Sabre to sell is up for sale as parent company Sabre restructures its online travel agency business, according to the Sunday Times.

US travel technology group Sabre has appointed corporate finance firm Houlihan Lokey to find a buyer for, according to reports at the weekend.

North American OTA and Sabre subsidiary Travelocity paid £577 million for in 2005 as the group sought to expand its OTA business in Europe. Travelocity posted a loss of $34 million in the first six months of this year and a fall in revenue of 40% to $180 million.

However, Sabre reported group revenue “excluding Travelocity” had increased in the half year. The group includes the Sabre global distribution system. Sabre signed an agreement with OTA rival Expedia last August which saw Travelocity’s US and Canadian sites switch to using Expedia technology and selling Expedia content.

Sabre described as “one of Europe’s strongest travel brands” in its most recent results statement. Set up by Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox, was among the most successful UK start-ups of the boom of the 1990s.

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