Sabre tracks corporate travellers

Sabre Travel
Network has launched its
new Traveler Security and Data Suite. The new suite provides an
affordable solution to enable corporate travel managers and agencies to
quickly locate travelers worldwide, as well as providing insight through
historical and advanced-booking reports.

  In a recent survey of Corporate Travel Managers, The National
Business Travel Association found that the impact of terror plots on
corporate travel and air security was the most prominent travel event of
2006. In one-on-one discussions with corporate travel managers, they
have reinforced this point, expressing an urgent need to manage such
impacts as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  To address this top industry need for the corporate marketplace,
Sabre created the Traveler Security and Data Suite as an easy-to-use,
interactive, web-based application that provides secure access to
pertinent travel data and delivers detailed reports to help corporate
travel agents and travel managers quickly take action in case of an
event anywhere in the world. It also features scheduled and ad-hoc
reporting capabilities to assist with many operational and business
needs.

  “We live in a world that increasingly requires corporations to
immediately locate employees in times of world events - whether they are
terrorist events or natural disasters,” said Greg Webb, chief marketing
officer of Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. “This new
suite meets that corporate need and also provides many additional
reporting and notification features. Sabre has leveraged several of its
data and reporting capabilities to deliver a robust solution at an
affordable price.”

  The Traveler Security and Data Suite is available 24/7 via secured
access. Users can drill down from a world map to a list of travelers
with detail, or use specific criteria to target the search. The detailed
report includes traveler contact information and complete Sabre
reservation data. Users can also access a traveler’s itinerary for more
detail using an easy link to Sabre Virtually There, and a Flight
Threshold Report notifies companies when the number of travelers booked
on one flight exceeds the corporation’s travel policy.

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  Beta users of the Traveler Security and Data Suite leveraged the new
capability in conjunction with the recent security incidents in the
United Kingdom:

  “When we heard of the situation in the UK, we immediately accessed
the TSDS software and requested a report of all travelers in the UK from
June 30th through July 9th,” said Louis Rodriguez, director of IT &
Training at Valerie Wilson Travel Inc., one of the beta users of the
Traveler Security and Data Suite. “The response time was very quick and
we were able to forward these reports via email to key people within
Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. and to our clients.”

  Steve Boschetto, director of Operations for Colpitts and a beta user
for the suite, was impressed with both accuracy and speed of the
response for Colpitts: “I was able to pinpoint all travelers and run
various tests. When results were compared to our back office
information, they were 100 percent accurate. It really proved its worth
during the recent UK events as we were able to locate all our travelers
in Britain in a matter of seconds.”

  Upon activation of the Traveler Security and Data Suite, detailed
air, car and hotel data is immediately available for nearly a year of
pre-trip information and three years of post-trip data for reservations
made through Sabre.

  “Having access to the future bookings enables us to be proactive
with both our internal and external customers,” said Rodriguez at
Valerie Wilson Travel. “It allows us to quickly identify where our
customer is at any given time. Knowing that we have secured and reliable
information at all times helps us maintain a better relationship with
our customer.”

  Cindy Heston at The Thompson Corporation, one of the corporate beta
users, also has been able to leverage the broader capabilities of the
Traveler Security and Data Suite: “The greatest benefit I experienced is
the broadness of the tool. I signed up for a security suite system and
in the end had a tool that could provide a variety of functionality. I
can run pre-trip data and coordinate arrival/departure lists for groups.
I can validate hotel prices against our corporate directory, etc. The
uses are really endless.”
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