TRAVELPORT has been dropped as a preferred Global Distribution System for major travel agency group Jetset Travelworld with Sabre Pacific winning sole control of the account, previously shared between the two companies.
It is the first real sign of change in a year that many tipped as pivotal with long-term contracts for Australia’s Big Four agencies (and a number of minors) up for grabs. The Sabre announcement followed Travelport and Harvey World Travel reaffirming their relationship with a new “long term agreement” last week. Travelport has also retained the Concorde Agency Network. Yet to officially commit is Travelscene American Express and the biggest fish of all, Flight Centre.
Travelscene will probably stay with Sabre while Flight Centre, which has been with Travelport for years, remains in the wind. Travelport is favourite but industry observers would not be surprised if Amadeus, massive globally but relatively small in the Australian market, makes a compelling financial and technical case. Sabre is also thereabouts.
A decision is expected before the end of this year.