Travel consultants all over the world now have 63,000 more reasons to prefer the Sabre travel marketplace as their global distribution system (GDS) of choice, thanks to a participation agreement between Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) and Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN).
Because of the new integration with EAN, Sabre is adding more than 63,000 new hotel properties to its travel marketplace. Travel agencies will now have access to the EAN rates and availability through the Sabre GDS.
“Travel agencies will have more hotel options to offer their customers,” said Shelly Terry, vice president of travel product solutions, Sabre Travel Network. “Additionally, more hotels in the Sabre travel marketplace will have the ability to merchandise their products, property attributes and personalize offerings to travelers. These are just a few ways Sabre provides hoteliers products to differentiate themselves and that is a powerful tool for travel buyers.”
“Expedia Affiliate Network is excited to bring thousands of new properties across the globe to Sabre’s valued partner network. Expedia is continuing to grow hotel supply by thousands of hotels each month and the Sabre agent community will have the ability to deliver more solutions to their customers,” states Christian Gerron, vice president of sales for EAN brand.
Agents can easily shop and book properties through the Sabre Red Workspace. The additional properties are a wide range of property types, including full-service hotels and resorts, B and Bs and small inns, airport hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels, and serviced apartments. While the new hotel content covers all regions, many of the properties are in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, typically where hotel property content is known for being highly fragmented.
“Our clients look to us to provide solutions, not excuses. The addition of the EAN rates and availability in Sabre dramatically expands our abilities to meet the needs of our customers,” said Marc Casto, president and CEO of Casto Travel.
The additional rates and availability from EAN expands Sabre’s robust hotel content of more than 750,000 properties, through the combination of its travel marketplace and network of hotel aggregator partners. Agents will now be able to offer more options to travelers, increasing more business and commission opportunities.