Travelport Joins Global Travel & Tourism Partnership Supporting Global
Education In Travel & Tourism Industry
WEST CHESTER, Pa., and ATLANTA, Sept. 6, 2012
WEST CHESTER, Pa., and ATLANTA, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Travelport, the
business services provider to the global travel industry and Global Travel &
Tourism Partnership (GTTP), a multi-country educational program introducing
students to career opportunities within the travel and tourism industry, today
oa strategic partnership to support global education in Travel and
othe appointments of Gordon Wilson, President and CEO, Travelport and Dirk
Vande Beek, senior vice president, Corporate and Government Affairs,
Travelport,to the GTTP Advisory Board with immediate effect.
"Travelport is delighted to partner with GTTP to introduce students to career
opportunities within the travel and tourism industry," said Gordon Wilson,
"As a worldwide provider of travel services, we recognize that in order to
support the continued growth of the travel sector and its critical role in the
global economy, it is vital to expose students, their parents and their
teachers to the industry. Through this partnership, we can encourage students
to look at the industry as a source of worthwhile and rewarding careers."
To date, more than 1.5 million students in twelve countries have benefitted
from the GTTP program, with school systems providing teachers and classrooms
and companies providing financial and in-kind support.
About Travelport (www.travelport.com)
Travelport is a broad-based business services company and a leading provider
of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the
global travel industry.
With a presence in over 170 countries, approximately 3,500 employees and 2011
net revenue of $2.0 billion, Travelport is comprised of the global
distribution systems (GDS) business, which includes the Galileo and Worldspan
brands and its Airline IT Solutions business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Travelport is a privately owned company.
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About GTTP: (www.gttp.org)
The GTTP is a charity that educates secondary school students about careers in
Travel & Tourism; the world's fastest growing industry, at a time when they
are making career and further-education decisions. Students learn about the
global industry, working in a service economy, and the economic and social
impact of the industry in their counties. Along with the students, teachers
and parents develop an appreciation for sustainable tourism and its benefits.
Leading international companies that support the GTTP's global activities
include Amadeus, American Express, Hertz, HRG, KDS, Lufthansa, Starwood Hotels
& Resorts Inc. and the World Travel & Tourism Council and representatives of
these global partners form the GTTP Advisory Board. In addition, approximately
2100 local businesses share their expertise with teachers and students
About Gordon Wilson
Gordon Wilson was appointed President and CEO of Travelport on June 1, 2011,
having served as Deputy CEO since November 2009 and as President and CEO of
the Travelport GDS, the largest division of the company, since January 2007.
He has 20 years' experience in global electronic travel distribution, in
various senior positions, including CEO roles with Galileo and Cendant Travel
About Dirk Vande Beek
Dirk Vande Beek joined Travelport in 2007 from Computer Associates, where he
was vice president, Global Government Relations. His 30 years' experience in
government affairs and corporate communications includes various roles both
industry (with The Coca-Cola Company and The Halliburton Company) and
government (as press secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney in the 2000
Presidential Campaign and deputy director, Communications for the 2001
Presidential Inaugural Committee).
SOURCE Travelport; GTTP
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