GDS customers get vacation rental content

Travel agencies, corporations and travel
Web sites worldwide have gained real-time access through Worldspan to
thousands of vacation rental properties from Zonder as an alternative to
traditional hotels or resorts.
  Vacation rentals are typically private homes, cabins, condos or villas
and are becoming increasingly popular among leisure travelers. Luxury
vacation rentals are also rented by corporate groups for retreats because
of the greater space and more relaxed layout compared to traditional hotel
rooms.
  Zonder’s XML interface provides Worldspan customers with access to
extensive vacation rental content, including property photos and detailed
amenities, up-to-the-minute availability and rates, integrated bookings and
immediate confirmations when any Zonder vacation rental is booked in
Worldspan.
  “Worldspan is pleased to partner with a leader in online vacation
rental properties. Our relationship with Zonder will enhance Worldspan’s
leisure content and provide our customers with efficient access to
availability and real-time bookings in the growing vacation rental
segment,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America
Sales and Worldwide Travel Supplier Solutions.
  Bob Barnes, CEO of Zonder explained, “We are excited about our
partnership with Worldspan. This means that our vacation rental properties
are now available to Worldspan’s traditional agency, e-commerce and
corporate customers worldwide. This is a great leap forward for the
vacation rental industry and we are pleased to be taking it with a
technology and content distribution leader.”
  The technology partnership employs an advanced interface between
Zonder’s internal reservations system and the Worldspan GDS, utilizing
Worldspan’s industry-leading XML Pro data exchange technology and Zonder’s
leading XML technology. XML Pro enables real-time data exchange between the
Worldspan GDS and travel companies that use any technology platform,
solution or business channel.
  Zonder’s Web 2.0 technology connects directly to the Worldspan system
to increase the amount and accuracy of content that can be delivered for
real- time shopping and booking. Zonder’s content is accessible through the
Worldspan Hotel Select(R) booking system, the Worldspan Go!(R) Hotel
Booking Tool, and the Worldspan Trip Manager(R) XE and Trip Manager XE for
Small Business corporate online booking tools.
 
——-