Microsoft And Travelport Team To Help Airlines, Travel Industry Suppliers, And Travel Agencies Enric

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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 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    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

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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



    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.


   SOURCE: Microsoft Corp.; Travelport 

    

  CONTACT: 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 /

 

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