March 16, 2005 08:01 ET

Sabre Launches Sabre Vacations in Canada, a Private-Label Version of SIREV by Softvoyage




MARCH 16, 2005 - 08:01 ET

Sabre Launches Sabre Vacations in Canada, a
Private-Label Version of SIREV by Softvoyage

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Mar 16, 2005) -

Sabre Vacations Provides Sabre Connected Customers Easy, Intuitive,
Point & Click Access to the Most Robust Tour Package Content Available

Sabre Travel Network, the division of Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG) that
connects travel suppliers and agents through the world's leading global
distribution system (GDS), and Softvoyage, Canada's leading provider of
web-based tools for shopping and booking tour package and charter air
content, today announced the launch of Sabre® Vacations for Sabre
Connected travel professionals in Canada, a private-label version of
SIREV. Sabre Vacations is exclusively available to Sabre Connected
travel professionals to ease and speed up the process of shopping and
booking the ITC and FIT products from nearly 20 leading Canadian tour
operators, representing over 80 percent of the pre-packaged tour
operators. Sabre Vacations can be accessed from the Agency eServices
website and soon will be fully integrated into the MySabre desktop.

"Sabre travel professionals now benefit from the best shopping
technology available in Canada for leisure products. Because Sabre
Vacations is fully integrated to the Sabre desktop, Sabre travel
professionals will enjoy, among others, the simplicity of seamless
back-office integration through the automated creation of a Sabre system
PNR booking, resulting in significant productivity gains," said
Softvoyage CEO, Steve Ringuet.

Joe Herzog, divisional vice-president and general manager of the
Canadian division of Sabre Travel Network, said: "We're proud to deliver
this innovative, value-added solution that our Canadian customers
identified as their top market need. Its easy, point-and-click
technology combined with its robust, high-commission earning content and
cross shopping functionality makes it the best way to book FIT and ITCs
for Canadian point of sale."

Sabre Vacations was designed to enhance and seamlessly integrate to the
busy travel professional daily work-flow with powerful features enabling
them to better serve their traveling customers:

-- Search across multiple destinations, tour packages and charter
flights in one search request, making it easy to compare packages and

-- Search by date range, resort location, property name, hotel
facilities and package price limits

-- View prices, taxes and commissions (net or gross) in one display

-- Identify last-minute specials

-- Quickly and easily check alternate dates for a wider variety of
choices to offer your customers

-- Access package descriptions, detailed hotel descriptions and hotel
pictures from the tour operator's electronic brochures

-- Receive e-mail alerts when prices reach a pre-specified price point

-- Manage reservations: edit or cancel bookings, view or apply payment,
print booking details, enter remarks and book options such as ground
transport and activities

-- Receive immediate price confirmation and availability because all
bookings are made within the tour operator's system

-- Earn Sabre productivity credits for every traveled booking

-- Lastly, for even greater efficiency and integration into agency
back-office systems, Sabre Vacations automatically creates a Sabre
system PNR booking and payment details at the end of the booking process

The complete list of tour package brands available through Sabre
Vacations (Canada) includes: Air Canada Vacations, Air Transat
Vacations, Alba Tours, Caribe Sol, Companion Holidays, Hola Sun, Holiday
House, Intair Vacations, Nolitour Vacations, Red Seal Vacations, Sol-Vac
Tours, Sol y Son Vacations, Sunflight Holidays, Sunquest, Sunwing
Vacations, Tour Maison, Tours Mont-Royal, Varaplaya Tours, World of

For years, Sabre Connected travel professionals in Canada have relied on
DirecTours and Access Tours for easy and efficient booking of tour
package content in the Sabre® GDS. These products, for the time being,
will continue to be available and run in tandem with the new
feature-rich Sabre Vacations shopping and booking solution.

About Softvoyage

Founded in 1987 and as a leading IT solution provider dedicated to the
travel industry, Softvoyage Inc. specializes in the development of
commercial solutions for travel agencies, tour operators, consolidators,
and suppliers. Softvoyage's leading solutions include SIREV (web
shopping system for agents), SIRRVA & MRUN (web booking engines for
consumers), TTS (back-office, reservation and distribution system for
tour operators), Gulliver (private airfare management tool for
wholesalers) and Softair (reservation system for low cost air carriers).
Softvoyage has offices in Montreal and Toronto and sales representatives
in Europe and the U.S.

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, Sabre Vacations, Sabre Connected, Agency eServices
and MySabre 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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