WorldMate Wins The PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit Award
Hotel Alerts and Counter Offers Feature Poised to Disrupt Travel Industry
LOS ANGELES |
13 NOVEMBER, 2014
WorldMate Inc., a Carlson Wagonlit Travel company, secured the Most Innovative Established Company Award at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit, beating out dozens of highly regarded companies. This accolade recognizes WorldMate’s Hotel Price Alerts and Counter Offers as the most innovative and potentially disruptive travel technology of 2014.
The company presented its breakthrough technology to a crowd of industry executives and a panel of travel experts. In the Hotel Price Alert live demonstration, WorldMate showcased the app’s ability to alert the traveler when the rate for a previously booked hotel has dropped and then to cancel automatically the original reservation and re-book at a significant discount. Hotel Counter Offers went one step further providing an upgraded hotel while still saving money from the original booking. During the 7-minute presentation, WorldMate revealed that these innovations save travelers an average of $88 per trip and the entire process takes less than one minute requiring as few as 8 clicks.
“WorldMate has remained at the leading edge of travel industry innovation since 2000,” said Amir Kirshenboim, WorldMate CEO. “Price Alerts and Counter Offers are the culmination of over 100 man-years of engineering and are only possible because of the amazing efforts of our talented and dedicated team.”
These recent features are the latest manifestations of WorldMate’s tradition of first-to-market innovations. Hotel Price Alerts and Counter Offers are built upon WorldMate’s core technology including Email Parsing, Itinerary Management, and the patent-pending LinkCatch, which harvests actionable links in a travel confirmation email to automate the booking and cancellation process.
The PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Award is the sixth win in a row for WorldMate covering numerous competitions in the travel and mobile industries. The highly acclaimed app is available for free on the iTunes app store.
WorldMate, Inc., a Carlson Wagonlit Travel company, serves over 11 million business travelers by managing their itineraries, guiding them through every
aspect of their trips and saving them time, money and headaches along the way. Travelers simply forward their confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and WorldMate takes care of the rest – flight alerts, the booking of last-minute hotels and car rentals, weather forecasts, currencies conversions and much more.
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.