News involving the top Global Distribution System (GDS) players has been doing the rounds for a variety of reasons lately. There was a reversal of fortune for Travelport, which signed a deal with India's largest domestic airline IndiGo last month, enabling the latter to distribute all its fares and ancillary products via the UK-based company. The move comes a few months after Flight Centre decided not to renew Travelport's GDS contract for Australia and New Zealand. As far as the Middle East is concerned, Amadeus signed deals with Nile Air and Air Cairo earlier in the year, further boosting its IT services to the airline industry.
Keeping in mind the recent developments, it was obvious that Sabre was not going to be left behind. An official ceremony attended by STNME's clients, the media and government officials marked the opening of its new office in Qatar early last month, as a part of the company's expansion plans in the region.
“The new office in Qatar highlights STNME's continued growth across the Middle East, after first establishing a presence in the region more than 30 years ago,” says Naoumovitch, adding that today STNME has long-standing strategic relationships with some of the region's largest travel agencies including Kanoo, ITL and Dnata.
He further says: “Sabre has supported the growth and success of its agency customers by providing industry-leading technology and tailor-made solutions to enable agents to shop, book and manage travel for their clients.”
Into his twelfth year as CEO of Sabre's Middle Eastern operations, Naoumovitch's biggest priority is to launch the company's latest version of its agency desktop, Red Workspace, which helps travel agents provide the best possible deal for the air passenger.
“The new Red Workspace is a major innovation for travel agencies. Travellers' behaviour is changing. Today they expect their agency to know if they want a window or aisle seat, and if they need an extra bag with their fare. They're looking for a more personalised travel experience. Our new
QATARTODAY TALKS TO DANIEL NAOUMOVITCH, SABRE TRAVEL NETWORK MIDDLE EAST (STNME) CEO SINCE 2005, ABOUT THE COMPANY'S LATEST APPLICATIONS AND UPCOMING PLANS FOR QATAR.