Worldspan Increases European Market Focus

Worldspan has appointed three new executives as part of its increased investment focus on its markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Caption: Graham Nichols
Vice President - Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia - Worldspan

One of the fastest-growing global distribution systems (GDSs) in Europe in 2002, Worldspan is dedicating significant investment to expanding its market share in the region. This investment includes:

á          rollout of a new Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity programme

á    introduction of new products such as the Total RatesSM solution that enables travel agents to efficiently     access low cost airline fares.

á    dedicated R&D time for EMEAA-focused technology solutions

á    launching a major corporate travel initiative

á    recruiting industry experts to spearhead Worldspan’s market expansion.

New Head of Product Solutions


Martin Tyler-Bennett joins Worldspan’s EMEA headquarters in London as its new director of product solutions.  He will be responsible for developing new product for EMEAA, with a view to extending Worldspan’s travel e-commerce leadership as well as adapting US-sourced solutions for the EMEAA marketplace.

New Head of Corporate Travel Sales

Helping Worldspan drive aggressively into the EMEA corporate travel market is Peter Dennis, appointed as head of corporate sales. He joins from running his own travel technology and e-commerce consulting practice, Time Communications Group.

New Business Partner Manager, International Sales

Bernie O’Brien joins Worldspan as Business Partner Manager for the EMEA region. His role will focus on defining and developing effective business relationships with third party organisations to ensure Worldspan is correctly positioned with these groups for future revenue growth and strategic alignment. 

Worldspan vice president for EMEAA Graham Nichols
  commented: “Despite unprecedented conditions in the travel industry last year, Worldspan recorded some of its best-ever business results from the EMEAA region. With our track record in technology innovation and e-commerce leadership, we are intent on expanding market share across the region, hence our invigorated investment programme.

“The challenges facing the travel industry, whether agent, supplier or tour operator, are still daunting after 2002’s troubled times, and success will partly depend on improving efficiency, productivity and customer service. Technology is proven as a key enabler for those in the travel industry who want to get ahead and stay ahead. The recruitment of Martin, Peter and Bernie will provide Worldspan with significant specialist experience to help drive forward our expansion plans.”