Worldspan® Forms Strategic Partnership With’s REZconnect To Offer On-Line Booking Solutions For The Cruise and Tour Industry Jun-13-2001

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Executive Vice President

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Worldspan Contact: Patricia C. Forsyth

Manager, Worldwide Corporate Communications


Worldspan® Forms Strategic Partnership With’s REZconnect™ To Offer On-Line Booking Solutions For The
Cruise and Tour Industry

ATLANTA, June 13, 2001 Worldspan, a global distribution system providing electronic commerce and reservation capabilities for airlines, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and tours to nearly 21,000 travel agencies worldwide, has formed a strategic relationship with, Inc., (NASDAQ: [otcbb]: ETVT), the companies announced today. The purpose of the strategic partnership is to utilize eTravnet’s unique patent-pending technology, REZconnect, to expand the scope of Worldspan’s web-based travel product booking capabilities called Worldspan On The WebSM (WOW).

REZconnect, a net-to-phone-to-net real-time reservation system broadens the scope of travel vendors which can be booked by travel agents through Worldspan’s Internet platform. REZconnect bridges the gap between niche market travel suppliers and the computerized Worldspan travel agent, allowing the agent to make reservations on-line with vendors whose products are not currently represented in travel agency computer systems.

“REZconnect will allow Worldspan® to deliver boutique and niche market products to our growing and global base of Worldspan subscribers, significantly increasing the breadth of products available in the Worldspan system. ” states Jesse Liebmen, Worldspan’s senior vice president and general manager – Worldwide Travel Suppliers Services. “This is a valuable addition to our reservation system. By using REZconnect, we can provide the travel agent, and ultimately the traveler, with instant, automated and efficient access to travel providers that are currently booked predominantly by telephone. This provides the opportunity for improved efficiency and greater profits for our travel agency customers,” states Mike Parks, senior vice president and general manager – Worldwide Travel Distribution.

The beauty of REZconnect lies in its simplicity according to Michael Brent, President & CEO of “The agent goes to Worldspan’s Resource Center, chooses the travel product, completes the required reservation information and, with the click of a mouse, propels the text information through our system which creates a telephone call to the vendor’s reservation center,” he explains. The text message is “read” by a pre-recorded voice to the reservation agent who accepts or declines the reservation simply by pressing numbers on the keypad of the touchtone telephone. Confirmation numbers and other required information is entered by the reservation agent ensuring the quality and confidence in each booking that Worldspan’s customers expect. “We invite visitors to our demonstration website at,” Brent concludes.

The companies’ agreement includes opportunities to offer REZconnect access to tour operators as well as unique lodgings such as independent hotels, historic homes, and Bed-and-Breakfasts. The initial phase will focus on the cruise lines who would otherwise remain unavailable in the Worldspan system.

“REZconnect, Worldspan, and niche market cruising are a perfect match,” according to Stephanie Abrams, eTravnet’s Executive Vice President. “Our relationship with Worldspan provides an excellent vehicle to give boutique, niche market cruise lines, the opportunity to interface with Worldspan’s outstanding global travel agency network. REZconnect’s presence on Worldspan’s Internet platform, Worldspan On the WebSM, provides an enormous marketing and sales opportunity for these special cruise lines while making the reservation process more efficient for the Worldspan network of travel agencies. And the cruise line benefits from extending its marketing and sales reach electronically without changing the way it operates its reservation department since the Internet based reservation creates a phone call to its reservations department.” Decisions regarding cruise lines which will be included in the program will be made jointly by the two companies, Abrams states.

Having the opportunity to work with Worldspan to implement REZconnect is a source of pride for, according to Brent. “Our strategic alliance with Worldspan again validates our belief in the value of REZconnect’s ability to bring unique travel vendors into an automated environment, “Brent concludes

About, under the “Global Travel Network” trade name, is a leading franchiser of travel agencies based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. The Company, rated first among all of the franchisers in North America by Income Opportunities Magazine (April ’99), has provided franchisees with a competitive edge and with award-winning marketing and customer loyalty programs worldwide since its inception in 1982. Its marketing presence was expanded with its website development providing interactive travel booking capabilities and special savings resulting from its enormous buying power. The Company has differentiated its Internet presence by providing the opportunity for the web consumer to click into one of its retail travel agency locations for personal attention from a travel consultant. The concept of “Log on, walk in, phone in,” offers travel clients the opportunity to purchase travel packages through the most convenient means to the client.

About Worldspan

Worldspan provides global electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and electronic commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers and corporations worldwide. The company's three lines of business are travel supplier services, e-commerce, and global distribution systems for the worldwide travel industry. The Worldspan reservations system provides nearly 21,000 travel agencies and other users worldwide with travel data and booking capabilities for hundreds of the world's leading travel supplier services. Worldspan is the market leader in e-commerce for the travel industry, processing more than 50 percent of all online travel bookings. The company maintains world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Worldspan is owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) and TWA Airlines LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, Inc. Additional information is available at


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