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TRAVELPORT AND WORLDMATE® UNITE TO BRING BEST IN TRAVEL MOBILITY TECHNOLOGY TO BUSINESS TRAVELERS IN THE US. AND CANADA
ATLANTA, May 11, 2010 - Travelport, one of the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) providers, operating both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, today announced details of a new multi-year mobile technology distribution arrangement with WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services with over 5 million active customers worldwide. Through the agreement, Travelport will bring WorldMate's premiere mobile technology to travel management companies (TMCs), their corporate customers and business travelers in the U.S. and Canada. TMCs will be able to private-label the application and provide special features, including direct click-to-call, which offers customers a simple way to connect to their designated travel representative. WorldMate lets TMCs deliver real-time updates directly to travelers' smartphones, including flight plans, hotel arrangements and meeting details. WorldMate's intelligent travel tools let business travelers stay in control of their trips and make the most of their business travel. Services provided include:
- Comprehensive itinerary management, directly on the smartphone
- Pop-up flight alerts if a flight is delayed or canceled, with suggested alternative flights when necessary
- Calendar synchronization of flight and hotel information to Outlook / Notes
- Easy sharing of itineraries with coworkers and business contacts
- Itinerary integration with mapping and navigation
- Easy connections with LinkedIn contacts while on the road
- One-click access to designated travel representative
"We're delighted to bring WorldMate's industry-leading mobile travel technology to our TMCs and their corporate customers, which will ultimately enhance the quality of service provided to business travelers, keeping them connected and informed throughout the trip," said Scott Hyden, vice president, U.S. Sales, Travelport. "The product features on WorldMate are exceptional. As we listen to our customers' needs, Travelport will continue to partner with companies like Worldmate to deliver world-class solutions."
"This collaboration between Travelport and WorldMate enables TMCs to create their own privately branded premium mobile offering," said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. "Teaming up with a travel distribution leader like Travelport will also enable real-time information and transactional capabilities that were never seen before on a smartphone."
Travelport is a broad-based business services company and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the global travel industry. Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a leading global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services; Airline IT Solutions, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and data analysis solutions for major airlines. With 2009 revenues of $2.2 billion, Travelport operates in 160 countries and has approximately 5,400 employees.
Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Travelport management.
About WorldMate, Inc.
WorldMate is the personal travel assistant chosen by over 5 million business and premiere travelers worldwide. WorldMate caters to every aspect of business travel, understands your personal preferences and recommends the ideal options for the best possible travel experience. WorldMate sends real-time "push" alerts about itinerary updates and changes, including flight delays or cancellations and provides travel resources such as flight schedules, weather forecasts, travel directories, maps, world clocks, a currency converter and much more.
Director, Corporate Communications