Travelport GDS has announced that its Worldspan GDS system has integrated Worktopia®‘s online group and meeting planning services into the desktops of Worldspan-connected travel agents and corporate customers in the US. This will enable users to search, compare and book meeting space online, directly through Worldspan.
Through Worktopia’s advanced technology, Worldspan users can search, compare and book commissionable meeting space, audio visual equipment and catering for simple meetings for up to 100 attendees in a single session in thousands of properties in 65 countries.
Worktopia’s interface to Worldspan delivers 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 are available to Worldspan retailers through the Worldspan Go!® travel agency desktop.
Worktopia provides live, comparable quotes based on specific meeting requirements, allowing users to book space at hotels, conference centres, business centres and other venues throughout North America without having to wait for e-mailed RFP responses. Worktopia’s shopping engine provides meeting planners with broad search criteria, from room type and size to audio/visual requirements, catering needs and more.
“The Worktopia service places agents and planners in charge of every meeting booked: it saves time and allows comparison of competitive rates,” said John Arenas, chief executive officer of Worktopia. “Worktopia makes searching for the right meeting property and then booking it, fast and easy. Simplifying the logistics of arranging meetings enables agencies to provide a valuable new service to their customers while earning additional commissions quickly.”