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Akbar Travels selects Sabre’s innovative industry-first lodging solution

Sabre Corporation announces an enhanced partnership with one of India’s largest travel companies, Akbar Travels of India, cementing a valued two-decade long relationship between the two firms as Akbar forges ahead with plans for domestic and overseas growth. “Sabre and Akbar Travels have had a long, valued and productive relationship, and we’re excited to be again expanding our partnership by using Sabre’s Content Services for Lodging technologies to provide further choice and even better service for our travellers,” said K.V. Abdul Nazar, Chairman & Managing Director of Akbar Travels of India. “There are already clear signs of a pent-up demand for travel post Covid-19 and we needed technological solutions which provide us with the most intuitive way to shop and book for our travellers in order to provide truly personalised options for our clients.” Sabre’s Content Services for Lodging powers agency and corporate booking tools, integrating traditional GDS content from hoteliers, alongside content from the likes of Booking.com, Beds online and Expedia Partner Solutions. The Sabre-led Content Services for Lodging has been integrated into Akbar Travels’ operations through Sabre Red 360, allowing agents access to real-time, rich content on an intuitive graphical interface to make it easier for agents to comparison shop business and leisure options for travellers. “Sabre has a strong presence in India through our valued travel partners, our own office branches, and our large-scale technology base in Bengaluru,” said Traci Mercer, Senior Vice President, Global Lodging, Ground and Sea, Sabre. “Akbar needed robust, intuitive and scalable solutions to provide its branches with one easy-to-navigate, real-time and full-view lodging content solution and interface to ensure that it is able to create highly-personalised offers for clients as it looks …

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Al Rajhi Aviation renews strategic partnership with Sabre

Al Rajhi Aviation has renewed an exclusive partnership with Sabre Corporation, to support its plans to expand regionally and explore opportunities in online travel. This agreement provides Al Rajhi Aviation with continued access to Sabre’s portfolio of innovative technology and its intelligent platform Sabre Red 360, allowing it to effectively harness data and deliver superior content to its travellers. This unique technology will help enable the travel company to differentiate its offering, compete more effectively and grow faster in the region, as well as expand into the online sector.  Naiyer Alam, General Manager, Al Rajhi Aviation, said, “Our renewed partnership will see us leverage Sabre’s global expertise to enrich our online travel presence, provide exceptional travel experiences and expand our reach beyond Saudi Arabia.” “Saudi Arabia is a unique market with great potential that requires customised solutions to meet the high expectations of its travellers,” said Abdul-Razzaq Iyer, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network Middle East. “We look forward to continue working with Al Rajhi Aviation to provide them with the latest solutions in data, business intelligence, online and mobile capabilities to provide a world class travel experience for both online and offline travel.”

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Sabre and dnata Travel renew GCC Partner Network agreement

dnata Travel signed a multiyear agreement with Sabre Corporation. The five-year deal will represent an extended, broader relationship between the two companies in the Middle East. Under this agreement, dnata Travel Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Partner Network will continue to access Sabre’s portfolio of innovative technology and its intelligent platform Sabre Red 360, allowing it to harness more data, content and flexibility to differentiate its offering from more than 420 airlines, 750,000 hotel properties, and hundreds of tour operators, rail, car and cruise providers. “Sabre’s global expertise, extensive knowledge and understanding of the dynamic global travel eco-system make it the partner of choice,” said Alan William, VP Air & Distribution Partnerships, dnata Travel. “We expect future collaboration on accelerated innovation, operational simplification and gains in digital user experience as a result of this expanded relationship.” Abdul Iyer, VP ME, Sabre Travel Network Middle East, said, “Our new agreement will deliver technology and solutions that fulfill latest industry trends such as NDC and virtual payments. dnata Travel has a strong strategy, and its roadmap to use the latest technologies to create a more personalised travel experience which aligns completely with the investments Sabre is making to help agents deliver a more seamless traveller experience.”

