ATLANTA, June 20 /CNW/ -- Worldspan travel agents in the United States
and Canada are the beneficiaries of a new travel services agreement between
Home&Abroad and global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P. Through a
new Web-based interface between the companies' systems, Home&Abroad's robust
Trip Planning tool has been introduced to the Worldspan Go!(R) Resource
Center, an advanced Web portal within the Worldspan Go! travel agency desktop
system. Worldspan has also redesigned the Go! Resource Center with a new
interface and several content presentation enhancements.
After a trip is booked in Worldspan, travel agents are able to use the
online link to Home&Abroad's Trip Planning application for value-added
customer service. The link connects agents to an expansive portal of products,
services, current information and booking tools for more than 85 destinations
worldwide, and new cities are added each week. Offerings include sightseeing
tours, event tickets, cultural attractions and much more. The tool enables
Worldspan agents to enhance client relationships by supplying travelers with
select onsite activities in advance of travel. Agents can customize
Home&Abroad's Trip Planning tool to their travel agencies, and include
personalized introductions and trip notes when sending itinerary ideas to
"Home&Abroad provides a valuable service enhancement tool for agents that
is rich in content and easily accessed through the Go! Resource Center," said
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America Sales and
Worldwide Travel Supplier Solutions. "Today's travelers are looking for
resources that provide both exceptional travel value and utmost personal
convenience. This tool will build satisfaction and loyalty among travelers for
their Worldspan agents."
"Like Worldspan, we are dedicated to developing tools that will help
travel agents, and thereby travelers, create transformative vacation
experiences," said Mark Schroeder, Home&Abroad co-founder and chief executive
officer. "Home&Abroad is honored to work with Worldspan and its travel agency
customers in this exciting new initiative."
A link to the Home&Abroad portal is also offered through Worldspan's My
Trip and More online traveler itinerary Web site (mytripandmore.com). The
Worldspan Go! Resource Center features a new graphical user interface (GUI),
refined content categories and other enhancements. Travel agents use the Web-
based portal to shop and book tours, cruises, packaged travel, non-GDS hotels,
travel insurance and many other value-added services. A new Product Spotlight,
currently featuring Home&Abroad, increases visibility when new suppliers are
added, and the Go! Resource Center is newly accessible from the My Links tab
on the Go! desktop.
Based in Boulder, Colo., Home&Abroad was formed by a group of Internet
veterans who wanted to help travelers quickly plan great travel experiences,
at no cost. Home&Abroad continues to deepen and expand the core competency of
trip planning by continually introducing new destination planning tools and
features, and adding new cities and local resources each month.
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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