TORONTO, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- From a reception held last night at the
Indian Motorcycle Cafe, Sabre (NYSE: TSG) launched Travelocity.ca
(http://www.travelocity.ca). The site provides travel reservations
capabilities and localized travel planning news, as well as offers and
promotions specific to Canada.
"With an estimated 7.3 million Internet users and plans to be the most
wired nation by the year 2000, Canada is a prime location for the expansion of
our leading travel site," said Terrell Jones, president of Travelocity.com.
"Launching Travelocity.ca allows us to deliver online travel services, rich
with Canadian-focused content and homepage, to one of our most important
Travelocity.ca provides features tailored specifically to the Canadian
* Canadian news and information such as fare sales, rail schedules and
* Popular vacation spots for Canadian travellers
* Pricing in Canadian dollars and local ticket fulfillment
* Bilingual customer support 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week
"The leadership position Travelocity.com holds in the U.S. market is
attributed to our innovative features and services along with our ability to
provide travellers with a fast, convenient and secure way to book their travel
online," said Jones. "With Travelocity.ca, we are able to customize these
features and services to the needs of our Canadian members."
Members who book their travel through Travelocity.ca have the option of
receiving their tickets from one of more than 400 Canadian Sabre travel
agencies or through the Travelocity.ca Customer Service Centre operated by
Rider-BTI Travel in Ottawa, Ontario.
Rider-BTI Travel Group, the leading Canadian owned and operated national
corporate travel management company, operates the customer service centre
giving Travelocity.ca members bilingual customer support 24-hours-a-day, seven
days a week. With the customer service centre, members benefit from quick
delivery with tickets printed and mailed in Canada.
"Rider-BTI is committed to providing quality customer service and
outstanding travel technology," said Paul Rogers, vice president of marketing
and business development for Rider-BTI. "We are excited to work with
Travelocity.ca to provide its members with the ultimate in customer support."
Additional features available on Travelocity.ca include:
* Best fare finder -- Travelocity.ca interprets complicated fare rules and
takes members directly from the fare to the flight by showing them which
days to travel in order to get the lowest fare.
* Destination Guide -- A travel guide to more than 275 destinations around
the world combining the best features from several guide books including
Lonely Planet and The World Travel Guide.
* Shop Safe Guarantee -- An added assurance against unauthorized credit
card usage. With Shop Safe Guarantee, Sabre will reimburse the customer's
liability fee, up to $75, provided the transaction was made on
Travelocity.ca using the site's secure server.
* Travel Agency Locator -- Members who book their air travel on
Travelocity.ca can choose to have their tickets fulfilled by the more than
400 Canadian Sabre-equipped travel agents listed in the site's Travel
Agency Locator. To specify an agent, members can search by postal code or
their agent's identification code.
Travelocity.ca is owned and operated by Sabre. Travelocity.ca provides
reservations capabilities for 95 percent of all airline seats sold, more than
40,000 hotels, and more than 50 car rental companies. This reservation
capability is paired with access to a vast database of destination and
interest information. To date, Sabre has sold more than 3 million airline
tickets online, and since its launch in March of 1996, Travelocity.com has
registered more than 5 million members and logs more than 65 million page
views per month.
Sabre is a world leader in the electronic distribution of travel and is a
leading provider of information technology solutions for the travel and
transportation industries, including customized software development and
software products, transaction processing, consulting and total information
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Web site at http://www.sabre.com.
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SABRE Group, Inc., soon to be known as Sabre Inc.