Worldspan targets group travellers

Global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P. and Worktopia, Inc. have reached an agreement to integrate Worktopia’s online group and meeting booking service into the desktops of Worldspan travel agency and corporate customers. The relationship will give Worldspan customers the ability to shop and book small to mid-sized meetings from a selection of more than 1,800 global locations, directly through Worldspan.

Worktopia’s interface to Worldspan will deliver online, integrated access and booking capabilities to corporations using the Worldspan Trip Manager® XE and Trip Manager XE for Small Business online self-booking tools. Shopping and booking capabilities will be available to Worldspan retailers through the Worldspan Go!® travel agency desktop.

Worktopia is a leading global reservation system for planning and booking meetings, offering users the convenience and speed of conducting meeting planning online through a secure environment, free of charge. Through Worktopia, meeting planners can obtain instant and comparable proposals from hotels, conference centers, business centers, airport lounges and other venues. Meeting rooms and training rooms are available On Demand to meet any budget.

“We are pleased to announce the coming addition of Worktopia’s valuable, specialized content through Worldspan,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America Sales and Worldwide Travel Supplier Solutions. “This relationship underscores Worldspan’s commitment to being a one-stop, total travel planning resource for travel agencies and corporations, offering access to leading content providers through the travel industry’s most efficient online shopping platform.” 

“Worktopia looks forward to providing Worldspan-connected meeting planners a better way to complete their research and book corporate meetings for up to 100 participants,” said John Arenas, chief executive officer of Worktopia. “By offering this service, Worldspan can better serve corporate meeting planners who only have hours, not days or weeks, to arrange meetings. Procurement for corporate meetings is migrating online and we are proud to be the first to offer a comprehensive, real-time solution.”

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The connection between Worktopia and Worldspan is being built using Worldspan XML Pro, the leading global messaging technology for GDS interface. In addition to providing Worldspan customers with real-time rates, availability, and booking and transaction processing capabilities, XML Pro will also build fully integrated passenger name records (PNR) in the Worldspan system. The interface will be completed later this year.

Worldspan customers will be able to comparison shop for meeting space online, 24 hours a day, eliminating the time-consuming RFP process and phone calls to multiple suppliers. To shop for meeting space that meets distinct requirements, Worktopia’s shopping engine provides meeting planners with broad search criteria, from room type and size to audio/visual requirements, catering needs and more.

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