ATLANTA, June 28 /CNW/ -- Global travel technology provider Worldspan,
L.P. has introduced an interactive rail booking tool that makes train bookings
as simple for travel agents as arranging travel online. The new Worldspan Go!
Rail Booking Tool eliminates traditional GDS entries, and replaces them with
intuitive, Web-like travel buying tools to simplify and accelerate the rail
buying experience. The new shopping, booking and commission-generating tool
sits on the travel agent's desktop for quick and easy access. It is available
free of charge to Worldspan agents globally.
Travel agents are able to shop and book the products of leading North
American, European and Japanese rail service providers through graphical
displays, using point-and-click navigation, mouse-over functionality, pull-
down menus, interactive calendars and a route mapping tool-all intuitive
features that fully integrate with the Worldspan GDS. The new Go! Rail Booking
Tool is Worldspan's first interactive, rail-specific product, paving the way
to a single platform for booking global rail content.
"As the latest addition to our suite of interactive desktop tools for
travel agents, the new Go! Rail Booking Tool introduces many first-time,
timesaving capabilities. It is all about simplicity, speed and increased
revenues for our customers," said Sue Powers, Worldspan chief information
officer and senior vice president - Worldwide Product Solutions. "The tool
boosts productivity for agents with extensive experience in booking rail, and
it is extremely beneficial to novice agents who are unfamiliar with GDS
Worldspan travel agents in the United Sates have access to the full
product portfolios of Amtrak in North America, and Eurostar and AccesRail in
Europe. The full product portfolios of Amtrak and AccesRail are available to
Canadian travel agents. Point-to-point and rail pass services are bookable.
Agents have access to Amtrak rail passes in the United States, a broad
selection of European rail passes, such as BritRail and Eurail, and Japan Rail
East passes. UK, German and Swedish Rail services, and London Airport Express
services to/from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports are also available.
The Go! Rail Booking Tool taps into Worldspan's global travel database for
real-time availability, rates, rules, terms and conditions, and booking and
In addition to automating GDS formats, graphical displays minimize the
need to manually compare pricing and availability options, and agents also use
easy-to-search rail station lists that eliminate the need to know specific and
often-confusing train station codes. Agents can view routing maps, and also
view and print fare rules, terms and conditions. Tickets are easily issued on
air ticket printers using standard airline ticket stock. Rail segments can be
added to PNRs containing other travel segments, including air, car rentals and
hotels, and when applicable, rail segments can be priced with air segments and
issued on one ticket. All rail bookings integrate fully with travel agency
back-office and accounting systems.
To access the tool, travel agents simply click on the Script Index on the
Worldspan Go! menu bar, select the Book tab and choose the Go! Rail Booking
Tool. The new tool replaces the Amtrak booking script previously used by
agents through Worldspan Go!
The Worldspan Go! Rail Booking Tool sits alongside other new interactive
desktop tools for booking low fares, car rentals and hotels. The Go! e-Pricing
Shopping Tool invokes the acclaimed suite of Worldspan e-Pricing(R)
technologies, enabling agents to conduct distinct types of low-fare searches
from a single launch point. The Go! Car Booking Tool and Go! Hotel Booking
tool offer agents rich search criteria, valuable comparison shopping features,
vehicle and hotel images to assist in the travel buying process, and much
About Worldspan, L.P.
Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers,
travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. Utilizing some
of the fastest, most flexible and efficient networks and computing
technologies, Worldspan provides comprehensive electronic data services
linking thousands of travel suppliers around the world to a global customer
base. Worldspan offers industry-leading Fares and Pricing technology such as
Worldspan e-Pricing(R), hosting solutions and customized travel products.
Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce
costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!(R) and
Worldspan Trip Manager(R) XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Additional information is available at worldspan.com.
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