Technology powers Sabre Holdings to the top of the travel industry. Equipped with the world's #1 computerized travel reservation system, the company operates through four segments. Sabre Travel Network is used by more than 350,000 travel professionals globally to book airline tickets, rental cars, hotel rooms, and vacation packages. Its Travelocity.com allows individuals to make their own travel arrangements. The company also provides software, e-business tools, and consulting services to improve the operations of some 400 air carriers and airports through Sabre Airline Solutions, and hotels via Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Sabre is owned by private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and Texas Pacific Group.
The company operates its business in 60 countries. It boasts three regional headquarters. Besides it worldwide headquarters in Southlake, Texas, Sabre has head offices in London and Singapore. To ensure it's meeting the needs of its customers, Sabre maintains half a dozen global development centers in the US, Argentina, Poland, India, Uruguay, and the Philippines. Some 20 Customer Care Centers, where most of the direct contact with clients takes place, are located in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and India.
Sabre grows its business and extends its global presence by making several acquisitions each year. In mid-2011 it purchased SoftHotel, a developer of Web-based property management systems for hotels and other hospitality providers.
With an array of technology, marketing, and distribution offerings, Sabre succeeds by touching many facets of the travel industry. The company continues to grow by extending its products and services to connect more people worldwide. Its Travelocity subsidiary has been key to growth, and initiatives have centered on strengthening Sabre's online presence in Europe and Asia as well as with business-direct customers. Some of the brands leading its efforts have included GetThere (a Web-based booking tool for corporate clients, part of Sabre Travel Network), lastminute.com (a unit of Travelocity that operates in Europe), and Zuji (another Travelocity unit that operates in Asia).
Sabre, an acronym for Semi-Automated Business Research Environment, was established in 1996. AMR, American Airlines' parent company, developed Sabre and spun off its 83% stake to AMR shareholders in 2000.
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