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Monday,  July 15, 2024 6:35 AM 

Sabre launches new booking solution for ICs with Internova Travel Group

Sabre launches new booking solution for ICs with Internova Travel Group
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Pax Global Media

Sabre has announced a new booking solution, called Sabre Red Launchpad, designed for new or independent travel consultants.  

The company says it is an extension of Sabre Red 360, with launch partner Internova Travel Group. 

Sabre Red Launchpad reduces training time for new-to-industry travel consultants and provides a light-weight way for independent consultants who do not currently use an aggregator or GDS to access the breadth of content and robust capabilities that Sabre provides through its travel marketplace, according to a news release. 

In the coming weeks, Internova will roll out a co-branded version of the product – Internova SNAP, Powered by Sabre – to its thousands of travel advisors in the U.S. Sabre will then rollout Sabre Red Launchpad globally in the coming months. 

“Sabre Red Launchpad expands the Sabre Red toolkit,” said Kathy Morgan, vice-president of product management, distribution experience at Sabre Travel Solutions. “We’re giving travel agencies more choice and flexibility in how they manage their workforces. Some consultants may work purely in Sabre Red Launchpad and others may choose to use the expanded capabilities of Sabre Red 360 over time. We feel fortunate to innovate alongside visionary companies like Internova Travel Group to deliver new technologies that enhance experiences for travel advisors and the travellers we serve.”

Like consumer travel applications, Sabre Red Launchpad provides users with a streamlined graphical user interface (GUI) that helps them shop and book basic air, hotel, and car itineraries with only a few clicks. 

The product supports NDC offers, low-cost carrier XML content, and traditional ATPCO/EDIFACT options as well as the full breadth of lodging content offered via Sabre’s Content Services for Lodging.

“To recruit talent to our industry, we need modern travel retailing tools that do not require new hires to learn a new language to operate. In addition, we’re pleased that SNAP will help our independent agents to benefit from working with technology platforms like Sabre in a way that works for them. In collaboration with Sabre, we’re proud to introduce a new chapter in the way we shop and book travel,” said Peter Vlitas, executive vice president, partner relations at Internova Travel Group.

Sabre Red Launchpad co-exists alongside Sabre’s existing agency booking solution, Sabre Red 360. If complex servicing needs arise, Sabre Red Launchpad users can hand-off bookings seamlessly to teammates working in Sabre Red 360. 

Throughout 2024, Sabre will invite more agencies to join Internova as part of the Sabre Red Launchpad early adopter program.

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