Front row seats for travel agents


SINGAPORE, 29 April 2015: Abacus-linked travel agents Asia-Pacific will soon be selling front row seats of a different kind, now that the technology company is integrating the 8,000 concerts, cabarets and tour content provided by City Discovery into the launch release of Abacus ContentPlus.

Rolling out across the region, this May, the B2B2C retail platform will give agents the means to provide instant confirmation for sporting or entertainment events, as well as priority access to a wide range of attractions.

A choice of private or group themed tours are also available for more than 700 destinations covering all interests, from gastronomy and photography to local culture and nightlife. Popular city passes can be bundled in for the duration of a stay.

“We are adding a new dimension to the services offered by the region’s travel agents, with products that deliver on the promise of experiential travel,” said Abacus CMO Martin Symes. “This is about value too. While Abacus agents benefit from the incremental revenue, travellers will enjoy City Discovery’s consistent low price guarantee.”

inside no 5The Abacus product is picking up content from City Discovery, that claims to have more than 8,000 travel activities in 700 destinations, sold directly to consumers and a network of 16,000 agents that pick up its content to package in their customised tours.

“All our ground products have been independently reviewed by travellers of varied tastes and so we know we can cater to the range of demand Abacus can channel from all around the region,” said City Discovery co-founder and vice president, Wladimir Guez. “This is a huge opportunity for City Discovery and we look forward to fulfilling every reservation made through Abacus ContentPlus.”

Abacus travel agents can sell City Discovery products independently, or tie them into a custom itinerary as part of a complete personalised package, with flights, accommodation, car rental, transfers and more. Easy to align and track, Abacus ContentPlus automatically creates a consolidated super-PNR.

In beta testing now, Abacus ContentPlus will be free to use as one of the 60 downloadable Abacus Red Apps that integrate with B2B workflow solution, Abacus WorkSpace.

City Discovery is available in 18 languages and has offices in US, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.