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CWT Acquires WorldMate, Leader in Mobile Travel Technology
October 31, 2012
CWT ramps up its focus on mobile for business travelers
AMSTERDAM, October 31, 2012 – Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that it
has acquired WorldMate Inc., a leader in mobile travel technology providing itinerary
management systems and on-the-road services for travelers.
As more and more travelers use mobile devices to plan and purchase travel, this move
underlines CWT’s commitment to invest in innovation and position mobile solutions as an
integral part of its offering. By acquiring the 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.
This acquisition will open up further opportunities for both business travelers and
corporate customers. 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 in-flight internet. Customers will 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
Douglas Anderson, CWT president and chief executive officer commented: “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 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 travelers to organize their itineraries, get real-time local information and book
hotels and car rentals while on the go.
“We’re delighted to offer CWT clients access to WorldMate’s leading range of on-the-road
services,” commented 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 globally-recognized 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 will continue to partner
with Rearden Commerce on the distribution of Deem travel and merchant solutions.
About Carlson Wagonlit Travel
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events.
CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of
all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of
its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from
their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The
company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers.
CWT services and solutions comprise Traveler & Transaction Services, Program
Optimization, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2011, sales
volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$28.0 billion. As part of
its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global
Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website
at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.
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