Tzell Travel Group and Travel Leaders Corporate sign new long-term agreement with Sabre Travel Network

Partnership key to driving future growth and expansion

Southlake, Texas, July 21, 2010 Tzell Travel Group and Travel Leaders Corporate, leaders in business travel services distribution and corporate travel management, have signed a new long-term agreement with Sabre Travel Network, the world’s leading provider of high performance solutions for the global travel industry.

The two agencies, both divisions of Travel Leaders Group, which are enjoying a 40% growth in sales this year, intend to leverage their partnership with Sabre to achieve their growth objectives through improved efficiency and an enhanced service offering that meets the evolving needs of corporate and leisure travelers.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Sabre, and over the years they have become a trusted and valued partner in the growth and expansion of our business,” said Jerry Behrens, Senior Vice President of Tzell Travel Group.

“Their support, expertise and superior product capabilities were all key factors in our decision to extend and grow our partnership under a new long-term agreement. We see great potential in the new capabilities coming as part of the new Sabre Red portfolio, which I’m confident will enable us to generate new streams of revenue, optimize the way we serve customers and deliver bottom line results for our business. In the next few months, we will be upgrading to the new Sabre Red Workspace and my expectation is that our agents will see enhanced performance,” he said.

Unveiled last month, Sabre Red is a total travel solution designed to help agencies drive customer loyalty and power business performance.  The portfolio includes a range of powerful new capabilities that span the entire spectrum of an agency’s business from shopping and booking travel, to serving customers throughout their trip, to using business intelligence for insight and continuous improvement. Users will be able to access new mobile capabilities, self-service traveler features and the ability to shop by total price for ancillary services.

In addition to upgrading to the Sabre Red Workspace, Tzell and Travel Leaders will also introduce new Sabre Red mobile traveler services and supplier optimization tools that have been proven to help agencies increase preferred supplier sales by up to 20 percent.

“We have a successful and collaborative relationship with Tzell and Travel Leaders, and a history of investing in new technology to respond to emerging trends and new traveler behaviors including the growth in appetite for new mobile and ancillary services,” said Jay Jones Senior Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, Americas.

“Our customer was looking for a true business partner to help them achieve an even higher level of performance across their entire business operation, and we are honored to be selected as that partner under this new long-term agreement.”


About Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s travel. The Sabre GDS is the foundation for these solutions, providing a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects travel suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 55,000 travel agency locations. Currently, Sabre collectively handles over 70 percent of the BTN 100 bookings. 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. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at

About Tzell Travel Group

Tzell Travel Group is one of the largest corporate travel management companies in the United States and has been a provider of diverse travel support for over 40 years. Core competencies include design and implementation of cost containment programs, travel policies, meeting planning and incentive programs as well as a myriad of other traveler services.  Based in New York City, they have over 60 locations throughout the United States and an international office in London with annual sales of over $1 billion combined. Tzell was recognized in 2009 as the largest U.S. travel management company according to Business Travel News 2009. Barry Liben is the President and CEO of Tzell Travel Group. To learn more about Tzell Travel Group, please visit


About Travel Leaders Corporate

Travel Leaders Corporate is one of the largest business travel services distribution companies in North America offering diverse travel opportunities throughout the world. Their integrated multi-channel distribution model offers its customers traditional brick and mortar agencies, dedicated on-site corporate travel departments, and the latest advancements in travel Internet technology and e-commerce capabilities.

Travel Leaders Corporate began in 1963 as Around the World Travel. Since then, the division has grown to over 10 full-service travel centers across the United States and over 20 on-site corporate locations. Travel Leaders Corporate has grown through acquiring several regional operations and was purchased by American Leisure Group in December 2004, along with Hickory Travel Systems. In March 2008 Travel Leaders Group acquired the business and rebranded it Travel Leaders.


David P. Holyoke is the President of Travel Leaders Corporate. To learn more about Travel Leaders Corporate, please visit



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