ABACUS Previews New Corporate Business Tool At Travel World 2001

6th Sep 2001

ABACUS International Pte Ltd, Asia-Pacific`s Number One For the fourth year running, Global Distribution System,  will participate in the annual Corporate Travel World
(CTW) Asia-Pacific. ABACUS
will be involved with and sponsoring the conference folders at CTW on the 11th and 12th of September.
Visitors will get a sneak preview of the new GetThere
DirectCorporate at the CTW exhibition as well as hands-on demonstrations of Business Travel Solutions, ABACUS Virtually There. Get There Direct Corporate is used by corporations to let employees make their own business travel arrangements on the Internet. The corporate traveller using GetThere can make reservations anywhere, 24 hours aday, seven days a week. GetThere can also secure the lowest ticket prices and ensure the traveller adheres to corporate
travel policies and uses only preferred suppliers. Last minute or unavoidable changes will no longer occur. Travellers can now check flight status, get flight schedules,  review online bookings and even change
unrestricted bookings by themselves using their desktop computer, a WAP-enabled mobile phone or PDA.
Booking business travel has never been easier. Intuitive tools such as rapid reservations and trip templates enable travellers to complete reservations in less than two minutes.  Confirmed bookings are then forwarded to the corporation`s preferred travel agency for fulfilment and ticketing.

GetThere DirectCorporate also stores travel information that can
be accessed by corporate travel managers to analyse current and historical travel activity for both online and agency-generated reservations; a great tool for better bargains.  GetThere DirectCorporate is expected to be available in ABACUS markets at the end of this year.

Business Travel Solutions (BTS) is ABACUS` online corporate booking tool that allows travellers and travel arrangers to make reservations easily and efficiently from any Internet-ready PC or laptop. It also has a suite of decision management tools that can review data, track usage
of travel policies, monitor supplier agreements and streamline procedures.

Abacus Virtually There is a convenient online service that enables travel agents to give customers their own travel domain. Passengers can have free and secure access to their itineraries, destination information,maps, weather updates and more. With Virtually There, travellers can access
their online graphical itineraries, anytime, anywhere in the world. Patrick Lai, ABACUS` Vice President for E-Commerce commented
“ABACUS is excited to be able to offer GetThere DirectCorporate to
our corporate customers soon. This will be a product to watch out for as we expect it to substantially reduce travel procurement costs for businesses.”

GetThere was acquired in October 2000 by Sabre, ABACUS` technology partner, who subsequently combined its own corporate travel management system, Business Travel Solutions, with GetThere`s operations. The combined business is marketed under the GetThere name.
Mr Lai will be a panellist discussing “Future Trends in Technology Looking through the High Tech Crystal Ball” He will and three
other speakers will share predictions on where the next technology wave will sweep the industry and offer tips for riding this wave. Some 250
delegates from Asia- Pacific,  Australia,  USA and Europe are expected to attend the two-day event in Singapore.


About ABACUS International
  ABACUS INTERNATIONAL is the Asia-Pacific`s largest
Global Distribution System (GDS)  and Computerised Reservations System (CRS).
It provides travel information and reservations specially tailored for the Asia-Pacific. It is 65 percent owned by ABACUS International Holdings and 35 percent by Sabre, a US-based leader in the electronic distribution
of travel and travel-related services. ABACUS International Holdings is jointly owned by All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal
Brunei Airlines, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines.

Established in May 1988, ABACUS today has some 9,300 agency locations and more than 23,300 terminals in 20 countries. In addition to access to airline schedules and fares, cruise companies and other travel information,
ABACUS also provides access to more than 50 car rental companies and over 50,000 hotel properties world-wide. ABACUS maintains its strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region through National Marketing Companies (NMCs), which provide training, on-site support and also a helpdesk that answers queries and
trouble-shoots problems.  ABACUS is represented by some 60 offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, South Korea,  Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan,
Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
ABACUS has consistently clinched the Best CRS Award at the TTG Travel Awards for the past four years. ABACUS was the CRS of choice voted by thousands of readers of TTG Asia and TTG China across Asia. It also recently won the Top Innovator Award from TravelWeekly East for its innovation in product development and agency training.

For more information, see (www.abacus.com.sg.)



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