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ROVIA SELECTS SABRE AS ITS PRIMARY TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER TO DELIVER LEADING TRAVEL SERVICES FOR ITS BUSINESS PARTNERS

         

PLANO, Texas – Sept. 8, 2017 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has signed an agreement with Rovia™, an industry leading travel and lifestyle service provider offering turnkey solutions for business partners and membership-based travel companies.
 
The long term technology and GDS agreement includes operational consulting and establishes Sabre as Rovia’s primary technology provider to support travel e-commerce for its fast growing network of business partners.
 
Rovia will have access to innovative solutions that will further enhance the customer experience they provide to business affiliates, providing a competitive advantage on an exclusive inventory of travel services including air, hotel, car and cruise.  Sabre will also provide Rovia with industry leading capabilities including mobile shopping capabilities and API technology connecting their platform to the Sabre travel marketplace.
 
“Rovia has an innovative business model and we look forward to working with them to provide their customers with great technology that is proven to find the best fares and leading travel services,” said Jay Jones, senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network in the Americas. “Our new partnership opens up opportunities for Sabre technology to differentiate Rovia’s services and offer an enhanced shopping and booking experience for travelers.”
 
“We are committed to our strategic partnership with Sabre, both our in-house travel professionals as well as our online booking portal will be enabled to provide our travelers the best in class service they require,” said Josh Paine, CEO of Rovia. “Sabre is the right partner to support Rovia’s rapid global expansion, providing Rovia with technology that is highly adaptable and industry leading, including our growing online booking platform.  We are confident our Sabre partnership will allow Rovia the tools, connectivity and distribution to access new as well as strengthen existing partnerships with global travel partners and suppliers,” added Paine.
 
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About Sabre
Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.
 
About Rovia
Rovia, LLC is an industry-leading travel and lifestyle service provider offering turnkey solutions for business partners and membership-based travel companies. Through the cultivation of relevant and meaningful relationships with top-tier companies, Rovia now powers exceptional travel and lifestyle products across the globe. http://rovia.com

ROVIA ELEVATES PRODUCT OFFERING WITH VIRTUOSO ® MEMBERSHIP

         

            Virtuoso extends Rovia an invitation to join its exclusive luxury travel network

Plano, Texas — July 19, 2017 Rovia™, an award-winning service provider for membership-based global travel, announces its membership with Virtuoso®, the world’s leading network of luxury travel agencies.
 
Forged during the first quarter of this year, the membership will provide Rovia customers with insider access, high-end amenities, VIP treatment and a vast network of preferred partners including airlines, hotels, car rental companies, tour operators and more. Virtuoso also offers Rovia’s travel advisors member-only access to its exclusive suite of marketing and training tools.
 
“Rovia has been experiencing remarkable growth,” said Rovia President Jim Menge, who formerly served as executive vice president of Member Development at Virtuoso. “And with growth comes the need to raise the bar. With that in mind, it’s my pleasure to announce that Rovia is now a travel agency member of Virtuoso, a name synonymous with luxury travel. I’m excited to see how the benefits of Virtuoso’s broader product reach impact our customers and empower our company.” 
 
The new network membership is another example of how Rovia is elevating its extensive portfolio to offer more exclusive, highly curated experiences for the nearly 500,000 travel club members it serves around the world.
 
About Rovia
Rovia, LLC is an industry-leading travel and lifestyle service provider offering turnkey solutions for business partners and membership-based travel companies. Through the cultivation of relevant and meaningful relationships with top-tier companies, Rovia now powers exceptional travel and lifestyle products across the globe. rovia.com
 
About Virtuoso
Virtuoso is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 800 travel agency partners with more than 15,200 elite travel advisors in over 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than US$21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.
 
 

ROVIA TEAM COMPLETES GOOD TRAVELERS ADVISOR PROGRAM

         

            Entire Rovia Staff challenged to complete certification in an effort to be more Corporately
            Responsible

PLANO, Texas; July 14, 2017 –  Jim Menge, President of Rovia, an award-winning provider of innovative solutions for the lifestyle and travel services industry, recently challenged his entire team of employees, including his own self, to complete the Good Travels Advisor Program. The certificate, created by Tourism Cares, is a training program that helps travel advisors capitalize on responsible travel trends to build their businesses and also support destinations.
 
“We don’t just want to offer good customer service. We’re striving for exemplary customer service,” said Jim Menge, President of Rovia. “That’s why we’re pleased to announce that 100% of our Rovia staff have completed the Good Travels Program hosted by Tourism Cares.”
 
The program consists of 4 components:

 
Interested in becoming certified?  Visit www.goodtravelsadvisor.org
 
The Good Travels Advisor program provides unique and positive value that will leave a lasting impression with thousands of global travel agents, such as Rovia.  The training resulted in the direct progression of the Rovia team by helping them deepen existing relationships with clients and giving them new ways to market Rovia and its services.
 
Rovia is a Corporate Partner of Tourism Cares.
 