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ME to pay extra for a ‘personalised’ travel experience: Sabre

New online research by Sabre Corporation has revealed that 59% per cent of Middle Eastern adults would pay between $101 – $500 on extras that personalise their travel journeys. The report also provided insight into the pain points, trends and opportunities for the Middle Eastern travel industry. The research highlighted a significant retail opportunity for travel providers of the 3,090 people surveyed. The study, which compiled insights from 3,090 people online across five countries in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan and Lebanon) was revealed at Sabre Space Jordan, an industry event that brought together experts and leaders from airlines, travel agencies and government officials from across the Middle East to network and learn about the latest travel and technology trends. Salman Syed, Vice President EMEA at Sabre said, “To align with today’s travellers, airlines, hotels, travel agencies and even corporate buyers must think and behave like true retailers. They need to analyse consumer behaviour and market data to better target future offers and fulfill as many of the traveller’s needs as possible.”  Sabre’s research showed that 43% of the Middle Eastern adults want personalised travel offerings and services around their needs, expectations and previous experiences. When thinking about what this personalisation looks like, the majority (40%) of those surveyed wanted recommendations based on their budget, whilst 30% wanted suggestions of holiday extras that would be of genuine interest to them when asked what they would want airlines to do for them in the next 5 years. Sabre’s report showed a significant opportunity within the online travel space in the Middle East, as 48% of those surveyed would look online for travel inspiration for flights or hotels, which may …

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Al Safeer Travel and Tours inks deal with Sabre

Al Safeer Travel, one of the leading travel agencies in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Sabre Corporation, to continue to use its technology to manage travel. Under this agreement, Al Safeer Travel will continue to access Sabre’s intelligent platform, Sabre Red 360, allowing it to bring a higher degree of data, content and flexibility to differentiate its offering, compete more effectively and grow faster in the region.  It will also provide rich and competitive content access for Sabre’s marketplace of more than 400 airlines, 750,000 hotel properties, and hundreds of tour operators, rail, car and cruise providers, giving Al Safeer Travel the opportunity to sell personalised travel packages from suppliers all over the world. “Sabre and Al Safeer Travel have enjoyed more than 20 years of a successful strategic partnership, which has enabled Al Safeer Travel to evolve into a leading travel company in the region,” said Abdul-Razzaq Iyer, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network Middle East. Jamal Al Asoomi, General Manager, Al Safeer Travel and Tours, said, “We are working with Sabre to recruit new capabilities in mobile, data analytics and online travel to help us extend our reach to new customers and markets – and are looking forward to another decade of success.”

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Eirad International Tours and Travels expands strategic partnership with Sabre

Eirad International Tours and Travels has signed a new technology agreement with Sabre Corporation to expand its reach in the region and enrich the customer experience. The agreement provides Eirad International Tours and Travels with continued access to Sabre’s portfolio of innovative technology across the region, including its industry-leading workflow Sabre Red 360 and the latest mobile, data analytics, personalisation and automation capabilities.  Using this technology, the agency is able to differentiate its offering, compete more effectively and grow faster in the region. “We need a technology partner which is aware of the market development and can lead us through the many transformations happening in the travel industry,” said Bandar Saad AlMalki, Deputy General Manager, Eirad International Tours and Travels.  “Saudi Arabia is a dynamic market with a great potential that requires customised solutions to meet the unique requirements of its travellers,” said Abdul-Razzaq Iyer, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network Middle East.

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Sabre reveals consumer trends across the hospitality industry in 2019 and beyond

Sabre Corporation, the leading global travel technology provider, in partnership with TrendWatching—global consumer trends and insights experts—has released a consumer trends study explaining the ‘Retail Revolution’ in the hospitality industry. “Technology is changing the expectations of today’s traveller. They demand flexibility, optionality and a seamless shopping experience that goes beyond booking a guest room. This presents exciting opportunities for hoteliers to extend far beyond their traditional offerings,” said Clinton Anderson, President of Sabre Hospitality Solutions. The report details how innovative retail and hospitality players are harnessing six key consumer trends to drive innovation and improve their guest experience. It includes actionable insights to fuel creativity and gain a deeper understanding of how concepts can be applied to provide guests with convenience, relevance, fun, recognition and support – the things they crave in today’s retail-driven environment. Trend 1 -Sentient spaces Travellers are increasingly aware of an ever-growing ecosystem of cameras and sensors. Although sensitive to security concerns, they crave personalisation and are willing to share their data to get it. Truly smart physical spaces – retail stores, hotel rooms and more – are now built with technology ranging from facial recognition to robots that create experiences tailored to the guests moving through them.  Trend 2 – A-CommerceRetailers have mastered the use of algorithms and smart devices to increase convenience and serve up intuitive recommendations at crucial moments. Busy travellers will increasingly expect the same experience from their travel providers. Developing capabilities to automate shopping, selecting and purchasing activities will allow hoteliers to deliver increased simplicity – and a more meaningful experience – to their guests. Trend 3 – Village squaredSmart retailers are responding to society’s increasing sense of isolation by transforming …

