KDS to Develop Direct Access to Hertz` Booking System

KDS, a leading supplier of online travel management solutions, today announced an agreement with Hertz, the world`s largest car rental company, to provide Wave Suite users with direct reservations access to Hertz central reservation system.
“Our goal is to streamline business travel procurement operation”, said Yves Weisslberger, CEO of KDS. “Giving Wave Suite users direct links to Hertz is part of a strategy consisting of building an efficient and cost effective solution linking corporations to their travel suppliers”.
KDS, a GDS and suppliers` independent company, provides advanced travel management solutions on an ASP basis. Wave Suite includes Wave Corporate for large companies and Wave Portal for small and medium companies and pure Internet players.
Readily accessible through any internet browser, Wave Suite integrates corporate travel policy to enable companies to optimize their travel procurement procedures. Wave Suite products can either access all four major GDS, or be directly linked to suppliers CRS.
KDS recently announce direct reservations access to Pegasus’ Online Distribution Database of more than 40,000 hotels.
“Everywhere, companies are looking for ways to reduce corporate travel expense. We have shown that KDS products contribute to cut up-to 20 percent of these costs”, said Weisselberger. “Online business travel is booming and KDS is in a good position to lead the way”.
By joining KDS` growing list of suppliers directly accessible through Wave, Hertz strengthens Wave`s dominant position among e-procurement and travel management solutions. The implementation of Wave`s direct access to Hertz booking engine will be available as of fall 2001.
Bill Jones, Vice President Marketing and Sales for Hertz Europe Ltd comments, “Hertz is committed to the broadest possible distribution of our products and services. The Internet is an important, new distribution channel and this partnership with KDS will give us more opportunity to service the growing number of customers wanting to book rentals on-line.”