Sabre Travel Network Enhances Tour Offering for Travel Agents to Provide Great Vacation Deals Exceptional Tour Opportunities for Agent Customers Offered Through New Sabre

Vacations Booking Engine and Additional Tour Operator



    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre Travel Network, the Sabre
 Holdings business that connects travel suppliers and agents through the
 world's leading global distribution system (GDS), today announced the new
 Sabre Vacations tour product and the introduction of a new tour operator, Air
 Jamaica Vacations, to the Sabre Tours system.  These tour offering
 enhancements are both available in the Sabre system and offer great vacation
 deals for agents to provide their customers and simplify the booking of tour
 packages.
     Sabre Connected agents in the U.S. now have access to Sabre Vacations, a
 private-label version of Trisept Solutions' VAX Vacation Access product.
 Sabre Vacations brings Sabre Connected agents this Web-based vacation package
 booking engine with access to the best promotions, consumer deals, high-
 commission vacation packages and unique agency offers from top brand names
 such as Adventure Tours, Funjet Vacations, Southwest Airlines Vacations, and
 Club Med, among others.  It includes access to special pricing and agency
 incentives, new travel content such as hotel pictures, destination
 information, and easy-to-use functionality for booking complex vacation
 packages through an easy point-and-click on the browser that is familiar to
 most agents.  Agents can increase revenue by adding service fees to the travel
 packages from participating tour operators.  Sabre Vacations creates a Sabre
 system passenger name record at the end of the booking process for easy
 reservations management.
     "As beta testers of Sabre Vacations we found the booking process to be
 very user friendly.  We enjoyed being able to change the components, such as
 air and hotel, quickly without having to start over, and how the product
 allowed us to create a tracking number, since we do not always have the
 passenger's name when pricing," said Nancy Krogmann, senior agent for Navigant
 Vacations.  "Additionally, we found the breakdown of pricing as a nice feature
 to have for our specific accounting purposes.  We appreciate using the system
 and are so glad it now interfaces with the Sabre GDS directly."
     "Meeting the needs identified by our customers is our first priority,"
 said Hugh Jones, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network, North America.
 "Agencies have asked us to provide a user-friendly, graphical vacation package
 booking engine.  We are now offering this and also adding Air Jamaica
 Vacations to an extensive list of participating tour operators, so agents can
 offer great vacation deals to their customers."
     The complete list of vacation brands available through the Sabre Vacations
 private-label VAX includes Adventure Tours USA, AeroMexico Vacations, ATA
 Vacations, Club Med, Continental Airlines Vacations, Delta Vacations, Funjet
 Vacations, Future Vacations, MGM Mirage Vacations, Midwest Airlines Vacations,
 Mountain Vacations, Southwest Airlines Vacations, TransGlobal Vacations,
 United Vacations, Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations and US Airways
 Vacations.  Agents who have used VAX will find Sabre Vacations familiar.  The
 intuitive display contains everything necessary to book vacation packages,
 including vacation package details, and complete hotel, vacation feature and
 destination information.  Sabre Vacations can be accessed at no charge to
 agents by registering through Sabre Travel Network's Agency eServices site.
     Air Jamaica Vacations has been added to Sabre Tours, the system that
 allows Sabre Connected agents to access tour operators in order to book
 vacation packages.  The system now has 60 tour operators.  Air Jamaica
 Vacations is now also available in Sabre Vacations.
     "Teaming with Sabre Travel Network in order to provide our content through
 their system is a win-win situation for us," said Bryan Shilling, president of
 Air Jamaica Vacations.  "Because we are now distributing our content through
 the largest North American GDS, we will expand our audience reach and increase
 our global visibility.  Additionally, this move will help us reduce cost
 associated with call center bookings by moving us to an electronic
 distribution model."
     Sabre Tours enables electronic tour product distribution and reservation
 processing.  The application features a mask-driven, common display of all
 tour products, providing agents with instant access to leading tour operator
 systems.  The product provides true availability, up-to-date information and
 booking capability with immediate confirmations.
 
     About Sabre Travel Network
     Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the
 world's leading global distribution system (GDS) enabling agents at more than
 53,000 agency locations worldwide to be travel experts.  The Sabre GDS, the
 first system to connect the buyers and sellers of travel, today includes more
 than 400 airlines, approximately 60,000 hotels, 41 car rental companies, nine
 cruise lines, 35 railroads and 220 tour operators.  Key brands of Sabre Travel
 Network include GetThere, the leading Web-based corporate travel reservation
 technology, and Jurni Network, the unique leisure travel agency consortium
 that enables members to sell more products from preferred travel suppliers
 using sophisticated market intelligence.
     Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:   TSG) is a world leader in travel
 commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology
 solutions for the travel industry.  More information about Sabre Holdings is
 available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com .
     Sabre Travel Network, Sabre Vacations, GetThere, Jurni Network, Sabre
 Tours and Sabre Connected are trademarks and/or service marks of an affiliate
 of Sabre Holdings Corporation.  All other trademarks, service marks, and trade
 names are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Sabre Travel Network

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