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Cendant Recognised for Global IT Contibution

Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS) has been named as a finalist for the coveted 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program for its visionary use of information technology in the Business and Related Services category.  The nomination is in recognition of Cendant TDS’s contributions to the global information technology revolution and its positive impact on society.  The winners will be announced at an awards gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2005.

Of 162 laureates selected by the program’s Chairmen’s Committee , Cendant TDS is one of just 48 finalists, in 10 categories, chosen by an academy of 30 distinguished judges to attend the June 6 event.

“We are pleased to be recognized by this prestigious organization for our work in open systems.  Through the continual innovation to our technology, we are able to provide tremendous value to suppliers, agencies and consumers alike,” said Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer, Cendant Travel Distribution Services.  “We’ve led the travel industry in our hardware and software standardization and the move to open systems technology, currently processing over 5 billion transactions a month - all of which are partially or entirely processed on open systems.”

“The Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards are presented to organizations around the world who have made outstanding progress and whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change,” said Bob Carrigan, president and CEO of IDG’s Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, and chairman of the Chairmen’s Committee of the Computerworld Honors Program. “The finalists for these awards along with the laureate innovators represented in the Honors Collection have been recognized by the leading IT industry chairmen as true revolutionaries in their fields.”