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Champagne On Ice & Online, as Von Essen Combines
Tradition with Technology Using the SynXis RedX™
Distribution Management System
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SOUTHLAKE, Texas, 04 April –  von Essen hotels, the UK’s leading private collection of country house hotels, has upgraded its online booking system to allow bookers to create their own package deals.  Using the SynXis RedX Distribution Management System, von Essen customers will be able to check availability and prices at a glance, and select their very own holiday components – booking afternoon tea, for example, choosing chocolates and fresh flowers, or even pre-ordering chilled champagne for that special occasion. 

 “Although we pride ourselves on the rich heritage of our historic properties, and of the time-honored traditions associated with our hotels, we are equally proud of our use of cutting-edge technologies. By improving service and increasing the options open to our customers – both trade and consumer – we are combining the very best of both old and new,” said Greg Ward, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing for von Essen.

“The connectivity we currently have in place via SynXis connects von Essen hotels to all of the electronic booking channels, including global distribution systems, and online travel sites, and allows bookings to be made directly via our website, www.vonessenhotels.com,” said Ward.

“We are pleased to be working with von Essen hotels.  They are taking full advantage of the features available in our system and have seen some quick results.  We look forward to a long partnership with them,” said Bill Nicholson, President and General Manager of SynXis. 

“The new RedX system will give us greater management control over our bookings, will fine-tune our booking engine, and give us higher visibility on GDS’s, so not only can our customers be much more specific about what they want from their Von Essen experience, but we can handle their requests much more efficiently,” added Ward.

About SynXis® Corporation

SynXis, a Sabre Holdings company, enables hotels to maximize revenue and reduce costs through innovative, market-driven technology combined with outstanding customized support. The RedX™ Distribution Management System, at the solution's core, empowers hotel operators to consolidate and manage hotel inventory from all sources -- seamless GDS connectivity, popular Internet travel sites, private-label central reservations systems, and full-service hotel Web sites. It also helps hotels build revenue by enabling them to independently manage each distribution channel from one easy-to-use control center. All of these reservations can connect directly with the PMS. SynXis is the technology source for more than 7,000 hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and destinations, including, Harrah's, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels & Resorts, and Jumeirah Hotels. 

SynXis' corporate headquarters is in Southlake, Texas, with offices in Denver, Boston and Amsterdam. For more information on SynXis and its products, please call +1-682-606-4000, e-mail info@synxis.com, or visit our Web site at www.synxis.com.

About Sabre Holdings Corporatio

Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. Sabre Holdings supports travelers, travel agents, corporations, government agencies and travel suppliers through its companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, the company has approximately 9,000 employees in 45 countries. Full year 2004 revenues totaled $2.1 billion. Sabre Holdings, an S&P 500 company, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TSG. More information is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.

About von Essen
The von Essen private collection of hotels comprises: Cliveden, Berkshire, The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, Ston Easton Park near Bath, Thornbury Castle near Bristol, Bishopstrow House, Warminster, Congham Hall in Norfolk, New Park Manor in the New Forest, Lewtrenchard Manor in Devon, The Mount Somerset in Taunton, Buckland Manor in Broadway, Lower Slaughter Manor and Washbourne Court in Lower Slaughter and The Elms near Worcester, Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, Sharrow Bay in the Lake District, The Greenway in Cheltenham and Homewood Park near Bath.

For further information about any of the von Essen hotels, visit the website: www.vonessenhotels.com

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Contact:

Carol C. Levitt
clevitt@synxis.com
Tel: 301-960-4428


 
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