Sabre Travel Network and Softvoyage, Canada's leading provider of web-based tools for shopping and booking tour package and charter air content, today announced the launch of Sabre Vacations for Sabre Connected travel professionals in Canada, a private-label version of SIREV.

Sabre Vacations is exclusively available to Sabre Connected travel professionals to ease and speed up the process of shopping and booking the ITC and FIT products from nearly 20 leading Canadian tour operators, representing over 80 percent of the pre-packaged tour operators. Sabre Vacations can be accessed from the Agency eServices website and soon will be fully integrated into the MySabre desktop.

"Sabre travel professionals now benefit from the best shopping technology available in Canada for leisure products. Because Sabre Vacations is fully integrated to the Sabre desktop, Sabre travel professionals will enjoy, among others, the simplicity of seamless back-office integration through the automated creation of a Sabre system PNR booking, resulting in significant productivity gains," said Softvoyage CEO, Steve Ringuet.

Joe Herzog, divisional vice-president and general manager of the Canadian division of Sabre Travel Network, said: "We're proud to deliver this innovative, value-added solution that our Canadian customers identified as their top market need. Its easy, point-and-click technology combined with its robust, high-commission earning content and cross shopping functionality makes it the best way to book FIT and ITCs for Canadian point of sale."

Sabre Vacations was designed to enhance and seamlessly integrate to the busy travel professional daily work-flow with powerful features enabling them to better serve their traveling customers:

- Search across multiple destinations, tour packages and charter flights in one search request, making it easy to compare packages and prices

- Search by date range, resort location, property name, hotel facilities and package price limits

- View prices, taxes and commissions (net or gross) in one display

- Identify last-minute specials

- Quickly and easily check alternate dates for a wider variety of choices to offer your customers

- Access package descriptions, detailed hotel descriptions and hotel pictures from the tour operator's electronic brochures

- Receive e-mail alerts when prices reach a pre-specified price point

- Manage reservations: edit or cancel bookings, view or apply payment, print booking details, enter remarks and book options such as ground transport and activities

- Receive immediate price confirmation and availability because all bookings are made within the tour operator's system

- Earn Sabre productivity credits for every traveled booking

- Lastly, for even greater efficiency and integration into agency back-office systems, Sabre Vacations automatically creates a Sabre system PNR booking and payment details at the end of the booking process

The complete list of tour package brands available through Sabre Vacations (Canada) includes: Air Canada Vacations, Air Transat Vacations, Alba Tours, Caribe Sol, Companion Holidays, Hola Sun, Holiday House, Intair Vacations, Nolitour Vacations, Red Seal Vacations, Sol-Vac Tours, Sol y Son Vacations, Sunflight Holidays, Sunquest, Sunwing Vacations, Tour Maison, Tours Mont-Royal, Varaplaya Tours, World of Vacations.

For years, Sabre Connected travel professionals in Canada have relied on DirecTours and Access Tours for easy and efficient booking of tour package content in the Sabre(R) GDS. These products, for the time being, will continue to be available and run in tandem with the new feature-rich Sabre Vacations shopping and booking solution.