27 April 2007: Sabre Travel Network and Conferma, the corporate hotel booking solutions provider, have launched an online hotel booking tool for UK-based Sabre-connected agents.
The new product, Hotels@Desk, gives business travellers full search and booking capabilities from 90,000 properties, including budget hotel.
Companies’ preferred hotels are highlighted during the search and booking process in order to help travellers stay compliant with corporate travel policy.
Other features include high quality images, maps and property descriptions. Hotel@Desk can be built into a corporation’s intranet or accessed through a password-protected website.
Reet Wiseman, Sabre’s vice-president for the UK and Ireland, said: “By offering Hotels@Desk to their corporate customers, agents can increase the number of corporate hotel bookings they manage and receive additional revenue through transaction fees and commissions.”
Travel research firm PhoCusWright estimates that 60% of corporate bookings bypass the agent and are made directly with the hotel.
Other hotel products recently introduced by Sabre include Hotel UpSell, which enables hoteliers to offer upgrades to agents during the booking process and Sabre’s Worldwide Commission Manager, a hotel commission tracking tool.