Sabre slashes cash costs

TTR Weekly | March 24, 2020

Sabre Corporation, a technology provider for the global travel industry, announced Monday cash cuts of around USD200 million from its business in 2020. “This is an unprecedented time. The global travel industry is facing challenges beyond what has been experienced before. We are fortunate that significant aspects of our cost structure are variable and are taking steps to help align our other costs with the current demand environment,” said Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke.

Spotlight

The tourism industry, with travel and hospitality as two of its major components, is no longer the same as it was. Consumer behaviors toward tourism have significantly changed, influenced by the desire for safety and social contact and the accelerated shift to digital. Travel planning now happens with just a few clicks — from selecting a travel location and checking safety protocols to receiving information on flights and lodgings. For businesses, this means tougher asks from customers
and greater competition for wallet share, especially as digital evens out the playing field between small and large companies.

Spotlight

The tourism industry, with travel and hospitality as two of its major components, is no longer the same as it was. Consumer behaviors toward tourism have significantly changed, influenced by the desire for safety and social contact and the accelerated shift to digital. Travel planning now happens with just a few clicks — from selecting a travel location and checking safety protocols to receiving information on flights and lodgings. For businesses, this means tougher asks from customers
and greater competition for wallet share, especially as digital evens out the playing field between small and large companies.

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