TripTailor: on the fly.
Friday, 14th December 2007
Source : Sabre TripTailorTM
Agents can now provide customized packaged vacations with increased destinations and efficiency of packaging -"On the Fly" has also lead to a 65 percent growth.

Sabre Travel Network has announced that its TripTailorTM Vacations, a travel wholesaler that provides travel agencies the opportunity to package personalized vacations for their clients, has gained momentum with agents in 2007, with a 65 percent growth in total number of trips in October and November 2007 over the same months in 2006.

This growth is attributed to providing agents an easy way to create packages "on the fly," adding even more destinations and suppliers participating in the program – all of which contribute to better travel experiences.

The number of unique destination cities booked in TripTailor Vacations grew an average of 16 percent year over year. In addition, WestJet Airlines, Canada's leading low cost carrier with service to more than 35 destinations across North America, is the latest carrier to be added to TripTailor Vacations extensive list of airline suppliers.

Within the past year 4,200 Sabre and non-Sabre agents have taken advantage of TripTailor Vacations tremendous breadth of travel options, its competitive pricing and dynamic-packaging capabilities. To date, agents selling TripTailor Vacations have sent more than 40,000 customers on individualized packaged vacations, and they've earned more than $2 million in commissions, service fees and bonus commissions.

Agents can book fully customized vacations including flights to more than 1,500 destinations months in advance, or just prior to departure for long or short, domestic or international. Agents access TripTailor Vacations directly through TripTailor.com or through the MySabre agent booking portal.

To recognize agents that are leveraging the benefits of TripTailor Vacations for their clients, TripTailor Vacations in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently awarded several agents with complimentary travel packages to Las Vegas in its recent "Hit the Jackpot -- Las Vegas" promotion.

One of the travel agent winners, Nathalie Doucet of Voyages Gaby, cited the ease of use for creating and booking travel packages: "TripTailor (Vacations) helps my agency save time and money because everything for air, hotel, car and transfers are in one place and it takes me less time to book travel packages."

"TripTailor Vacations continues to provide agents with travel options from name-brand suppliers helping them boost productivity and enriching travel experiences for their clients," said Dan Westbrook, vice president of Travel Merchandising and Innovation. "Our goal is to give agents tools to capitalize on the travel aspirations of all their leisure travel customers, providing them with safe, easy and unforgettable travel excursions."

For example, with TripTailor Vacations, Sabre ConnectedSM agents have access to 99 travel extras in Las Vegas, including show tickets, shopping excursions, ground transportation, golf, spas and dining, even stops at a wedding chapel.

"With so many extras, there are lots of opportunities available for us to complete our client's vacation with other experiences making TripTailor (Vacations) the perfect one-stop booking source for travel to Las Vegas," said Bethany Benes of Ada Travel Services.
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