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Carlson Wagonlit Travel announces new long term agreement with Travelport

LANGLEY, U.K. | 22 SEPTEMBER, 2014

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), one of the world’s leading travel management companies and Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, have today announced an expanded multi-year, global agreement.

The agreement builds upon the two companies’ already long standing relationship and creates a long-term commercial framework to lead and define the working partnership between the two organizations through to the next decade.

As part of the agreement, CWT travel counselors will continue to have access to Travelport’s unsurpassed travel content inventory, which includes fares and now ancillaries from the world’s leading network and low cost carriers, as well as its industry leading merchandising and desktop technology. Travelport will, in turn, benefit from new and incremental business from CWT in certain targeted countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Gordon Wilson, president and CEO, Travelport commented: “This new agreement with CWT represents a strong, long term commitment to Travelport and expands the successful global partnership we have enjoyed now for many years – it clearly demonstrates how positively CWT view both our team and our Travel Commerce Platform offering.” 

Doug Anderson, president and CEO, CWT commented: "At CWT, we know that to provide best-in-class support to our clients and their travelers, we must balance the latest digital technology with outstanding customer service, today and in the future. Our new agreement with Travelport allows us to continue to do just that."

About CWT

CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2013, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$26.9 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.

About Travelport
(www.travelport.com)
Travelport is a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry.  With a presence in over 170 countries, approximately 3,600 employees and 2013 net revenue of $2.1 billion, Travelport is comprised of:

  • A Travel Commerce Platform, through which we facilitate travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in our proprietary business to business (“B2B”) travel commerce marketplace.   As travel industry demands evolve, we are utilizing our Travel Commerce Platform to redefine the electronic distribution and merchandising of airline core and ancillary products, as well as extending our reach into the growing world of travel commerce beyond air, including to hotel, car rental and payments.
  • Technology Services, through which we provide critical IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and reduce costs.

Media contacts
CWT Global:

Chloe Couchman or Carrie-Ann Cooper
020 3353 1497/1110 (office)
07767 418834/07785 458 884 (mobile)
ccouchman@carlsonwagonlit.com
/ ccooper@carlsonwagonlit.com

Travelport:

Kate Aldridge or Mark Hamilton
+44 (0)1753 288720/288342 (office)
+44 (0)7921 698757/+44 (0) 7552 212132
Email: kate.aldridge@travelport.com / mark.hamilton@travelport.com