Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, today announced a technology and marketing agreement with OurVacationStore (OVS), a leading technology provider in the cruise market. Under terms of the agreement, Sabre Travel Network will offer a Sabre branded version of the OVS cruise-booking tool. It is anticipated that the tool will be made available to Sabre Connected travel agents as part of a private label agreement in the U.S. and Canada during the first quarter of 2005.
“We believe that this partnership will provide us with the functionality and technology needed to meet the needs of our cruise customers,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network, North America. “As the cruise industry continues to show strong passenger growth, travel agents need the ability to seamlessly manage the shopping and booking process. This robust browser-based tool does just that.”
The new automated tool will provide Sabre Connected travel agents with cross-vendor shopping, deck images and cabin photos, group booking, inventory management, and booking and commission reporting capabilities.
Sabre Connected travel agents will continue to have access to nine cruise lines that currently participate in Sabre CruiseDirector, which include Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, Norweigan, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Windstar.
“We believe that making our cruise shopping and booking technology broadly available to the Sabre based travel agent community will significantly accelerate the growth of the cruise marketplace overall,” stated Ted Davault, president of OurVacationStore.