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 WizCom-TEN Online Interface to Enhance Online Distribution for WizCom Hotel Customers
PARSIPPANY, NJ, June 10, 1999 – WizCom International, Ltd. (“WizCom”) and TEN Online announced today a letter of intent to develop an interface between the TEN Online Level 2000 Internet Distribution System (IDS) and the WizCom Wizdom® Global Distribution System (GDS) Switch to facilitate reservations processing for WizCom hotel customers.  The WizCom-TEN Online interface will allow hotels using the Wizdom® GDS Switch to enhance their online booking capability and broaden their distribution reach. 

“TEN Online is known for the exceptional turnkey web-based solutions it provides to some of the world’s leading travel, tourism and entertainment companies,” said Flo Lugli, President of WizCom. “WizCom’s interface with TEN Online highlights our own commitment to offering our customers more control and choice in building distribution strategies that best meet their needs” 

The first hotels expected to take advantage of this new connectivity are the 1,348 WizCom customer hotels  that represent nearly twenty-five percent of the 5,398 hotels worldwide participating in the Woodside Travel Trust Preferred Rate Hotel Program, powered by TEN Online.  Woodside Travel Trust is the world’s largest travel management company with operations in 76 countries.  Initial Woodside Travel Trust partner agencies participating include Forbes Travel of Pittsburgh and National Travel of Charleston.

“TEN Online is excited to work with WizCom as the industry-leader in switch technology,” said Dennis Coffey, Chief Executive Officer, TEN Online.  “Inventory accessible through the WizCom switch and reservation service will now be bookable online via the TEN Online Level 2000 IDS.” 

TEN Online provides Internet and Intranet web development and e-commerce services for the organizations and associations that comprise the travel and tourism industries, including travel agencies, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, car rental, motorcoach, tour operators, and convention and visitor bureaus. TEN Online hosts numerous travel industry Web sites, including those for CLIA, ICTA, and Woodside Travel Trust, to name a few.

WizCom International, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), was founded in 1987 and has provided its proven GDS and Internet connectivity and transactions processing to the hotel and auto rental industries for over ten years.  WizCom processes GDS reservation services for more than 90 hotel companies and over 25 car rental firms. 

What is a Global Distribution System (GDS)
  • A Global Distribution System is a broader term for Central Reservation System (CRS)
  • Both these terms equate to the Airline Distribution Systems
There are 4 main systems:- 
  • Amadeus - owners include Lufthansa, Air France, Iberia 
  • SABRE - owned by American Airlines 
  • Galileo - owners include United Airlines, BA, KLM, USAir, Swissair
  • WORLDSPAN  - owners include TWA, NorthWest and Delta airlines 
These systems dominate the world of airline bookings. When these systems expanded to accept hotel and car rental bookings worldwide, they became global. Now, travel agents can book air tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars all at the same time from the one terminal. 
Joseph Neubig 
WizCom International Ltd.
(973) 496-7984
John Ramos
TEN Online
(831) 685-2762
Also See: WizCom Refocus Includes Alignment with Cendant's Proven Model of Matrix Management / Sept 1998 

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