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 December 01, 2004
Jurni Network Partners With WorldTravel Vacations

 Jurni Network, the leisure travel agency consortium, and WorldTravel Vacations, the leisure division of WorldTravel BTI, today announced that WorldTravel Vacations has selected Jurni Network as its preferred leisure travel consortium. Working with Jurni Network will enable WorldTravel Vacations to provide exceptional leisure travel services to its clients and WorldTravel Affiliates' customers.

WorldTravel Vacations serves more than 250 corporate clients with leisure travel services and books approximately $25 million in tours and cruises annually. WorldTravel Vacations also provides leisure travel services for the WorldTravel Affiliates program that has more than 50 members who manage $400 million in cruises and tours annually.

WorldTravel Vacations agents and WorldTravel Affiliates that participate in the WorldTravel Vacations program will benefit from access to Jurni market intelligence enabling better customer insight, Jurni Cruise, CustomTrip dynamic packaging, Agent59 last minute deals, the Sabre Vacations tour browser, and other travel resources on the Jurni InternetView desktop. These solutions offer unique high-margin products and sophisticated marketing techniques within agents' normal workflow that will enable them to sell and earn more.

Kathy Bedell, senior vice president, WorldTravel BTI, said, "Our corporate mission of providing innovation, excellence and the highest quality of services aligns perfectly with the Jurni Network 'beyond consortia' model. Their unique approach to marketing intelligence, direct mail and other marketing services will give WorldTravel Vacations agents and WorldTravel Affiliates significant opportunities to grow their leisure travel business."

"WorldTravel Vacations and WorldTravel Affiliates' proven expertise in the leisure market and their outstanding fulfillment services make them a natural fit in the Jurni Network family," said Mike Baldwin, general manager of Jurni Network. "We look forward to building relationships with their agents and being of service to their growing businesses."

WorldTravel BTI, founded in 1987 and headquartered in Atlanta, is among the top three corporate travel management firms in the United States. With more than 4,300 employees across the country and 53 affiliate agencies in the United States, the company supports more than $3.8 billion in annual sales for Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies. WorldTravel BTI's global services include traditional and online corporate travel services, group travel management, meetings and incentives, leisure services for corporate travelers, as well as consulting and corporate fulfillment services. For more information on WorldTravel BTI, visit www.worldtravel.com.

Business Travel International (BTI) is the world's leading travel management organization operating in nearly 100 countries. With substantial global capabilities and local expertise, BTI is the acknowledged expert in the delivery of corporate travel solutions. BTI has unrivalled knowledge in shaping the standards in global business travel service, delivery and client care, and prides itself on being able to respond to corporate needs, irrespective of company size, through its cutting edge technological capabilities.

BCD N.V. is the parent company of WorldTravel BTI and a joint shareholder in Business Travel International. A Dutch, family-owned company, BCD focuses on the travel and financial services industries. Founded in 1975, BCD has 8,200 employees in more than 900 locations in 11 countries including North and South America and Europe.