Worldspan connects to Home&Abroad

Worldspan travel agents in the United
States and Canada are the beneficiaries of a new travel services agreement
between Home&Abroad and global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P.
Through a new Web-based interface between the companies’ systems,
Home&Abroad’s robust Trip Planning tool has been introduced to the
Worldspan Go!(R) Resource Center, an advanced Web portal within the
Worldspan Go! travel agency desktop system. Worldspan has also redesigned
the Go! Resource Center with a new interface and several content
presentation enhancements.
  After a trip is booked in Worldspan, travel agents are able to use the
online link to Home&Abroad’s Trip Planning application for value-added
customer service. The link connects agents to an expansive portal of
products, services, current information and booking tools for more than 85
destinations worldwide, and new cities are added each week. Offerings
include sightseeing tours, event tickets, cultural attractions and much
more. The tool enables Worldspan agents to enhance client relationships by
supplying travelers with select onsite activities in advance of travel.
Agents can customize Home&Abroad’s Trip Planning tool to their travel
agencies, and include personalized introductions and trip notes when
sending itinerary ideas to clients.
  “Home&Abroad provides a valuable service enhancement tool for agents
that is rich in content and easily accessed through the Go! Resource
Center,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America
Sales and Worldwide Travel Supplier Solutions. “Today’s travelers are
looking for resources that provide both exceptional travel value and utmost
personal convenience. This tool will build satisfaction and loyalty among
travelers for their Worldspan agents.”
  “Like Worldspan, we are dedicated to developing tools that will help
travel agents, and thereby travelers, create transformative vacation
experiences,” said Mark Schroeder, Home&Abroad co-founder and chief
executive officer. “Home&Abroad is honored to work with Worldspan and its
travel agency customers in this exciting new initiative.”
  A link to the Home&Abroad portal is also offered through Worldspan’s My
Trip and More online traveler itinerary Web site ( The
Worldspan Go! Resource Center features a new graphical user interface
(GUI), refined content categories and other enhancements. Travel agents use
the Web- based portal to shop and book tours, cruises, packaged travel,
non-GDS hotels, travel insurance and many other value-added services. A new
Product Spotlight, currently featuring Home&Abroad, increases visibility
when new suppliers are added, and the Go! Resource Center is newly
accessible from the My Links tab on the Go! desktop.