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App Market Opens To Outside Developers
Sabre's new app marketplace is giving travel agencies and other travel buyers, such as corporate travel management companies, software to provide better service and work more closely with customers. The travel technology company's Red App Centre app marketplace provides apps that can be added to Sabre's platform to upgrade reporting, quality control, training, traveler profile management, and more. The apps integrate with Sabre's point-of-sale software used by more than 200,000 travel agents.
Third-party developers can apply to get Sabre's developer toolkit and sell apps in the store. The Carbon Emission Calculator is one example. It lets agents estimate how much carbon will be burned on a trip--including air, hotel, and car--in order to help travelers pick environmentally sensitive options.
The store has seen more than 5,000 downloads, and Sabre has received more than 100 Red App developer applications.