Launches in Canada; Site to Include Directory of Canadian Travel Agencies and Local Customer Service Centre

Apr 08, 1999, 01:00 ET from Sabre

    TORONTO, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- From a reception held last night at the
 Indian Motorcycle Cafe, Sabre (NYSE:   TSG) launched
 (  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
 "Launching allows us to deliver online travel services, rich
 with Canadian-focused content and homepage, to one of our most important
 markets." provides features tailored specifically to the Canadian
 market, including:
     * Canadian news and information such as fare sales, rail schedules and
       traveller advice
     * 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 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, we are able to customize these
 features and services to the needs of our Canadian members."
     Members who book their travel through have the option of
 receiving their tickets from one of more than 400 Canadian Sabre travel
 agencies or through the 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 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 to provide its members with the ultimate in customer support."
     Additional features available on include:
     * Best fare finder -- 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 using the site's secure server.
     * Travel Agency Locator -- Members who book their air travel on 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. is owned and operated by Sabre. 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, 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
 technology outsourcing.
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 Web site at
     Sabre and the Sabre logo are registered trademarks of an affiliate of The
 SABRE Group, Inc., soon to be known as Sabre Inc.