Vatican Organization Chooses Sabre

The Vatican-based travel organization, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP), has chosen Sabre as its preferred GDS provider in a multi-year partnership. The deal allows Sabre to supply a range of advanced travel solutions to facilitate the shopping and booking of travel through a new ORP travel portal.

ORP, which organizes pilgrimages and holy tour packages around Europe, is now expanding its presence online with the newly launched Journeys of the Spirit travel portal. Launched in March, the portal enables travelers from all over the world to book flights and tour packages to religious sites.

Josp.com will use air content from Sabre’s online travel website Travelocity.com, to provide travelers with combined air and ground packages. Making Travelocity’s air content available on josp.com (known as white labeling) makes travel to the Vatican City and other religious sites around Europe instantly available for pilgrims all over the world and accelerates ORP’S mission to make its packages more globally available.

ORP travel agents will use Sabre’s advanced desktop solution, MySabre, for all its shopping and booking requirements with full access to all of Sabre’s GDS content including more than 400 airlines, more than 80,000 hotels and 26 car rental companies.

ORP’s tour packages will be made available on Sabre’s Southern Europe local content platform, providing Sabre Connected agents in Italy, Greece and Spain with fully integrated access to ORP content through MySabre. Visit www.sabre.com.

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