..Putman Travel and Worldspan




Putman Travel Signs on With Worldspan in New Travel Technology Partnership

ATLANTA, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire: Global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P. has been selected by Putman Travel in upstate South Carolina as the travel firm's preferred global distribution system (GDS) and travel technology partner. Putman Travel signed a new provider agreement with Worldspan in late summer and the parties recently completed Putman Travel's full transition to the Worldspan system. 

    Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, with locations in both Greenville and nearby Anderson, Putman Travel is upstate South Carolina's premier, full-service travel management company. The firm and its staff of nearly 20 corporate and leisure travel counselors specialize in both luxury and corporate travel, honeymoons, cruises, family vacations, student trips, group travel, tours, all-inclusive packages and incentive travel.

    "Putman Travel is a thriving organization with more than 20 solid years of success, and we are pleased to serve as their travel technology partner of choice," said Mike Parks, Worldspan senior vice president and general manager -- Worldwide Travel Distribution. "Worldspan offers a genuine and dedicated travel agency partnership, focused on advancing Putman Travel's capabilities, growing their revenues and reducing their costs of doing business."

    "Superior solutions and service make Worldspan a model technology partner. Worldspan says they're the best at 'changing the tire while the car is rolling,' and it's true," said Mike Putman, chief operating officer for Putman Travel. "Switching GDSs is a complicated mission, yet Worldspan, with its technical experts and training instructors, implemented a finely tuned approach unique to our operations, and it was a very smooth conversion. Worldspan is experienced, resourceful and professional in every regard."

    Putman Travel employs the browser-based Worldspan Go!(R) desktop system, representing the industry's most advanced and inclusive travel agency networking environment. Go! is a fully integrated travel planning and management solution, which interfaces with Worldspan's global travel database and renowned fares and pricing system, as well as the Internet. From their desktops, travel agents have one-click access to complete travel planning, booking and ticketing resources. Putman Travel will also utilize Worldspan's market-leading fares and pricing technologies, including: Worldspan Rapid Reprice(R), the first and most comprehensive automated ticket repricing solution; Worldspan SecuRate(R) Air, the travel industry's leading solutions for managing private and negotiated fares; and Worldspan e-Pricing(R), a revolutionary suite of tools that continue to set global standards in low-fare shopping and booking technology.

    In business since 1985, Putman Travel has been voted Best of the Upstate 11 times by readers of South Carolina's Greenville News. The company's success has been built by the expertise and deep experience of its travel counselors in several niche markets. Putman Travel offers a Corporate Travel Center to serve the needs of business travelers, a Cruise Center, which is the largest seller of cruises in the state of South Carolina, and a Vacation Store, which plans more than 32,000 trips annually. Putman Travel cruise specialists have cruised on over 155 ships and are expert in providing customers with detailed knowledge of each cruise line and their offerings. Putman Travel is a member of the International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN), Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), National Association of Cruise Oriented Agencies (NACOA), and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).

 About Worldspan, L.P.

Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for 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 approximately 800 travel suppliers around the world to a global customer base. Worldspan offers industry-leading Fares and Pricing technology such as Worldspan e-Pricing(R), hosting solutions and customized travel products. Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!(R) and Worldspan Trip Manager(R) XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available at worldspan.com.


CONTACT:  Erin Hadaway of Worldspan, L.P., +1-770-563-6545, or erin.hadaway@worldspan.com /

Web site:  http://www.worldspan.com/