Travelocity Signs Merchant Hotel Agreement with SynXis Corporation

Consumers Receive Great New Deals at Properties Throughout the United States and Globally; Sabre Travel Network’s Sabre Exclusives and International Travelocity Sites Included

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2004– Travelocity customers can now choose from even more money-saving hotel options with the addition of inventory affiliated with SynXis to Travelocity’s merchant hotel program. A reservations management, distribution and technology company, SynXis-linked properties are now available via the Travelocity(R) hotel, TotalTripSM flight + hotel and Last Minute Deals shopping engines. As part of a comprehensive agreement, this inventory will also be made available to Travelocity partner sites such as Travelocity.caSM and, affiliates of World Choice Travel and the Sabre Travel Network’s Sabre ExclusivesSM travel agency program.

With relationships with more than 5,600 hotels throughout the United States and worldwide, including a large contingency in Europe, SynXis clients include Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Sonesta Hotels and Resorts, The Pinehurst Company, and European groups Hotels & Preference, Luxury Lifestyle Hotels, Design Hotels, and Ringhotels.

Along with the great deals provided to consumers, SynXis is also offering a significant fee reduction to all hotels participating in this merchant hotel program.

“We want Travelocity’s merchant program to provide our customers the best selection of properties with the best pricing available,” said Ross Mantione, Travelocity’s vice president, partner marketing. “With the addition of SynXis we continue to act as an advocate for our customers while helping provide hoteliers with reduced distribution costs for seamless connectivity and reservation delivery as well.”

In addition to being featured on Travelocity, SynXis content will also be available on:

    --  Travelocity international sites - (Canada), (UK), (Germany), Zuji
        (Asia-Pacific), Tabini (Japan) and Resfeber (Scandinavia)

    --  World Choice Travel affiliate sites

    --  Sabre Exclusives, which offers Sabre ConnectedSM travel
        experts the lowest hotel rates - right in the Sabre(R) global
        distribution system.

“Broadening our distribution reach with Travelocity is a solid strategic fit for our hotel brands,” said Bernard Ellis, senior vice president, strategic accounts and channels at SynXis. “Travelocity has proven distribution and we are confident in their ability to help us effectively and collaboratively market our large inventory of properties to their broad membership base. The program will be extremely cost effective for our hotels, and will require almost no incremental effort to administer thanks to our robust rate management capabilities.”

The rollout of SynXis merchant inventory on Travelocity has already begun and more properties are being added daily.

About Travelocity’s Merchant Hotel Program

More than 12,000 hotels worldwide currently participate in Travelocity’s merchant hotel program – the fastest growing independent program in the industry. Popular chains include Marriott International, Best Western International, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, La Quinta Corporation, Choice Hotels International, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Cendant Corporation and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Additionally, more than 2,000 well-known independently owned and operated hotels from across the world participate.

Travelocity was the first online distributor of its scope to gain access to rates and availability directly from suppliers’ central reservation systems. Hoteliers benefit from Travelocity’s seamless technical solution and have greater merchandising opportunities to more than 44 million Travelocity members and onward distribution partners. This is through enhanced hotel descriptions and rate displays on the hotel path, as well as participation in packaging and cross-sell opportunities. Inventory and rates can be loaded via the Sabre global distribution system, through the hotel’s central reservation system or via the Travelocity extranet. Hotels can obtain more information by sending an e-mail to

About Travelocity

Travelocity’s industry-leading technology and straight-talking, honest information help travelers take more rewarding and more affordable trips. With 44 million registered users and booking nearly $4 billion of travel in 2003, Travelocity has the power to negotiate thousands of great travel deals with the world’s most reputable travel providers – top airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, and other destination attractions and services. Additionally, Travelocity offers access to special rates for weekend getaways and dynamic packages through its Last Minute Deals and TotalTrip shopping engines, and provides customer service support over the phone 24 hours a day. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also operates Travelocity Business for corporate customers, powers international travel Web sites in seven languages, and has been recognized for its consumer advocacy and global leadership in online travel. More information about Travelocity is available at Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), a world leader in travel commerce. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at

About SynXis(R) Corporation

SynXis enables hotels to maximize revenue and reduce costs through innovative, market-driven technology combined with outstanding customized support. The SynXis Reservation Management System, at the solution’s core, empowers hotel operators to consolidate and manage hotel inventory from all sources – seamless GDS connectivity, over 1,200 popular Internet travel sites, private-label central reservations systems, and full-service hotel Web sites. It also helps hotels build revenue by enabling them to independently manage each distribution channel from one easy-to-use control center. All of these reservations can connect directly with the PMS. SynXis is the technology source for more than 5,600 hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and destinations, including, Harrah’s, VIP International, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels & Resorts, and Jumeirah Hotels.

SynXis’ corporate headquarters is in McLean, VA, with offices in Denver, Boston and Amsterdam. For more information on SynXis and its products, please call 703-448-2530, e-mail, or visit our Web site at

    CONTACT: Travelocity
             Judy Haveson, 212-554-7425
             Mary Kate Smither, 972-488-4790

    SOURCE: Travelocity