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Magnum Travel Services signs agreement with Sabre

Sabre Corporation announced the signing of a long-term agreement with Magnum Travel Services, a travel management company fully owned by World Travel Services, one of the most well-established travel companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Through the renewed partnership, Magnum will extend its use of Sabre’s industry-leading technology and solutions to expand its footprint regionally and explore the online travel space. World Travel Services has worked with Sabre for more than a decade to enable corporate travel companies to enhance the experience for its business travellers. Magnum Travel Services will continue to use Sabre’s shopping, booking and travel management solutions to provide more personalised services and rich content to corporate travellers while driving new revenue opportunities, operational efficiencies and productivity. “New technology is driving higher expectations from travellers, and there’s now a greater demand for more personalised travel, online and mobile services,” said Hisham El Saadi, CEO, Magnum Travel Service. “Magnum Travel Services’ appetite for innovation is a driving force behind its growth and expansion in Bahrain, and we are proud to support its strategic plans through our technology solutions,” said Abdul-Razzaq Iyer, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network Middle East.

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Sabre to power virtual travel payments in the Middle East

Apiso and Sabre Corporation announced a long-term partnership to increase virtual payments adoption in the travel industry across the Middle East region. The partnership, and resulting technical integration between Apiso and Sabre, will promote Apiso’s unique product offering as the preferred payment solution for Sabre Virtual Payments’ customers in the fast-growing Middle East. It will also enable Sabre to scale the volume of payment transactions processed through its global distribution system (GDS) and other technology solutions globally. “Sabre’s virtual payment technology and its extensive distribution reach coupled with Apiso’s advanced technical solutions and payment integration will enable us to jointly deliver compelling products to help regional and international travel companies to optimise their payments workflow, drive revenue and profitability,” said Andrew Sims, Director, Apiso. “We are excited about this partnership that will provide advanced, reliable, secured and flexible virtual payment solutions to the region.” Sabre Virtual Payments’ network of strategic banking partners enables it to effectively meet specific regional needs while providing a comprehensive global solution. “Sabre Virtual Payments continues to expand our strategic partnerships to ensure a comprehensive solution that optimises travel payments globally,” said Salman Syed, Vice President, Sabre EMEA. “Our partnership with Apiso helps us deploy Sabre Virtual Payments with flexible facilities such as multi-currency and multi-channel options, increase the value of our regional offerings in the Middle East and provide customers with a global payment solution that meets their specific payment needs.” Apiso works with back-end financial services providers that are members of the global payment schemes to automate the provision and administration of virtual cards for B2B supplier payments across multiple industry segments.

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Sabre appoints Aditya Varma as Regional Director for strategic markets

Sabre Corporation has appointed Aditya Varma as Regional Director for Sabre Travel Network Middle East (STNME) based in the region’s headquarters in Bahrain. Varma will lead the sales operations and customer relationships for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, key growth countries for Sabre in the Middle East. He is tasked with managing customer relationships, as well as identifying and executing commercial and new sales opportunities to help accelerate growth in the region. “Varma has extensive sales and customer management experience across multiple regions which makes him a great addition to our leadership team,” said Abdul-Razzaq Iyer, Vice President, STNME. “As we continue our mission to reimagine the business of travel, his role will be essential in supporting our strategy and sales operations while we continue to identify innovative technology and solutions to drive our customers’ and the travel business forward.” Varma brings more than 20 years of experience in the aviation and travel industry. He has worked across multiple geographies including the Middle East, Africa, India sub-continent and Russia managing multinational teams and growing his sales excellence expertise. Varma joins Sabre from Travelport where he was the Regional Manager for distributor markets in Middle East & South Asia. Prior to this, he held senior commercial positions with KLM and Air Arabia; the first low cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.  

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