Worldspan gets UK boost

Worldspan has reported notable growth in 2006, with sustained momentum in early 2007 through new partnerships with 82 travel retailers in the United Kingdom. Wang Dynasty, Seabreeze Holidays Ltd and Netcom & Travel Ltd are amongst the successful and growing UK retailers to recently choose Worldspan for superior global distribution system (GDS) services and advanced travel technologies.

“We are learning first hand why UK travel agents vote for Worldspan year after year as the best reservations system,” said Jimmy Wang, managing director and owner of Manchester-based Wang Dynasty Group. “We have found Worldspan to be a friendly GDS that is intent on providing the superior solutions, content and service we need to grow our business.”

“Worldspan welcomes our new agency partners and we look forward to delivering the very best solutions, service and support available,” said Brian Staunton, Worldspan regional manager - UK and Ireland. “All of our customers have benefits that are not attainable from other GDSs, and chief amongst them is that Worldspan is not a travel retailer. Instead, we provide totally unbiased information through the most innovative technologies, and our customers are stronger competitors because of this.”

In 2006, Worldspan took major steps to ensure UK travel agencies have the most advanced solutions and robust content in the years to come. In addition to introducing Worldspan e-PricingSM in the UK, the world’s leading low-fare shopping technology, Worldspan also signed new full content agreements with airlines throughout Europe and the world. A growing number of airlines worldwide use Worldspan’s highest level of connectivity, giving Worldspan agents real-time, last-seat availability and up-to-the-minute pricing. Worldspan has also delivered substantial enhancements to its hotel and car rental systems to help Worldspan agencies remain highly competitive full-service providers.

Worldspan’s successful approach in the UK and worldwide is to be a travel agency’s most reliable and flexible technology partner, providing solutions that build revenues, streamline operations, reduce or eliminate manual processes, and lower a travel agency’s cost of doing business. Worldspan’s agency-friendly reputation was gained by listening to customers and providing the unique technology mixes they need to derive optimum value from their GDS. As a result, over the past six years, Worldspan has repeatedly been named the Best Reservations System and/or Best Technology Provider by UK travel agents and travel trade publications.