Sabre Travel Network, the world's largest and most rewarding marketplace for buying and selling travel, today announced that executive Tom Klein was named as a recipient of the travel industry's prestigious 25 Most Influential Executives of 2006 as awarded by Business Travel News (BTN). Klein, Sabre Holdings executive vice president and group president of the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions businesses, was selected because of his leadership role in helping Sabre proactively maintain its position as champion of the most efficient travel marketplace possible.
"BTN was keen to name Tom Klein to our list of the 25 most influential executives of 2006 for reshaping the terms by which corporate travel content is bought and sold through his efforts in leading the renegotiation of carrier contracts with global distribution systems," said BTN editor-in-chief David Meyer. Business Travel News has delivered timely and ground-breaking news to the corporate travel industry for more than 20 years.
Under Klein's direction, Sabre took aggressive measures to preserve efficiency, find a balanced approach to industry fragmentation and rising costs, and continue to provide agents with greater revenue opportunities.
"Tom has shown strong leadership during a challenging period in the travel industry," said Sam Gilliland, chairman and chief executive officer, Sabre Holdings. "Tom and his team worked tirelessly to ensure continued efficiency in travel distribution and helped create a balanced solution to meet the needs of all in the travel industry."
In June 2006, Sabre Travel Network launched the Efficient Access Solution (EAS), an optional program that guarantees travel agents access to full content from participating carriers without service fees via the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS). The program was met with over a 99 percent rate of agency adoption, and all major U.S. carriers have agreed to participate in the program.
Following the successful adoption of EAS, Sabre Travel Network delivered on its promise to give agents more revenue opportunities. Beginning with the August 2006 launch of the leisure marketplace and continuing through upcoming improvements and innovations to the corporate travel sphere, Sabre is developing comprehensive solutions that address current and future marketplace needs for the corporate and leisure space, setting the stage for another year of industry leadership.
Klein has held his current leadership role with Sabre Airline Solutions and Sabre Travel Network since 2004. Prior to this position, Klein has held various leadership positions with Sabre. Previous to coming to Sabre, Klein held several marketing and operations positions within the travel industry.
About Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions for corporate and leisure travel. The Sabre GDS is the foundation for these solutions, providing a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects travel suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 50,000 travel agency locations.
Key brands of Sabre Travel Network include GetThere, for corporate travel reservation technology; Jurni Network, a consortium of leisure travel agencies providing marketing and promotion services; Nexion, a host agency; SynXis, for hotel reservation management, distribution and technology services; and TRAMS, mid- and back-office solutions and marketing services for travel agencies. Sabre Travel Network also markets TripTailor, a travel wholesaler providing dynamic packaging for the travel agency marketplace.
Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG) connects people with the world's greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.