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Feature-Rich Desktop Tools Give Worldspan Agents a Competitive Edge in Booking Car Rentals and Hotels

Feature-Rich Desktop Tools Give Worldspan Agents a Competitive Edge in Booking Car Rentals and Hotels

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Global travel technology leader Worldspan, L.P. has simplified car rental and hotel booking capabilities for travel agency subscribers worldwide with advanced, interactive tools that sit right on the travel agent's desktop. The new Worldspan Go!(R) Car and Hotel Booking products are timesaving tools that allow agents to shop and book travel for their clients in a rich media, browser-based environment, using the latest technologies and interactive features. Announced here today at THETRADESHOW and available for demonstration at Worldspan's booth number 523, these are the latest solutions developed by Worldspan to help travel agents become more productive and increase commission opportunities.

"Worldspan's new car and hotel booking tools present an abundance of new and unique capabilities not previously available to our subscribers -- all timesaving features that eliminate manual processing and increase speed and productivity," said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America. "These powerful desktop tools are further examples of our ongoing initiative to deliver solutions that help agencies operate more efficiently, build traveler satisfaction and increase their revenues."

The Go! Car Booking tool is a total package giving agents the option to book and sell car rentals by first shopping availability and information -- or quickly 'direct sell' a car. Shopping off-airport car rental locations has been simplified through a new feature that searches locations by zip code. This feature expands already-rich search criteria, which includes shopping by city name, by airport or from an all locations list. To further assist agents in decision making, a new comparison-shopping feature provides results based on price, location, car company and car company address. New mapping navigation tools let agents plot rental locations on a map and access driving directions, which can be printed to assist travelers at their destinations. Additionally, booking data can be automatically pre-populated from existing reservations -- a big time saver for agents. All searches and bookings are completed using point-and-click and mouse-over functionality, interactive links, pop-up calendars, dialog boxes and more.

Travel agents can arrange hotel reservations in seconds with the new Go! Hotel Booking tool, a one-stop shopping and booking solution. The tool is helpful to travel agents who are unfamiliar with traditional GDS formats, which are eliminated from the agent's buying experience and replaced by intuitive point-and-click access to Worldspan's global hotel content and booking functionality. Agents have at their command an array of new and unique hotel search capabilities, and all-new sorting and display options, including a feature that displays only available hotels. Agents can view property images to assist in making purchase decisions, save hotels during a search and also save "My Favorite" hotel search for subsequent shopping requests. Maps and driving directions are also available, and interactive functionality automatically populates reservation fields with traveler data from existing PNRs. The new tool interfaces with the Worldspan global reservations system, ensuring agents receive real-time availability and rate information from hotel suppliers. All of the new features are designed to save time, build travel agent productivity, eliminate phone calls to hotel suppliers for information and availability and help travel agencies provide higher service levels to travelers.

Travel agents can access the new tools within the Worldspan Go! Script Index on their desktops, and simply select Car Booking or Hotel Booking.

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.

Statements in this release and any exhibits hereto which are not purely historical facts, including statements about forecasted financial projections or other statements about anticipations, beliefs, expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to Worldspan, L.P. ("the Company") on the date this release was submitted. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: the Company's revenue being highly dependent on the travel and transportation industries; airlines limiting their participation in travel marketing and distribution services; airlines altering their content or changing the pricing of such content; or other changes within, or that may affect the travel industry or the Company. More information on potential risks and uncertainties is available in the Company's recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual Form 10-K report, Forms 10-Q, and Forms 8-K.

Worldspan and all other Worldspan marks identified with a (R) or SM contained herein are either registered marks or service marks or trademarks of Worldspan, L.P. throughout the world.

Worldspan, L.P.

CONTACT: Patricia Cooledge of Worldspan, +1-770-563-4827, or
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.worldspan.com/

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