SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Jun 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG)
company, today announced the launch of Sabre Cruises, a browser-based
cruise shopping and booking tool for travel agents that offers
exceptional graphical content and industry-leading tools for group and
inventory management, revenue management and Web site integration.
In a partnership with OurVacationStore, Sabre now offers agents in
North America a cruise booking tool that helps them enhance their
revenue opportunities through high-margin cruise sales both offline
and online, serve their customers more effectively by providing rich
and relevant information in a graphical format, and increase profit
through reduced research time and revenue management.
With Sabre Cruises agents can help customers make more informed
travel choices with more than 200,000 pages of rich graphical content,
including descriptions of ports of call, ship views and deck plans,
attraction information, maps, overviews of itineraries and more.
Using the integrated Web site tool, agents can provide travelers
with complete cruise shopping and booking capabilities on the agent’s
Web site, bringing added value to the agent and providing customers
the ability to shop and book through their preferred agent 24 hours a
Sabre Cruises also helps agents ensure optimized returns through
features within the revenue management tool. This tool allows agents
to load their negotiated rates with specific rate codes into Sabre
Cruises as well as apply filters, such as minimum commission
requirements, to cruise line inventory so they can understand at any
time which sailing presents the best revenue opportunities.
“Sabre Cruises will give travel experts the information and
efficiency to provide better customer service while increasing their
own revenue,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president, Sabre Travel
Network, North America. “This tool helps agents pursue the
high-revenue, high-margin opportunities provided through retailing
cruises. The addition of Sabre Cruises is another example of the Sabre
GDS’s evolution to a Travel Marketing System.”
Sabre Cruises provides agents access to automated shopping and
booking for nine cruise lines — Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney,
Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess, Royal Caribbean and
Windstar — representing over 85 percent of Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA) members. Using this tool, they can easily present
customers a selection that best fits the travelers’ custom
requirements. Additionally, Sabre Cruises provides easy options for
up-selling cabin categories and selling pre-and post-sailing packages.
Sabre Cruises is available now free-of-charge through the Sabre
Agency eServices Website for Sabre Connected agencies and will be
available later this year on the MySabre portal platform.
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 50,000 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, 32 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 Cruises, Sabre Connected, Agency
eServices, MySabre, GetThere and Jurni Network are trademarks and/or
service marks of Sabre Holdings Corporation. All other trademarks,
service marks, and trade names are the property of their respective
SOURCE: Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Holdings Corporation, Southlake
Nanci Williams, 682-605-2271