TWO of Saudi Arabia’s big agencies, Mosaid Travel and Tourism Services (MTTS) and Attar Travel have migrated to the Sabre GDS (global distribution system).
MTTS has switched from Worldspan and will use Sabre Travel Network’s latest technology, as well as the internet booking platform MySabre.
As part of the contract with Attar Travel, Sabre’s biggest in the region, the latest in desktop technology is being installed at all Attar Travel’s branches, along with MySabre. Sabre will be one of two GDS used by Attar.
The wins follow on the heels of Sabre’s opening a new Jeddah office. Agrees Daniel Naoumovitch, Sabre Travel Network Middle East’s CEO, “Our new offices in Jeddah have given us a local presence that is proving to be invaluable in our efforts to build strong relationships with the agencies in the Kingdom. Our customer service, intuitive products and expanding regional partnerships help to push us ahead of the competition and make us the region’s one stop shop for travel solutions.”
Sabre’s Jeddah team is working closely with both agencies to determine their operational requirements and will offer specific training to make full use of the Sabre tools that help drive operational efficiency, enhance customer service, reduce costs and increase revenues. “A number of key successes recently confirmed in Saudi Arabia add to our already extensive portfolio and show our growth in the Kingdom as well as throughout the region,” says Naoumovitch.
Meanwhile, Sabre has signed a multi-year extension to its current exclusive contract with Bahrain International Travel (BIT). This renewal reaffirms the agency’s preference for the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS) and strengthens a long-term partnership between one of Bahrain’s leading travel agencies and the world’s leading GDS.
“BIT has been working with Sabre for several years to ensure enhanced access to travel products demanded by the diverse customer segments we serve across our leisure and corporate business. The extension of our contract enables us to further enhance our partnership with a technology and content provider whose products and services fit perfectly with our growth strategy,” says Paul Clabburn, Bahrain International Travel’s general manager.
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