Sabre Forms Alliance With China's TravelSky

Sabre Holdings reports two new hotel agreements with TravelSky, China’s Global Distribution System (GDS). The new agreements will allow Sabre and TravelSky to make their hotel content available to each other’s agency customers and consumer travelers.

“China’s rapidly growing tourism industry, and strong inbound and outbound travel has made it the third largest tourism marketplace in the world, and this is driving greater demand for quality hotel content,” said Hans Belle, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Sabre Travel Network.

The alliance will leverage the combined strengths of Sabre and TravelSky in their respective regions to provide hotels with extended reach. Sabre will add TravelSky’s 30,000 Chinese hotel properties to its global distribution system (GDS), making it available to Sabre’s 350,000 global agents. TravelSky will provide its 7,000 agencies in China with access to shop and book more than 100,000 hotel properties from Sabre’s GDS. Hotels who use Sabre’s SynXis Central Reservations System will be able to work directly with TravelSky travel agencies and leisure travelers in China.

A similar hotel content agreement was also struck between Sabre’s Asia Pacific subsidiary Abacus and TravelSky to share hotel content with its agencies, Sabre reports.

In related news, Sabre reports that kulula, South Africa’s first low-cost airline, has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Sabre, including selling the airline’s ancillary products and services in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS).

The airlines’ fare and schedule information will be available to Sabre travel agents worldwide, with real-time seat availability,  Sabre reports.

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