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Carlson Wagonlit Travel Teams Up with GetThere for Online Corporate Travel Reservation System


Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) signed a reseller agreement with GetThere to offer clients worldwide enhanced flexibility in their choice of online booking systems, the travel management company announced today.

The GetThere online corporate travel reservation system is available to CWT clients in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and is offered in eight languages. The GetThere system complements CWT's proprietary online booking tool CWT Horizon, which is available in the United States and Canada.

Leading the online booking trend and driving process optimization worldwide are not only strategic priorities for CWT, but essential levers for effective travel management, according to Hubert Joly, CWT's president and chief executive officer. He said, "Online booking allows companies to reduce their total travel costs by roughly 10 percent. Realizing savings depends on the ability to quickly drive online adoption around the world. This requires know-how from the moment a company considers implementing an online booking system to the time it takes to reach desired online adoption levels. So in
addition to offering clients our proprietary, cutting-edge technology, CWT is committed to being the most effective travel management consulting company and leading-edge systems integrator for a range of technology solutions. This is one of the ways we help clients achieve great results from their travel program."

CWT's global reseller agreement solidifies a longstanding relationship established in 1998, when a CWT client first integrated the GetThere system into its managed travel program. The GetThere online reservation system offers several functionalities, including multi-GDS (Global Distribution System) compatibility, multilingual capabilities and international currencies. CWT clients will enjoy added benefits that include preferential pricing; seamless integration with other CWT proprietary technologies, such as CWT Portrait, the company's profiling tool; and faster rollout for GetThere implementation, thanks to a reusable, CWT-specific framework. GetThere also provides local support staff in those markets around the world where its system is available.

"CWT is committed to providing its clients best-in-class technology options, proprietary and third-party, to ensure their travel program meets the business goals of the organization and its culture," said Jack O'Neill, chief operating officer CWT North America. "CWT Horizon and GetThere are industry-leading solutions our clients look to in order to achieve both savings and traveler satisfaction."

"We've been successfully providing online booking tools to CWT clients for several years now," added Beverly Heinritz, GetThere general manager. "So we're excited about formalizing our relationship with CWT and are committed to working closely with them to deliver optimum supplier content and streamlined reservation processes that drive value for clients worldwide."

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