Travelocity Acquires Full Ownership of ZUJI Continuing Its Global Expansion

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 24, 2006–In a move that further strengthens its global presence and positions it for additional growth in the Asia-Pacific region, Travelocity has acquired complete ownership of ZUJI, the leading online travel company in the Asia-Pacific region. ZUJI includes operations in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Travelocity and its affiliates previously owned, directly and indirectly, approximately 13.63% of ZUJI. In the transaction completed on Jan. 24, 2006 in Singapore, Travelocity purchased the remaining shares in ZUJI from Abacus International Pte. Ltd. and AGC Holdings Ltd., a consortium of 15 airlines in the region, giving Travelocity ownership of 100% of ZUJI. The purchase price was approximately US$34 million.

“It is a natural progression for Travelocity to take full ownership of ZUJI and the purchase positions us nicely for future growth in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region and Scott Blume and his team have done a great job building a premier online travel brand and we are excited to have them fully in the Travelocity family,” said Michelle Peluso, Travelocity President and CEO. “This acquisition, coupled with our acquisitions in Europe last year, demonstrates how we are continuing to expand the Travelocity network globally.”

ZUJI’s CEO Scott Blume said that this acquisition highlighted ZUJI’s potential for growth and its unique position as a leader and innovator in online travel in the Asia-Pacific region. He also said that the change in ownership would not adversely impact the day-to-day operations of ZUJI teams, Web sites, nor its supplier relationships or customer bookings.

“We look forward to taking advantage of the technology and innovation Travelocity will provide ZUJI as we work to offer customers even more travel choices, greater value, and some clever packaging features when they book on ZUJI,” Blume said.

Travelocity has worked closely with ZUJI since ZUJI’s launch in 2002, both as an investor and as a technology provider.

“Travelocity’s relationship with ZUJI has given us a deep understanding of the business, the people, the challenges and the opportunities for online travel in the Asia-Pacific region,” Peluso said. “It also means there already are many existing synergies between our businesses, which bodes well for a smooth integration.”

    With 100% ownership in ZUJI secured, Travelocity is now positioned

    --  Further enhance the online travel experience for customers in
        the Asia-Pacific region by delivering to ZUJI's more than one
        million members the best of Travelocity's and Sabre Holdings'
        travel and technology expertise;

    --  Offer even greater opportunities for suppliers to reach
        customers worldwide;

    --  Leverage ZUJI's relationships to the advantage of consumers by
        offering more and better content and deals, and to the
        advantage of partners and suppliers via seamless technology
        integration and increased scale;

    --  Accelerate ZUJI's B2B (Travel Partner Network) capabilities
        and scope, therefore providing unique opportunities for travel
        suppliers and other key commercial partners to expand into,
        within and/or beyond the Asia-Pacific region;

    --  Enhance ZUJI's growth by capturing all of the benefits of
        Travelocity's industry-leading capabilities, including dynamic
        packaging, its advanced net rate hotel program and
        revolutionary site;

    --  Expand ZUJI/Travelocity's presence into China and India.

    About Travelocity

Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion – before, during and after the trip and works hand-in-hand with the world’s most reputable travel providers so that everything about a customer’s booking will be right. And if it’s not, Travelocity guarantees that it will work with its partners to make it right, right away. This customer-driven focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support, great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the fifth largest travel agency in the U.S. – booking $4.9 billion in travel in 2004. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity Business(SM), and, a leader in European online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.

About ZUJI

In 2005, ZUJI was unanimously voted Asia Pacific’s ‘Best Online Travel Agent’ by the readers of TTG travel magazines from 17 countries across Asia Pacific. ZUJI gives travellers a choice of over 60,000 hotels with 45,000 traveller reviews, 400 airlines as well as offering package tours, cruises, car hire, attractions and other travel products online. Each ZUJI site is unique and, ZUJI has teams and travel websites in:

    --  Singapore: In English

    --  Hong Kong: In English and Cantonese

    --  Taiwan: In Traditional Chinese (ZUJI operates
        as ZUJI Buylow in Taiwan)

    --  Australia: In English

    --  Korea: In Korean (ZUJI operates as 'Nextour'
        in Korea)

    --  New Zealand: In English (site powered by ZUJI,
        and managed by Gullivers Pacific)

ZUJI’s ‘Travel Partner Network’ division allows third-party travel suppliers, agents and web sites to harness the travel booking functionality of ZUJI for flight, hotel, packages, activities and other travel content and products. ZUJI’s travel network partners include: Lonely Planet (Asia); Yahoo! (Korea); MSN (Korea); Atnext (Hong Kong); (Korea); Korean Air (Korea, providing for ‘Honeymoon’ and ‘Woman’ travel portals); Apple Daily Online (Taiwan)

ZUJI is owned by Travelocity(R), an international leader in online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.

About Sabre Holdings Corporation

Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. Sabre Holdings supports travelers, travel agents, corporations, government agencies and travel suppliers through its companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, the company has approximately 9,000 employees in 45 countries. Full year 2004 revenues totaled $2.1 billion. Sabre Holdings, an S&P 500 company, is traded on the NYSE under the symbol TSG. More information is available at

Statements in this release which are not purely historical facts or which necessarily depend upon future events, including statements about the anticipated benefits of the ZUJI acquisition to Travelocity or Sabre Holdings Corporation, expected growth of ZUJI and Travelocity in the Asia-Pacific region, projected effects of the ZUJI acquisition on Sabre Holdings Corporation’s earnings per share, or other statements about anticipations, beliefs, expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to Sabre Holdings Corporation on the date this release was issued. Sabre Holdings Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including risks or uncertainties inherent in the integration of acquired businesses, or in competition within the Asia Pacific region from established or emerging competitors. Sabre Holdings Corporation may not succeed in addressing these and other risks. Further information regarding factors that could affect our financial and other results can be found in the Risk Factors section of Sabre Holdings Corporation’s most recent filing on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

             Joel Frey, 682-605-2178
             Kim Stockham, +61-409-580-644
             Karen Fugate, 682-605-2343

    SOURCE: Travelocity