 
ABOUT ROVIA
Rovia is an industry-leading travel and lifestyle service provider for business partners and membership-based travel around the world. Through the cultivation of relevant and meaningful relationships with top-tier companies, Rovia now powers exceptional travel and lifestyle products across the globe. To learn more, visit: www.rovia.com.

ROVIA PRESIDENT JOINS VOLUNTEERS IN THAILAND TO CLOSE WTTC SUMMIT

         

            Event hosted by Tourism Cares, supported by Corporate Sponsor, Rovia

PLANO, Texas; July 1, 2017 –  Jim Menge, President of Rovia, an award-winning provider of innovative solutions for the lifestyle and travel services industry, participated in a global volunteer event, Tourism Cares for Bangkok, to close the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit on April 28.  
 
“On April 28, I had the privilege to volunteer for TourismCares for Bangkok,” Jim Menge, President of Rovia said. “It’s a wonderful thing to be able to give back to communities.  And, especially for those of us in the travel industry, it’s critical to commit to principles like preservation and conservation. We want these beautiful places to stay beautiful for years to come, and together with the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’re doing our part to make that happen.”   
 
Tourism Cares for Bangkok, hosted by Tourism Cares in partnership with WTTC and its members, was held in Bangkok with a strong focus on giving back to the local community. 75 volunteers planted 474 mangrove tree seedlings in a nursery as well as matured mangrove trees in the gardens in Bang Krachao. The area, known as “the green lung”, is used as an eco-tourism site, with walking, bicycling and kayaking tours available to visitors. Through this event, volunteers were given the opportunity to leave a lasting impact by showing the travel and tourism industry’s commitment to preservation and conservation. The tree planting was held at the close of the World Travel & Tourism Council Summit as a way to give back to the host city of Bangkok.
 
WTTC works to raise awareness of travel & tourism as one of the largest economic sectors, to learn more about the summit please visit www.wttc.org.
 
ABOUT ROVIA
Rovia is an industry-leading travel and lifestyle service provider for business partners and membership-based travel around the world. Through the cultivation of relevant and meaningful relationships with top-tier companies, Rovia now powers exceptional travel and lifestyle products across the globe.  Rovia has offices in Texas, South Carolina, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. To learn more, visit: www.rovia.com.
 
ABOUT TOURISM CARES
Tourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) public charity, advances the travel industry’s social impact to help people and places thrive. We unite the industry to make a greater impact on shared priorities, and to help each company fulfill its giving goals. Our members include leading travel associations and companies, together helping destinations in need, supporting our workforce, and improving our corporate social responsibility. Learn more at www.TourismCares.org and @TourismCares.
 

ROVIA NAMED TO TRAVEL WEEKLY POWER LIST

Plano, Texas — June 27, 2017 —  Rovia™, an award-winning service provider for membership-based global travel, claimed a spot on the coveted Travel Weekly Power List for the first time in its history, ranking 40th among 59 industry leaders. The annual Power List recognizes companies that achieved no less than US$100 million in gross sales of global travel-related products the previous year, with at least 15 percent of sales in the United States.  
 
“We are honored that Travel Weekly selected Rovia for its 2017 Power List based on our ability to grow while serving our stakeholders well,” said Rovia CEO Josh Paine. “Rovia prides itself on delivering exceptional services to our business partners, customers and employees, and we share this honor with them.”
 
Rovia has distinguished itself in the marketplace with curated group travel packages featuring concierge services, private welcome receptions, tailored excursions and more. The company — which boasts 10 World Travel Awards and 4 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards since 2012 — launched 6,000 trips across 480 cities in 90 countries last year, alone.
 
For more information, view Rovia’s Power List page on the Travel Weekly website.
 
About Rovia
Rovia is an industry-leading travel and lifestyle service provider for business partners and membership-based travel around the world. Through the cultivation of relevant and meaningful relationships with top-tier companies, Rovia now powers exceptional travel and lifestyle products across the globe.  Rovia has offices in Texas, South Carolina, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. To learn more, visit: www.rovia.com.
 
About Travel Weekly
Online or in print, Travel Weekly brings depth, context and perspective to events in the industry. By providing news, research, opinions, analysis and information found nowhere else, Travel Weekly maintains its position as the most important and influential source of news, data and commentary to the travel industry. In addition to a weekly print publication, TravelWeekly.com is updated multiple times every day and is the most-visited industry website. travelweekly.com
 
 

ROVIA NAMES INDUSTRY VETERAN AND TRAVEL EVANGELIST JIM MENGE PRESIDENT

PLANO, Texas, Sep. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rovia™, LLC,  award-winning travel and service provider for membership-based global travel, today announced Jim Menge has been named President, effective immediately.
 
Menge, a traveller by profession and by nature, and author of Business Evangelism: From Prospect to Customer for Life, has held leadership roles with some of the world's leading travel companies prior to joining Rovia. He was the Chief Marketing Officer of Silvercar, Inc. the Audi-exclusive car rental company, served in leadership roles at other diverse travel companies such as Viajanet, SilverRail, and was the Executive Vice President of Member Development at Virtuoso.
 
