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 November 20, 2008
Travelocity Business Expands Global Reach With Radius

 Travelocity Business has announced an agreement with RADIUS that enhances the travel management company's reach to more than 80 countries. RADIUS' vast network of premier corporate agencies complements services provided by Travelocity Business personnel in Europe and North America today.

RADIUS brings together leading travel management companies in regional locations to collectively serve multi-national business travel accounts. RADIUS today has 90 travel agencies operating from more than 3,600 branch locations in more than 80 countries to produce USD 20 billion in combined sales.

After an extensive evaluation process, TBiz concluded that RADIUS' array of technology and on-the-ground options can best deliver a localized offering of the agency's global service. Today's economic environment, with managers challenged to maximize the value of travel budgets, puts a premium on the ability for corporations to continue traveling to existing and new markets to meet with customers and prospects. The TBiz-RADIUS relationship ensures that TBiz clients -- and their travelers -- can access experienced, professional service on any continent.

The compelling service combination of TBiz automation and skilled business travel agents is attracting an increasing number of multi-national corporate travel accounts. To better serve existing and potential clients, Travelocity Business sought a partner with a similar view on customer service, supported by flexible, proven travel technologies and the ability to help aggregate data on a global basis. The RADIUS arrangement meets a need of TBiz's current customer base, and it also lays the foundation for future growth for both parties.

"Corporations are increasingly upfront about their intentions to grow business in all corners of the globe, and comprehensive travel programs are needed to ensure that rate, service and security requirements are met wherever the traveler may be going," said Lesley Harris, president of Travelocity Business. "Our new relationship with RADIUS answers a need for both clients and prospects by efficiently tying into an impressive collection of regional travel management companies that understand the requirements of today's business travelers."

"The Travelocity Business brand is recognized for its commitment to travel expertise and first-rate travel experience. As RADIUS has proven successful in implementing and servicing multinational corporate customers globally, this relationship combines the best of service provision options while meeting the specific needs of customers globally. We are excited to serve as an extension of Travelocity Business, and it's a fantastic addition to our agency group," said RADIUS president and CEO Chris Vasiliou. "We're looking forward to collaborating with the TBiz team to help serve business travelers across the globe."