Worldspan and Travelsavers team up to offer web-based branded reservations system

New TRAVELSAVERS Res solution uses exclusive WORLDSPAN technology to deliver the latest rates, specials and promotions directly to member agencies’ desktops.
WORLDSPAN and TRAVELSAVERS today announced an agreement that will enable TRAVELSAVERS member travel agencies to utilize a new Web-based customized reservations product designed to offer agents a wider selection of travel options, including special rates, packages and time-sensitive promotions. Developed jointly by WORLDSPAN and TRAVELSAVERS, TRAVELSAVERS Res uses the Internet to link travel agents directly to TRAVELSAVERS’ database of preferred vendors and the WORLDSPAN reservations system, guaranteeing agents instant access to the information and booking tools they need to serve clients more effectively.
Built on proven WORLDSPAN GO!SM system architecture and employing the Frame Relay communications network, TRAVELSAVERS Res incorporates the latest Internet technology and represents an important new branded marketing channel for TRAVELSAVERS, its 2,400 travel agency members and its network of preferred suppliers.
With TRAVELSAVERS Res, travel agents receive up-to-the-minute travel data delivered right to their desktop, including timely information on specially negotiated TRAVELSAVERS rates for air, car and hotel, as well as tour, cruise and vacation packages. Drawing from TRAVELSAVERS preferred content, agents can quickly and easily find and book the best deals for their clients. And because TRAVELSAVERS Res is Web-based, information is updated continuously so it is always fresh and current.
In addition, TRAVELSAVERS Res gives travel agents direct access to WORLDSPAN GO!, WORLDSPAN’s acclaimed technology platform. From the GO! platform, agents can link via the Internet to still more travel supplier databases worldwide, gaining instant access to a broader spectrum of travel planning options. Moreover, WORLDSPAN GO! offers worldwide e-mail and fax communications capabilities, WORLDSPAN preferred content and online tutorials, all in a single integrated system.
“TRAVELSAVERS Res delivers the combined power of TRAVELSAVERS and WORLDSPAN to the travel agent’s fingertips by the most efficient means possible—the Internet,” commented Sue Powers, vice president - Sales and Marketing for WORLDSPAN. “We are very pleased to have assisted TRAVELSAVERS in developing a solution that promises to strengthen and enhance the relationship among vendor, agent and marketing group to the benefit of all. We also look forward to offering the advantages of booking through the WORLDSPAN system to more and more TRAVELSAVERS travel agencies.”
TRAVELSAVERS (www.travelsavers.com) is an international marketing organization including a retail chain of more than 2,400 independently owned travel agencies that generates more than $12 billion annually in travel industry sales. Headquartered in Oyster Bay, New York, TRAVELSAVERS offers a comprehensive range of products and support services to help its member agencies maximize sales through a select group of suppliers—and stand out as travel leaders in their local communities.
WORLDSPAN provides global electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and electronic commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers and corporations worldwide. The company’s three lines of business are global distribution systems, airline hosting services, and e-commerce for the U.S. and international travel industries. The WORLDSPAN reservations system provides nearly 18,500 travel agencies and other users worldwide with travel data and booking capabilities for hundreds of the world’s leading travel service suppliers. WORLDSPAN is the market leader in e-commerce for the travel industry, processing more than 50 percent of all online travel agency bookings. The company maintains world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and international division headquarters in London. WORLDSPAN is owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and Trans World Airlines. Additional information is available at www.worldspan.com
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