Orem, UT and Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 17, 2007
Zonder, a leading vacation rental service, and global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P. jointly announced today that travel agencies, corporations and travel Web sites worldwide have gained real-time access through Worldspan to thousands of vacation rental properties from Zonder as an alternative to traditional hotels or resorts.
Vacation rentals are typically private homes, cabins, condos or villas and are becoming increasingly popular among leisure travelers. Luxury vacation rentals are also rented by corporate groups for retreats because of the greater space and more relaxed layout compared to traditional hotel rooms.
Zonder’s XML interface provides Worldspan customers with access to extensive vacation rental content, including property photos and detailed amenities, up-to-the-minute availability and rates, integrated bookings and immediate confirmations when any Zonder vacation rental is booked in Worldspan.
“Worldspan is pleased to partner with a leader in online vacation rental properties. Our relationship with Zonder will enhance Worldspan's leisure content and provide our customers with efficient access to availability and real-time bookings in the growing vacation rental segment,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president – North America Sales and Worldwide Travel Supplier Solutions.
Bob Barnes, CEO of Zonder explained, “We are excited about our partnership with Worldspan. This means that our vacation rental properties are now available to Worldspan's traditional agency, e-commerce and corporate customers worldwide. This is a great leap forward for the vacation rental industry and we are pleased to be taking it with a technology and content distribution leader.”
The technology partnership employs an advanced interface between Zonder’s internal reservations system and the Worldspan GDS, utilizing Worldspan’s industry-leading XML Pro data exchange technology and Zonder’s leading XML technology. XML Pro enables real-time data exchange between the Worldspan GDS and travel companies that use any technology platform, solution or business channel.
Zonder’s Web 2.0 technology connects directly to the Worldspan system to increase the amount and accuracy of content that can be delivered for real-time shopping and booking. Zonder’s content is accessible through the Worldspan Hotel Select® booking system, the Worldspan Go!® Hotel Booking Tool, and the Worldspan Trip Manager® XE and Trip Manager XE for Small Business corporate online booking tools.
Zonder (http://www.zonder.com) is a Web 2.0 vacation rental service that provides the ability to find and book thousands of vacation rental properties worldwide. Zonder was founded by successful search industry veterans who were frustrated with the complicated process involved with booking a vacation rental.
About Worldspan, L.P.
Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for airlines, 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®, Worldspan Rapid Reprice®, hosting solutions and customized travel products. Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!® and Worldspan Trip Manager® XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available at worldspan.com.
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Zonder: Mark Fischer, Blakeslee Advertising for Zonder, (435) 647-0910 or (410) 336-9981, e-mail: mark.fischer @ blakesleeadv.com
Zonder: Darren Johnson, (801) 814-4717, e-mail: djohnson @ zonder.com
Worldspan: Erin Hadaway, (770) 563-6545, e-mail: erin.hadaway @ worldspan.com
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