partnership as we celebrate our five- year history of successfully serving travel agencies in Argentina. We are committed to performing at the highest levels toward Asatej’s ongoing growth and advancement,” said Michael B. Parks, Worldspan senior vice president - Global Operations and Latin America Sales and Service.

The Worldspan GDS provides Asatej Group travel agents with access to approximately 700 travel suppliers around the world, including real-time schedules, availability and fares for domestic and international carriers, plus tens of thousands of hotel properties and rental car locations, rail service and more.

Asatej travel agents use Worldspan Go!(SM), the first fully browser-based travel agency solution connecting agents to the Internet. Go! integrates all aspects of travel planning and management right on the agent’s desktop. Asatej Group also uses Worldspan Power Shopper(SM) and Worldspan Power Pricing(SM), both industry leaders in low-fare search technology. The company will soon deploy Worldspan XML Pro to build its consumer travel Web site ( XML Pro is one of the travel industry’s most highly developed data exchange solutions. It will allow Asatej to create its online travel application with an interface to the Worldspan GDS for state-of-the-art consumer travel shopping, booking and transaction processing.