Sabre reveals new booking solution for travel agencies with Internova Travel Group

Sabre reveals new booking solution for travel agencies with Internova Travel Group

Internova will launch a co-branded version of the product, Internova SNAP, powered by Sabre

Sabre Corporation has unveiled its new booking solution, Sabre Red Launchpad, with its launch partner Internova Travel Group, . 

Designed for new or independent travel consultants, Sabre has developed Sabre Red Launchpad, as an extension of Sabre Red 360.

Sabre Red Launchpad reduces training time for travel consultants new to the industry and provides an easier way for independent consultants who do not currently use an aggregator, such as Sabre, to access content and offers through its digital travel marketplace. 

In the coming weeks, Internova will launch a co-branded version of the product, Internova SNAP, powered by Sabre, to its thousands of travel consultants in the US. Sabre will then launch Sabre Red Launchpad globally in the coming months.

"Sabre Red Launchpad expands the Sabre Red toolkit," said Kathy Morgan, Vice President, Product Management, Distribution Experience, Sabre Travel Solutions. 

"We're giving travel agencies more choice and flexibility in how they manage their workforce. Some consultants may work exclusively on 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 the experiences of travel consultants and the travellers we serve."

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

The product is compatible with NDC offers, XML content from low-cost carriers and traditional ATPCO/EDIFACT options.

"To recruit talent to our industry, we need modern travel retail tools that do not require new employees to learn a new language to operate. In addition, we are pleased that SNAP will help our independent agents benefit from working with aggregators like Sabre in a way that works for them. In partnership with Sabre, we are proud to introduce a new chapter in the way we buy and book travel," said Peter Vlitas, Executive Vice President, Partner Relations, Internova Travel Group.

Sabre Red Launchpad will run alongside Sabre's existing agency booking solution, Sabre Red 360 in case of complex cases. 

Sabre will invite more agencies to join Internova as part of the Sabre Red Launchpad early adopter programme throughout the year.

Internova Travel Group, whose travel brands include ALTOUR, Global Travel Collection and Travel Leaders Network, the largest network of professional travel agents in North America, is a long-term strategic partner of Sabre and utilises a wide range of Sabre's agency offerings, including NDC, Sabre Red 360, Agency Retailer and Content Services for Lodging. Internova is also a strategic member of Sabre's Beyond NDC programme, helping to champion NDC for agencies, and has implemented Sabre's NDC capabilities for several airlines.

"Sabre's team is solutions-oriented and always helps solve our needs in a timely and professional manner," added Jeremy Van Kuyk, chief information officer, Internova Travel Group. "Our dedicated IT and Revenue Management teams invested thousands of hours and shared their expertise to drive this project forward. We look forward to our continued success in the many endeavours to come."