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Sabre Group Chooses WorldRes to Access Hotels Previously not Represented on GDS

SAN MATEO, CA, May 27 - The SABRE Group and WorldRes, Inc. announced today that hotels previously not represented on the Global Distribution System (GDS) can now join the WorldRes system to receive reservations directly from the Travelocity Web site and from SABRE travel agents.

WorldRes is the developer and operator of a new Internet-based central reservation system (ICRS), which provides low-cost, single source electronic distribution for hotels across the Internet. Travelocity, owned and operated by SABRE Interactive, is the most powerful one-stop travel site on the Internet. As a result of this new partnership, which will take effect in late July, Travelocity's online customers and SABRE agents can now shop and make real-time reservations for a completely new market of hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts and resorts.

For the first time ever, WorldRes, with its easy-to-use, powerful, Web-based technology, is enabling small hotels and inns to cost-effectively market their property to, as well as receive reservations from multiple sources through a single interface. With access to both Travelocity and SABRE agents, hotels using the WorldRes system will now have an even broader source of demand from which to receive reservations. Hotels enroll for free, there are no up-front or monthly costs, and hotels only pay a low transaction fee per net reservation.

"The WorldRes partnership extends the reach of Travelocity and the SABRE system, giving us content and reservation capability for a much wider range of leisure properties," said Terry Jones, president of SABRE Interactive.

"The SABRE Group's decision to partner with WorldRes represents a major endorsement of our technology as the best means for reaching smaller hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts all around the world." said Eric Christensen, chief executive officer of WorldRes. "We're excited to bring these new sources of demand to our member properties." Travelocity provides travel booking capability through the SABRE GDS, which handles more than 40 percent of the world's electronic hotel travel reservations. This booking capability in Travelocity is paired with access to a vast database of up-to-the-minute destination and interest information, chats and forums and travel merchandise vendors. Travelocity was recently ranked as "The Web's Most Popular Travel Service" in two independent studies by Plog Research and CIC Research.

WorldRes, Inc. (http://www.worldres.com), founded in 1995, provides Internet sales and marketing technologies and services to hotel properties around the world, at no fixed cost. Using the latest Internet technology, WorldRes allows individual hotels and hotel companies to take reservations from multiple sources, using a single interface. Based in San Mateo, California, WorldRes also operates the consumer travel Web site, Places To Stay (http://www.placestostay.com). Properties and hotel companies interested in enrolling in the WorldRes system can contact WorldRes sales at (415) 372-1700, or apply online on the WorldRes Web site.

CONTACTS:

Lissa Dutton, WorldRes, Inc. 415-372-1715 ldutton@worldres.com

Rick Keating, Keating Communications 212-760-2400 rick@keatingpr.com




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