Worldspan in meeting planner link up

Corporations using Worldspan Trip Manager XE to manage travel online, and all Worldspan-connected travel agents can now tap into the Web-hosted Event Management SystemTM from SignUp 4. The Event Management System is a leader in meeting management technology, providing meeting planners a total online system for managing conferences and events. Supporting multiple languages and currencies, the system is available to Worldspan customers globally.

The Event Management System expertly unifies event registration, traveller PNRs, room block management, event budgeting, payment processing, e-mail generation and tracking, and more. SignUp 4 uses Worldspan’s leading XML Pro data exchange technology to access traveller data from the Worldspan host. The state-of-the-art interface enables meeting planners to view registrant itinerary data for specific events, including PNRs created by business travellers through Trip Manager XE, and by travel agents through the Worldspan GDS. The technology partnership establishes SignUp 4 as a Worldspan Platinum Certified Vendor, which affords Worldspan customers a discount from SignUp 4 when purchasing a licence to use the Event Management System and software.

“SignUp 4’s advanced and user-friendly solutions have made them the preferred meeting technology provider for some of the world’s largest organizations,” said Cheryl Weldon, CTC, Worldspan vice president - Major Accounts. “Corporations and travel agencies that partner with Worldspan can now experience the benefits, control and savings of automating their meeting management processes via the Web.”

“This integration forms the ideal end-to-end platform for managing all critical elements of an event,” said Doug Wetzel, executive vice president for SignUp 4. “Event attendees can book flights, rental cars and hotel rooms through the Worldspan GDS and Trip Manager XE, all in keeping with corporate travel policy, while meeting planners easily manage and reconcile registration information, budgets, ticketing, and travel details—all through SignUp 4’s powerful online solution.”

Worldspan Trip Manager XE is a leading online self-booking tool in use by corporations, government organizations and their travelers worldwide. Travellers book trips using the same shopping, booking and ticketing tools in use by several leading travel Web sites.