has signed a long term technology partnership contract with Global Distribution System (GDS) and travel e-commerce leader Worldspan.
Caption: Brent Hoberman
CEO - lastminute.com
The contract means Worldspan
will provide a key element of lastminute.com’s GDS and Internet booking engine provision across Europe, delivering a range of customised e-commerce solutions and technology consulting.
lastminute.com co-founder and CEO Brent Hoberman
said: “Last week, lastminute.com experienced its highest-ever flights sales on the UK site, and we continue to focus on technology innovation which we feel has helped give us the scale required to become a leader. Worldspan has delivered consistently great service for lastminute.com and we’re pleased to continue partnering with such experts in travel e-commerce.”
Worldspan’s Tim Wright
, staff vice president for business development commented: “As the world’s travel e-commerce market leader, processing over half of all online agency travel bookings, we’re experts in making the Internet work. We’re delighted to be one of lastminute.com’s major technology partners as the company consolidates its position in Europe, one of the most buoyant - and competitive - travel e-commerce regions of all.”
lastminute.com’s Internet booking engine is powered by Worldspan’s Structured Messaging Interface (SMI) product, designed to handle large volumes of ‘look and book’ online enquiries both quickly and accurately. SMI saves time and money for booking and confirmation by only showing relevant information on the user’s screen It also has a unique customisable rule setting capability which shows both scheduled and negotiated fares and availability in one screen.
lastminute.com has operations in the UK, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Japan and South Africa. It has built its presence through organic growth as well as acquisitions in Europe.
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