Sabre Travel Network Celebrates Third Year with Agresso; Relationship Launched Sabre Central Command, the Industry-First Business Information System That Reconciles Travel and Financial Information, Reduces Cost Per Transaction

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 8, 2005–Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG) company, is celebrating the third anniversary of its relationship with Agresso, an international developer and distributor of secure e-business solutions. Together Sabre and Agresso developed Sabre Central Command, the travel industry’s first fully integrated end-to-end business information system for travel agencies. Sabre Central Command helps agencies of all types, including consolidators, general agents and corporate travel agencies, reconcile travel financial information, reduce cost per transaction and improve business performance.

Sabre Central Command provides financial applications that give travel management companies unparalleled capabilities to measure, understand, monitor and manage their business. Available on-site or as an application service provider (ASP) solution, Sabre Central Command is adaptable to a variety of applications, from small to large implementations. Sabre Central Command is easily scalable and grows with its environment.

Picasso Travel began using Sabre Central Command as an ASP solution over a year ago, but quickly grew large enough to warrant an on-site installation to take advantage of further integrated reporting and local data management. “Growth is a good thing, but as we grow, so does our need for efficient back-office support,” said Eren Aksoy, vice president, Picasso Travel. “We found that Sabre Central Command provides the scalability and flexibility to meet our changing business needs.”

Built on input from the end users, Sabre Central Command provides additional cost savings and improved productivity through streamlined back-office procedures and automated reporting. Moreover, by automating back-office functions, agents are available to spend more time with customers.

“Sabre Central Command continues to receive high marks from our agency customers,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president, Sabre Travel Network, North America. “We’re finding over and over again that agencies appreciate a seamless back-office solution that helps their businesses run smoothly while they attend to the needs of their customers. As we have done so successfully over the last three years, we will continue to partner with Agresso in providing business solutions that help agencies operate more efficiently and effortlessly.”

The system has proven results, including an installation with Adelman Travel Group, ranked among the top 30 U.S. travel management companies. Currently serving a broad range of customers from corporate travel and meetings to leisure travel, Adelman processed more than 350,000 air transactions in 2004.

“Dealing primarily with corporate customers, we want to focus on our relationships, not our back-office processes,” said Amy Skaar, controller, Adelman Travel Group. “By adopting Sabre Central Command to manage our business information, Adelman Travel realized considerable savings over our old back office system, as well as increased productivity, in our first year using the application.”

Skaar continued, “I am very satisfied with the efficiencies Sabre Central Command has been able to provide to Adelman Travel. As a growth-oriented organization, the ability to make timely decisions is paramount to success. We are constantly developing new parameters for measuring the success of our operations, and Sabre Central Command has been able to easily adapt to those changes. We are light years ahead of where we were before, and I envision this experience continuing.”

Agresso Chief Operating Officer Ab van Marion, said, “It has been a busy three years since we first partnered with Sabre Travel Network to create a state-of-the-art back-office solution for travel agencies. Thanks in large part to the industry insight of our partner, we’ve been able to achieve rapid adoption for both on-site and hosted solutions. We are proud of our relationship with Sabre, and look forward to many more years of leading innovation in business solutions for the travel industry.”

Agresso develops and distributes highly flexible, integrated business information and management systems worldwide, offering a complete solution for finance, project accounting, purchasing, human resources and payroll, plus web, e-commerce and mobile capabilities. The solutions provide people-centric organizations with easy access to all the critical information they need to analyze, manage and plan their resources.

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

Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Central Command are trademarks and/or service marks of Sabre Holdings Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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SOURCE: Sabre Travel Network