Global technology leader Sabre has just wrapped up its series of Tech Summits which have been happening for the past 5 weeks, saying they have been a huge success.
Over 500 agents from across the region attended the Summits which highlighted and explored the opportunities for travel agents to better leverage technology.
The Summits had a particular focus on data, automation, apps, cloud computing and the traveller experience and were the launch pad for several new critical developments. New solutions were revealed at the Summits including the launch of four new automation solutions, all new data options and a new service to enable agencies to access their agency info from a virtual desktop.
“I’m excited to partner with a company as progressive and dynamic as Sabre, who are constantly evolving their technology offerings to ensure my team have the tools they need to work efficiently, accurately, and profitably. The Tech Summit was a fantastic opportunity to survey the travel technology landscape to see what trends are evolving, and how we can maximise their potential through our partnership with Sabre.” Chris Cheyne from Goldman Travel Corporation.
Since the Summits started 100 agents have registered to receive Sabre’s new automation tools and 500 agents in Australia have downloaded the RoomDeal app which gives travel agents an expanded view of 350,000 pre-paid boutique and branded hotels while being able to add their own discretionary fee.
“The response to the solutions we are developing and releasing to market has been overwhelming,” said Sabre Pacific Managing Director Jeremy van de Klundert. “It’s great to see the strategies we have been working on for the past 6-18 months starting to come to fruition and the excitement it’s generating from customers and non-Sabre customers alike.
“I was very impressed with the huge range of innovations Sabre has been working on, a few of which I am already looking at implementing into my business,” said Karen Kenter from The World @ Braeside Travel.
To really highlight that they are at the forefront of technology innovation, Sabre gave away an Apple Watch to one lucky attendee at each Summit. The winners were:
Liz Christiansen from Harvey World Travel Browns Bay – Auckland
Zlata Savic from Air Travel Services – Sydney
Lynn Liu from Goabout Travel – Melbourne
Stacey Lekias from Director of Northline Travel – Perth
Denise Truong from Happy Travel Service – Brisbane
Below are the photos of each of the Apple Watch winners and attached are more photos from the Australian Tech Summits.
Winner of Apple Watch in Auckland Liz Christiansen from Harvey World Travel Browns Bay with Head of Sales NZ, Matt Chappell.
Winner of Apple Watch in Sydney, Zlata Savic from Air Travel Services, with Head of Productivity Solutions Anne-Marie King.
Winner of Apple Watch in Melbourne Lynn Liu from Goabout Travel with Sabre MD Jeremy van de Klundert and Victoria State Manager Ian Bevan.
Winner of Apple Watch in Perth Stacey Lekias, Director of Northline Travel, with Sabre MD Jeremy van de Klundert and Head of Productivity Solutions Anne-Marie King.
Winner of Apple Watch in Brisbane Denise Truong from Happy Travel Service with Sabre MD Jeremy van de Klundert and account manager Skye Collie.