Ryanair offers fares on Sabre Network

Irish airline Ryanair has commenced offering its budget fares and ancillary services to Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations across Europe via the Sabre global distribution system (GDS).

The offer follows Ryaniar’s agreement with Sabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, earlier in May.

With its budget fares and extensive route network, coupled with Sabre’s retailing technology and expanding reach in Europe, the Irish airline expects to further improve its business travel offering. The Sabre agreement follows the introduction of Ryanair Business Plus last year and a dedicated corporate and group service, enabling increased businesses access to Ryanair’s fares.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce that our fares are now available on the Sabre network, allowing us to provide our improved product to an even wider range of business and corporate customers.

With more than 27 percent of our customers already travelling on business, we are continuing to enhance Europe’s best business service, with the lowest fares, most on-time flights and our tailored Business Plus service. Business travellers, corporations and TMCs will now have greater access to our low fares and Europe’s largest route network thanks to our agreement with Sabre.’

‘Ryanair has become a popular option for corporate travellers and it’s now easier, faster and more efficient for travel agencies to shop and book Ryanair’s fares and ancillary content all within the Sabre system. Our industry-leading retailing capabilities also allow Ryanair to merchandise their fares and ancillaries the way they want to, ensuring brand consistency across all of its retail channels,’ Harald Eisenaecher, Senior Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, EMEA, said following the agreement in May.

The Sabre offer is the latest in an on-going series of Ryanair customer experience improvements under the ‘Always Getting Better’ programme. Under the programme, the airline has launched its new and interactive Ryanair website, a new app with mobile boarding passes, allocated seating, a second carry-on bag allowance and a dedicated family service, Family Extra, as Ryanair strives to make itself the preferred airlines for both business and leisure travellers.

 

Wyoming not to be affected by cuts in tourist budget

The tourism department in the US state of Wyoming has said that it would not be restricted by the recent budget cuts, and was very confident that it would have enough capital to take care of its main tourism goals.

The head of Wyoming’s Office of Tourism, said that her department would be able to absorb a possible 8 percent proposed budget cut without endangering those tourism goals, although the proposed cut would mean that Diane Shober, director of the office, would have to make ends meet with USD1m less than she would normally have been granted. She however said that the department would have to make some adjustments in order to deal with the slowdown in cash flow.

Shober added that the budget cut would not affect her department’s plans, and said that the office would pursue its annual marketing campaigns and attempt to complete them as before. But she did say that the cost restrictions would mean fewer familiarisation tours or one or two fewer trade shows

Shober said, ‘When we looked at all these reductions, we said we want to keep the core essence of our advertising and marketing intact. But we would not completely eliminate things that we know provide marketing opportunities that can really return visitors to Wyoming or support our overall industry throughout the state. The thing that really provides the best lift to the overall consumer marketing, which drives the majority of the economy, comes in the advertising dollars that we kept intact.’

 

Serviced apartments – a home from home

Its not a real insider’s tip anymore, yet it still is little known to many travellers and travel agents: serviced apartments. Not only does this unique “home away from home” offer more space than a conventional hotel room, it also guarantees a great potential of saving travel costs.
Many business travellers that have to go to another city, temporarily working there as a project manager or a consultant, know about the benefits of serviced apartments. The demand for this type of temporary apartment is growing. All over Europe, new houses are opening. After all, the sector of corporate housing is interesting both for the guest and the operator.

In terms of comfort, a serviced apartment can be compared at least to a junior suite in a hotel. Compared to a hotel room with a similar standard, the rates for a serviced apartment are up to 30 percent lower most of the time, sometimes even more.

 

The explanation for this cost advantage lies in the special concept: in general, operators of serviced apartments are cutting unnecessary services. Though many long-term travellers state that it is nice to have the many services of a common hotel, many amenities can’t be used due to a lack of time or are simply not necessary for them.

A private kitchen, instead of a breakfast buffet. A cleaning service that is more oriented on private habits and does not by all means have to been done daily. According to the operators concept, one might only find a temporarily staffed front-desk. These – to name but a few – are possibilities for the operator of serviced apartments to reduce costs and to pass on this cost advantage to the guest.

Instead of easily paying 18 euro and more per person for a breakfast buffet, guests of a serviced apartment can buy a few things in the grocery store. Enjoying breakfast just like at home, the guests will be able to eat exactly what they enjoy. Already after a few days, a good deal of money can be saved this way.

Depending on the operator’s concept, single services can, of course, separately be booked – just as the guest prefers it. Besides breakfast, this could be a shopping or laundry service. The guest simply decides if he would like to enjoy the services or not.

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