Carlson Wagonlit Travel Acquires WorldMate

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has acquired WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel technology providing itinerary management systems and on-the-road services for travelers.

By acquiring a leading developer of mobile technology in travel, CWT will further reinforce its mobile offering a fundamental step in its promise to deliver the perfect trip to business travelers.

Business travelers 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 inflight internet. Customers will also benefit from a new approach to tackling issues associated with compliance. 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, This acquisition puts us in an exciting place within the industry; working with the expert in mobile technology puts us in control of our own mobile destiny. Injecting WorldMates 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 travelers to organize their itineraries, get real-time local information and book hotels and car rentals while on the go.

Were delighted to offer CWT clients access to WorldMates leading range of on-the-road services, said Jean Tripier, WorldMate chief executive officer. In addition to becoming an integral part of CWTs 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, CWTs mobile app for travelers.

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 has said it will continue to partner with Rearden Commerce on the distribution of Deem travel and merchant solutions.

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