Sabre and Accor collaborate to create new solutions that hoteliers need

Travel Daily Media | January 23, 2020

Travel and aviation tech-sperts Sabre alongside hospitality powerhouse Accor, the leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, announced today they will work together on the creation of the first unified central reservation (CR) and property management (PM) platform for the hospitality industry. The potential of the new full-service property management tool will see the Sabre enrich its existing central reservation and limited-service property management systems. These capabilities will combine within a new unified cloud-native, highly-flexible platform that will be built for and available to hoteliers across all property classes and geographic regions.

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