Menge was also the Travel Evangelist and Vice President of Technology Business Development at SABRE, the world's largest provider of air and hotel technologies, where the outcome of his development initiatives resulted in new products, services and major travel agency efficiencies. Previous to joining SABRE, Menge led the American Airlines Technology Product Marketing team, bringing Internet technologies to their travel distribution channels.
 
"Menge is a well-respected travel industry veteran. His solid history of building strategic relationships and his proven ability to develop high-performance teams will catapult the Rovia brand to new heights," says Wayne Nugent, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of WorldVentures Holdings, Rovia's parent company.
 
Menge is known as a "travel evangelist" and has spoken to global audiences on the topics of travel, innovation, branding and strategy. He has travelled over a million miles and visited more than 100 countries. "What I experience and what others experience while traveling inspires me," he says. "I look forward to helping those who love to travel see the world as I have."
 
 

ROVIA TEAMS UP WITH TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS TO "GIVE BACK" TO NYC NATIONAL PARKS

PLANO, Texas, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Representatives from Rovia™ joined forces with 300 travel industry leaders in an effort to give back and say “thank you” to three iconic national parks.

The event, “Tourism Cares for New York Harbor,” took place in New York City, where volunteers from 80 different travel companies spent the day cleaning and beautifying Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park.

Hosted by Tourism Cares, the non-profit, philanthropic arm of the travel and tourism industry, the volunteer day marked the final effort of a successful yearlong campaign. It was one of five events held in order to encourage travel industry leaders to help clean up and beautify U.S. national parks in honor of The National Park Service centennial year celebration.

“Future generations deserve to be able to enjoy these beautiful places, unfortunately The National Park Service simply cannot maintain it all on their own. It takes each of us to do a little bit to make a big difference,” said Rovia President Jim Menge. “Because of initiatives like this one, places like this will be here in the future, they’ll be clean, they’ll be safe and they’ll be places people want to go visit.”

Altogether, the day’s impact brought in a total of 1,800 hours of service at a value of approximately $48,000 to the state and national park staff, according to a recently released impact report.

Of that, volunteers mulched 60,000 cubic feet, protecting nearly 300 trees and planted 1,000 bulbs at Liberty State Park and Statue of Liberty. At Ellis Island, volunteers painted 648 feet of chain link fence and 78 posts, using more than 10 gallons of paint, properly preserved more than 2,000 historic roofing tiles and to help prepare for future flooding, volunteers helped to make approximately 200 sandbags.

ROVIA NAMED BOTH "NORTH AMERICA'S LEADING TRAVEL AGENCY" AND "UNITED STATES' LEADING TRAVEL AGENCY" FOR 2014 BY WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rovia™ has been recognized as both "North America's Leading Travel Agency" and "United States' Leading Travel Agency" for 2014 by World Travel Awards (WTA)—two additional WTA awards for the company this year. The WTA Caribbean & North America's winners were announced on Sunday, October 26.
 
Earlier this month, Rovia was also recognized as Asia's "Leading Online Travel Agency for 2014." In addition, the company received two nominations last year. At Rovia, customers are assured access to advanced technology that includes an award-winning booking engine and the best trip value for the price.
 
"We are thrilled to be recognized as North America's Leading Travel Agency and United States' Leading Travel Agency two weeks after Rovia was named Asia's Leading Online Travel Agency," Rovia President Mike Putman said. "We're grateful that the travel industry and loyal customers around the world find our product and service worthy of such notable awards."
 
World Travel Awards, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, recognizes brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. Their program is highly comprehensive, honoring several industry segments such as "Airlines and Airports," "Hotels and Resorts," "Meetings and Conventions" and "Travel Technology."

ROVIA NAMED "ASIA'S LEADING ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY" AT 2014 BY WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS CEREMONY IN NEW DELHI

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rovia™ has been recognized as "Asia's Leading Online Travel Agency" for 2014 by the World Travel Awards program (WTA). The World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony was held in New Delhi at The Oberoi on Friday, October 10 with hundreds of tourism professionals in attendance.
 
Rovia is no stranger to the World Travel Awards, having received two nominations last year. Rovia is a leading provider of curated group travel experiences, annually producing and managing hundreds of distinct pre-packaged travel experiences for small and large groups.
 
"Being named 'Asia's Leading Online Travel Agency' for 2014 is an honor," Rovia President Mike Putman said. "It's great to be acknowledged this year by our international peers as a leader in our industry. We strive to provide exceptional customer service and a unique product, so to be recognized by travel professionals and customers around the world is gratifying."
 
The World Travel Awards program, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, recognizes brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. The program is highly comprehensive, honoring several industry segments such as "Airlines and Airports," "Hotels and Resorts," "Meetings and Conventions" and "Travel Technology."

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