Microsoft and Travelport Team to Help Airlines, Travel Industry Suppliers, and Travel Agencies Enrich and Personalize the Traveller Experience



    REDMOND, Wash. and LANGLEY, England, Oct. 22 /CNW/ -- Microsoft Corp. and
Travelport today announced they are teaming together to develop an integrated
set of services targeted for the travel industry to address challenges faced
by travellers, suppliers, and travel agents. Through the collaboration,
Microsoft and Travelport will explore the development of services designed to
improve the traveller experience and to provide airlines, travel suppliers,
and travel agencies, including travel management companies (TMCs) and online
travel agents (OTAs), with new revenue and cost reduction opportunities,
broader distribution reach, and improved customer satisfaction and loyalty.
The services are slated for Q1 2009.
    

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    "In bringing together Microsoft's rich, interactive technologies with
Travelport's deep marketplace of travel content and informed choice, we are
creating a completely innovative solution for the travel industry. This will
improve the traveler experience with a new level of personalization and change
how suppliers, TMCs, and OTAs reach travellers," said Geoff Cairns, worldwide
managing director, Hospitality, Microsoft.
    

    
    In the travel industry, Microsoft is focused on helping airlines and
service providers deliver a highly personalized travel experience across all
channels and from all devices. This includes helping service providers to
better identify travellers, understand their individual preferences and needs,
and build a strong emotional connection through all stages of travel.
    

    
    Travelport is the leader in Web-based travel e-commerce and provides the
most relevant, cost-efficient technologies and services available to
participants throughout the global travel distribution chain. The company
processes 1.1 billion travel transactions per day. More than 63,000 travel
agencies, the world's leading travel suppliers and corporations globally rely
on Travelport to drive productivity, lower operating costs and serve millions
of travellers throughout the world.
    

    
    This engagement builds on a history of Microsoft and Travelport working
together on innovative technology solutions in the travel space. Previously,
the two companies have collaborated to create ground-breaking solutions, such
as Travelport's e-Pricing shopping technology, which was originally developed
for Expedia and now benefits all Travelport customers, and Travelport Cache
Control, which was developed with Microsoft. Travelport also provides the
Microsoft corporate travel booking solution.
    

    
    "We are delighted to partner with technology leader Microsoft to develop
innovative travel solutions across multiple channels," said Keith Woodcock,
senior vice president, Travelport GDS. "Like other ground-breaking solutions
we have developed with Microsoft, the technology investment and development is
a result of listening to our customers' needs and will ultimately benefit the
traveler, travel agencies, airlines, and other travel suppliers."
    

    About Microsoft in Hospitality
    
    Microsoft's Hospitality Group enables the personalization of the
connected traveler experience, leading to increased revenue streams by
leveraging observed trends from loyalty and preferences data. Microsoft and
partner solutions provide compelling, personalized traveler experiences --
including on-demand entertainment and business productivity -- on a familiar
platform that most travelers already use at home and work. Through a
combination of Microsoft- and partner-based solutions, the hospitality
industry can turn data into insight, ideas into action and change into
opportunity. More information about Microsoft's Hospitality Group can be found
at http://www.microsoft.com/hospitality.
    

    About Microsoft
    
    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.
    

    About Travelport
    
    Travelport is one of the world's largest travel conglomerates offering
broad based business services to companies operating in the global travel
industry. The company is comprised of Travelport GDS, a global distribution
system business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a group
travel and wholesale hotel business; Business Intelligence by Travelport, a
data analysis business; and IT Services and Software, which hosts mission
critical applications and provides business solutions for major airlines.
    

    
    Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:   OWW), a
leading global online travel company. With 2007 revenues of $2.6 billion,
Travelport operates in 145 countries and has approximately 5,500 employees.
    

    
    Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity
Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Travelport management.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Jill Brenner, of Travelport,
jill.brenner@travelport.com, +1-973-939-1325; or Simona Cotta Ramusino, of
Metia for Microsoft, simona.cotta-ramusino@metia.com, +44 (0)20 3100 3603 Web
Site: http://www.microsoft.com/hospitality                
http://www.travelport.com

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