Sabre Named World`s Best GDS for 9th Year Running

For the ninth consecutive year, Sabre Holdings Corporation, the leading provider of technology, distribution and marketing services for the travel industry, was chosen by travel agents around the globe as the World`s Leading Computer Reservation System (CRS) / Global Distribution System (GDS) by World Travel Awards.


was selected as the “World`s Best” by more than 500,000 travel agents through the World Travel Awards organization. Sabre was recognized for its effective technology, extensive viable fares and continued innovation.

“It is a tremendous honour for Sabre to be selected by the worldwide travel industry,” said Eric J. Speck

, chief marketing officer for Sabre. “This industry-wide recognition demonstrates that Sabre doesn`t just have more customers—we have more satisfied customers. We plan to work even harder to provide even more value to our customers.”


The World Travel Awards were organized in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world`s travel and tourism industry. Now in its ninth year, travel professionals have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the best endorsement that any travel product could hope to receive. This year, more than 500,000 travel agents from 80,000 travel agencies around the globe participated in the online voting.

The Sabre GDS is the leading travel distribution system in the world, connecting suppliers, agents and travelers. In the past 12 months, for example, the Sabre system has distributed more than $45 billion worth of travel to the benefit of airlines. The Sabre system offers many advantages to make travel easier, including:
Dynamically integrating myriads of documents, including schedules, true availabilities, prices, rules, routings, price footnotes, passenger profiles, bookings and tickets.

Providing a reliable and stable technology system with sub-second response times, and unmatched capacity, availability and system up- time. The Sabre system processes millions of fares and flights per second to arrive at the consumer`s most opportune travel arrangements. Most recently, the new Sabre airfare pricing application continuously updated about 20 million fare and rule records and 1.5 million schedules providing users with the most current data in the industry.

Offering the richest and most robust travel content. The Sabre system provides bookings for 400 airlines, 52 car rental companies, 56,000 hotels, nine cruise lines, 200+ tour operators, ferries, rail, and specialties such as golf tee times, restaurant reservations, and adventure trips.

Related stories on ITN:

(27/11/2002) Sabre offers e-tickets for SWISS and Cathay Pacific
(15/11/2002) Sabre Event Points to Changing Travel Patterns
(05/11/2002) Sabre Acquires Kiehl Hendrickson Group