|Thursday, 01 November 2012|
|CWT AQUIRES WORLDMATE|
|Travellers to have access to services such as airport parking, restaurant bookings, hotel reservations, ground transportation and airline offers|
Carlson Wagonlit (CWT) has acquired WorldMate Inc., a mobile travel technology company that provides itinerary management systems and on-the-road services for travellers. |
This move coincides with CWT’s plans to invest in innovation and it will cater to clients that use mobile devices to plan and purchase travel.
Business travellers will have access to a broader range of on-the-go services including airport parking, restaurant bookings, hotel reservations, ground transportation, and airline offers such as in-flight internet. The ability to aggregate travel information from multiple sources means that customers will be able to gain increased visibility of overall travel spend as well as better track travelers for safety and security purposes.
Douglas Anderson, CWT president and chief executive officer said that the acquisition puts the company in an exciting place within the industry.
“Working with the expert in mobile technology puts us in control of our own ‘mobile destiny,’” he said. “Injecting WorldMate’s proven mobile expertise into our existing range of products will bring additional services and functionalities to our clients and their travelers.”
WorldMate, headquartered in San Francisco with operations in Israel, was founded in 2000. It will operate as a subsidiary of CWT. The WorldMate mobile app is used by over 10 million travellers to organize their itineraries and bookings, and get real-time local information.
“We’re delighted to offer CWT clients access to WorldMate’s leading range of on-the-road services,” said Jean Tripier, WorldMate chief executive officer. “In addition to becoming an integral part of CWT’s growth strategy, we will remain committed to providing the highest levels of support to our existing clients and the millions of travelers we service today.”
WorldMate will work with CWT teams to enhance existing tools such as CWT To Go, CWT’s mobile app for travellers. Developed with Rearden Commerce, CWT To Go includes itineraries, mobile check-in, flight alerts and gate changes, information on nearby restaurants, maps and directions.
CWT will continue to partner with Rearden Commerce on the distribution of Deem travel and merchant solutions.