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#1 Provider of Car Rental Software Teams with
VIP International to Fuel Independents’
Reservation Volume

Independent Car Rental Agencies in Local Markets Speed Ahead with Total-Pricing, Real Time Connectivity to GDSes Via TSD, VIP Alliance
CALGARY, Alberta, Canada – October 7, 2003 – VIP International, a channel marketing provider committed to being the number one producer of bookings per clients in the hotel, car rental, and airline industries, announced it signed an agreement with TSD Inc., the industry’s largest provider of car rental reservation applications, to utilize its seamless GDS connectivity for booking more reservations for VIP’s clients.  The agreement gives VIP’s car rental clients the same online total-pricing marketing capabilities as a major franchise without the high costs.

The TSD technology provides Independent car rental companies in local markets – on and off airport properties – with tools to compete with the largest agencies through real time rate adjustment, total pricing on-line, and seamless connectivity to GDSes and leading Internet travel sites.  “VIP’s independent car rental clients will see their bookings increase as a direct result of our agreement with TSD,” said Kelly Blake, President of VIP International.  “Our customers will have the most current level of connectivity to GDSes through an advanced ASP system that they can access themselves to adjust their selling strategies and offer accurate last-rate, last-car availability.  This will give our independent car rental companies the all-inclusive Internet pricing and real-time booking ability that is expected in today’s market.  This also allows us to comply with travel sites, like Orbitz, by providing seamless connectivity and total pricing.  If you are not a seamless provider, your company is often not displayed on all pages of the GDSes; likewise, total-pricing, where all local fees are disclosed in rental car pricing, is essential for travel agent bookings.  VIP’s goal is to drive more business for our clients, and TSD will help us do this.” 

VIP International will implement TSD’s innovative XML technology to level the Web playing field for its clients against the largest car rental companies.  “We will give VIP’s clients the Web technology to provide consumers with real-time inventory availability – updated every five seconds – and total-rate pricing. We will also deliver nearly instantaneous confirmations without going through fax, modem, or other legacy delivery systems,” said TSD Director of Sales and Marketing, Charles Grieco.  “With our new agreement, VIP’s clients will be able to take advantage of TSD’s XML Remote reservation system to book more business directly through travel agents, insurance providers, Internet sites, and the GDSes.” 

To ensure rates and availability are current across all booking channels, TSD’s XML Remote reservation system will automatically generate rate and inventory updates from VIP’s car rental clients to end consumers, such as travel agents and Internet travel sites.  When new reservations are received, notification will be instantly relayed to VIP’s clients, and TSD will send a message confirming the reservation.  VIP’s Kelly Blake said, “TSD will be VIP’s car-agency technology partner to provide total-rate pricing and the latest global GDS connectivity to our clients.  Offering leading edge technology is essential to generating more business for VIP’s clients, and TSD is the industry leader in rental car booking technology.” 

About TSD Inc.
TSD Inc. is a technologies company specializing in vehicle rental and fleet management automation, and developers of industry-leading software such as TSD RENTAL Management Software and EDiCAR, an electronic insurance replacement reservation system utilized by many of the largest rental companies in the world.   In the past twenty years, TSD has provided rental applications that are responsible for streamlining daily operations, improving accuracy and providing management information to thousands of large and small car rental companies worldwide, including local and insurance replacement operations, airport locations, independent and national franchise locations, companies specializing in corporate rentals, specialty rentals such as luxury cars or vans, and motorcycle rental operations.  TSD RENTAL Management Software, the #1 vehicle rental software, is also available as an ASP option, providing rental operators with application and database access over the Internet.  TSD’s ASP Advantage is a cost effective strategy providing superior web based products and services without the server and security costs normally associated with establishing and maintaining an internal data center.  TSD also offers a complete selection of Interface Modules such as Credit Card Processing, Dealership APIs, Back End Accounting, Handheld Check-ins, Electronic Insurance Replacement Reservation Systems and more.  TSD Support Services deliver on their promise of dedication to their customers and include office hours with TSD Support Professionals 7 days a week, and 24 x 7 x 365 Mission Critical Support.  TSD continues its focus as the driving force in rental management software, utilizing technological advancements as tools for the continued success of its customers, expanding their exposure to new sources of business, and enhancing their profitability in the years to come.

About VIP International Corporation 
VIP International is a channel marketing organization that drives revenue for hoteliers and car rental owners through a multi-channel reservation sales center, the adoption of leading-edge technology, and partnerships with clients to provide ongoing education. Founded in 1979, the now privately held Calgary, Alberta-based firm pursues a mission of being "the number one producer of bookings per client." This is accomplished through mastering the electronic channel marketing environment, developing and implementing strategies for each client's unique position, and educating customers about how to optimize participation in the changing electronic marketplace. The company is a central distribution point to every viable Internet web site and to all of the major global distribution systems including Sabre, Galileo, Amadeus, WorldRes, Pegasus, and Worldspan. VIP International has business development offices in Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Kansas; Toronto, Ontario; London, United Kingdom; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Hong Kong.



VIP International Corp.
Rick Shaum
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
(403) 269-3566
[email protected]

TSD Inc.
Charles Grieco 
Director of Sales and Marketing 
1.800.743-1200 x 8019
[email protected]
[email protected]

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