12 December 2022, etc.venues Monument, London
Business Travel Show Europe, presented by The BTN
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Sabre Travel Network said it is developing a "universal rail booking product" compatible with all rail companies in Europe.
The GDS and IT supplier said the tool would be the first of its kind in the world.
Sabre said the Sabre Rail Platform would operate "regardless of their technology protocol, connectivity requirements and ways of doing business."
Sabre said development of the product was "well under way."
It was now "beta testing" integration of it with the Harry Weeks Travel booking engine Evolvi which has been available for bookings in the UK since 2006.
This integrated product would be available to UK agents by the end of the year.
Sabre said it planned to integrate Deutsche Bahn and SNCF in 2008, followed by rail operators in Belgium, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and North America.
Martin Cowley, Sabre Travel Network's senior vp, said the new product would resolve current problems of individual technology platforms and booking protocols which currently exist among rail operators.
“Sabre Rail Platform will resolve all these issues by providing what is essentially a single global marketplace for all rail suppliers, travel agencies, and travellers to come together to buy and sell rail products using a single universal currency or language.
"It's like a universal plug adaptor for rail operators worldwide," he said.
Grahame Weeks, managing director of Harry Weeks Travel, said that integrating Evolvi into the Platform marked a significant milestone for his product.
Accor reports 147% rise in group profits
French hotel group reported a 147.6% rise in net profits for the group for the first six months of 2007.It said net profits rose from €241m in the first six months of 2006 to €596m for the same period this year.Accor said the increase included "€311 million in capital gains on property disposals mainly in the United Kingdom, in Germany and the Netherlands."It also includes the €204 million gain on the sale of Go Voyages and the €173 million impairment charge recorded on Red Roof Inns, pending disposal of this business, to be completed in the second half 2007. It also reported a 34% rise in pre-tax profits for the six months from €282m to €379m.The group said consolidated revenue rose by 8.8% to €4,015mAccor said it opened 13,825 rooms in the first half of the year, in line with its 200,000 development programme for 2006-2010.There were a further 83,000 new rooms in the pipleine by the end of August.The group said it was also reviving the Pullman name for a new luxury hotel brand and launching a "non-standardised economy" brand called All Seasons.Accor said it was aiming for a pre-tax operating profit of €870-890m fro the full year.
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