Sabre Vacations Adds Sandals and Beaches Resorts

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 16, 2005–Sabre Travel Network, the Sabre Holdings business connecting travel suppliers and buyers through the world’s leading global distribution system (GDS), today announced that Sandals and Beaches Resorts are now available to U.S. agents through Sabre Vacations. The Web-based vacation package-booking engine is a private-label version of Trisept Solutions’ VAX VacationAccess. With the addition of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Sabre Vacations now offers agents inventory from twenty tour operators.

Adding Sandals and Beaches Resorts to Sabre Vacations’ inventory will allow agents to provide customers some of the most luxurious resort destinations in the Caribbean tailored to their individual vacation desires. Sandals Resorts, the largest luxury, all-inclusive resort operator in the Caribbean, has 12 couples-only properties, including seven in Jamaica, three in St. Lucia, one in Antigua and one in Nassau, Bahamas. A myriad of premium amenities are offered at Sandals Resorts, including luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining options and spa services. Beaches Resorts, the Caribbean’s leading all-inclusive luxury resort for families, operates four Caribbean resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos with amenities such as the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street, game centers, nanny childcare services, and water theme parks.

“Our partnership with Sabre — the largest GDS system worldwide — is opening up greater opportunities for sales as our travel partners can make reservations 24/7 with real-time pricing and inventory. It further exemplifies our continued commitment to making our properties easy to find and easy to book for travel agents,” said Kevin Froemming, president of Unique Vacations, Inc., the worldwide representatives for Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Sabre Holdings research indicates leisure travel is on the rise, with leisure spending anticipated to increase from $127B in the U.S. and Canada in 2002 to over $150B in 2006. According to a 2005 Travel Weekly consumer trends survey, interest in visiting the Caribbean among leisure travelers is increasing, with 17 percent of leisure travelers interested in visiting the Caribbean in 2005 as compared to 15 percent in 2004. In addition, the consumer trends survey indicates leisure travel with children is up from 33 percent in 2004, to 37 percent in 2005.

“The addition of Sandals and Beaches Resorts helps agents meet the diverse needs of their clients, including those seeking luxury travel, and enhances the agents’ revenue potential,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president, Sabre Travel Network, North America. “This is one more way to enhance the efficient marketplace Sabre offers travel suppliers and agents.”

About Sabre Travel Network

Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the world’s leading global distribution system (GDS). The Sabre GDS is a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 50,000 travel agency locations. Suppliers get access through one single connection; travel agents get real time access to thousands of travel products from multiple suppliers through one source integrated into their businesses; consumers get access to a global supermarket of the world’s greatest travel possibilities.

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, Sabre Vacations, GetThere and Jurni Network 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.

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    SOURCE: Sabre Travel Network