Sabre Holdings Corporation has introduced the launch of Sabre.Res, a suite of online booking engine products designed to serve the global community.
Sabre acquired Dublin-based e-Commerce specialist Gradient Solutions in August 2000. Since then, Sabre and Gradient have developed a suite of third generation reservation products which offer multi-lingual and multi-currency capabilities. In addition, through the .Res product suite, Sabre is the only GDS which offers multi-GDS connectivity.
.Res leverages the power of the world`s leading GDS with the international focus of Gradient`s technology. The acquisition of Gradient was part of Sabre`s e-Commerce strategy to broaden its product capabilities and expand internationally, building on its established position in the North American marketplace. From its outset, Gradient has provided solutions customised for both the U.S. and European marketplaces, since global capability is a key requirement among European travel resellers. The result is technology that meets the complexities of international travel booking and distribution. This combined expertise and capability for the global marketplace will continue to drive future developments of the .Res product suite.
.Res has three levels of products to meet different customer requirements. Essentia.Res is for small to medium sized travel agencies and provides the tool for an effective online presence with a low-cost solution. Meridia.Res is for mid-sized agencies and resellers and allows for greater customisation than the Essentia.Res product and displays a variety of negotiated fares. Optima.Res is a fully customisable product that is tailored to meet the unique business needs of the customer.
Essentia.Res offers a state-of-the-art online ordering and customisation tool that allows agencies to get up and running with their own Website within 48 to 72 hours. Essentia.Res is a turnkey solution with real-time booking capabilities that are affordable, flexible and drive sales to agencies 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. Essentia.Res can also link directly to existing Web sites, expanding capabilities and reach with minimal investment. As with all the .Res products, Essentia.Res is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, or German. Some versions of .Res are also available in Asian languages such as Kanji.
Essentia.Res will allow travellers to choose the best dates for travel based on their selected fare, and to check gate and flight arrival and departure information.