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New Partnership Program for NZ Travel Agents

Sabre Pacific Launches New Partnership Program for New Zealand Travel Agents

“Sabre Returns” – putting the agent back into travel

NEW ZEALAND , Auckland, 19 October 2005.: Sabre Pacific today announced the launch of “Sabre Returns” – a new partnership program designed to reward New Zealand travel agencies by returning benefits to agents for hotel, car and air bookings made through the Sabre GDS.

From 1 January 2006, travel agents using the Sabre system to book hotel accommodation, car hire and airfares will earn points for incremental bookings that can be put towards a wide range of rewards. The “returns” include training, business tools and indulgence rewards to help grow their businesses and recognise the efforts of their staff.

Matt McLellan, Country Manager, Sabre Pacific New Zealand today introduced the program saying, “We are extremely pleased to be the first travel marketing company to introduce such a partnership program offering unique benefits to help grow our Sabre agents’ businesses. We recognise the climate for travel agencies across New Zealand is increasingly competitive and challenging. Through initiatives such as Sabre Returns, we are recognising and rewarding those agents using Sabre Pacific products and services to enhance their business.”

He added “Sabre Returns is just one example of our commitment to travel agents of New Zealand as we continue to deliver leading travel marketing initiatives to help put the agent back into travel.”

Sabre Returns is part of the company’s ongoing drive to assist agents streamline processes by booking through a single point of sale system. Sabre Pacific is making it easier for travel agencies to sell new travel opportunities through smart technology like MySabre and Sabre Agency Manager, whilst delivering breadth and depth of content in the Sabre GDS network across air, hotel and car hire.

There is no cost to join. To qualify, Sabre travel agencies in New Zealand simply need to register for Sabre Returns and, if they register before 31st December 2005, the agency will automatically receive 100 bonus points to open their account. Agents can register from October 21 at

From January 1st 2006, it’s business as usual for agencies. For agents using MySabre, it’s now even easier to book cars, hotels and air through a graphical point and click functionality. Sabre Pacific will manage the program and a Sabre Returns website will be operational where agencies can view their points, redeem rewards, view the latest hot deals and stay informed.


About Sabre Pacific:
Sabre Pacific Pty. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company (NYSE ticker symbol "TSG") with a minority equity held by Abacus International. Sabre Pacific is focused on providing innovative product and service solutions for travel agents in New Zealand , New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands - solutions designed to enhance travel agents' businesses. Sabre Pacific offers added value to the traveller at each step in the travel process. Sabre Pacific calls this the travel value chain.
Sabre Travel Network is the leading provider of technology, distribution and marketing services for the travel industry and has been voted the world's number one global distribution system for the eleventh consecutive year at the 2004 World Travel Awards.

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 53,000 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, 37 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

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