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					GEOCODES   Hotel Operations Documentation




               SABRE USERGUIDE
                          FOR
             GEOCODES & HOTELS




              Process, Usage & Definitions




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                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

 WHAT IS A GEOCODE? ............................................................................................. 3
 GEOCODING HOTELS................................................................................................ 3
        New Hotel Builds – Geocode Assignment and Storage:................................. 3
        Updates/Changes to Geocodes: ....................................................................... 4
 GEOCODING POINTS OF INTEREST (POI)............................................................... 5
        Assignment & Storage ....................................................................................... 5
        Updates/Changes ............................................................................................... 5
   •  The following Points of Interest will not be accepted:................................. 5
   •  POI Categories allowed: ................................................................................. 5
 INDEXES AND HCC TABLE ....................................................................................... 7
 HOTEL SHOPPING USING GEOCODES ................................................................... 8
        HOT Qualifiers .................................................................................................... 8
        Shopping by Location Code .............................................................................. 9
        Shopping by Distance and Direction ................................................................ 9
        Shopping by Points of Interest: ...................................................................... 11
        Shopping using HOG and HOX Formats ....................................................... 12
 DEFINITIONS............................................................................................................. 14
        Geocode: ........................................................................................................... 14
        Confidence Level (factor): ............................................................................... 14
        Geoservices Team............................................................................................ 15
        Location Locator (LL): ..................................................................................... 15
        Attraction(s): ..................................................................................................... 15
        Point of Interest: ............................................................................................... 15
        Indexes: ............................................................................................................. 16
 FLOW CHARTS ......................................................................................................... 17

Document Overview: This document is designed to explain the relationships, usage,
and data management of Hotels and Geocodes.

NOTE: Please refer to the “Definitions” section beginning on page 12 for explanation of
terms used within this document.
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WHAT IS A GEOCODE?

A Geocode is the assignment of latitude and longitude coordinates and Confidence
Level to a location. Once a location has been assigned latitude and longitude
coordinates, it can be plotted on a map or can be reference to another geocoded
location. However, it will not display in a search without the Confidence factor. This is
why a Geocode consists of all three pieces of information. The process of geocoding
enables precision in mapping and referencing locations. The Geocode is automatically
assigned to the hotel by the map provider through an internal application called Location
Locator.

Sabre geocodes all of its hotel properties so that:

       •   Shoppers can request properties near specific points of interest and/or
           latitude-longitude coordinates
       •   Shoppers can see a property, or list of properties on a map
       •   Shoppers can determine what points of interest are near a specific property




GEOCODING HOTELS

New Hotel Builds – Geocode Assignment and Storage:

When a new hotel is added to Sabre, the hotel information is entered in eHotels or via
the HOT mask in Sabre. This property information is sent to Location Locator (LL)
nightly. LL sends the property address to the map provider to obtain geocodes. The
map provider returns geocodes for each property. LL stores the newly assigned
geocode in the LL database and also sends the information back to eHotels to be stored
there.




If there is a problem with the automatic assignment of a geocode through the automated
process, the property must be manually geocoded by the Geoservices Team. This
manual assignment is similar to the process defined below for updates.




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Updates/Changes to Geocodes:


A hotel may request an update to a geocode, by going to the Sabre Hotel eServices
website http://hoteleservices.sabre.com and following the guidance found in the
Geocodes & Mapping section.




The update spreadsheet form, instructions, and other information relating to proximity
searches are accessed from this page. Example below




The geocode update spreadsheet must be filled in by the associate with the following
information:

             1.   Sabre property ID number e.g. 53918
             2.   Latitude e.g. 29.23845
             3.   Longitude e.g. 82.19800
             4.   Confidence factor e.g. 1
             5.   Country code e.g. US

The spreadsheet is then sent to GeoUpdateteam@Sabre.com by the associate.

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GEOCODING POINTS OF INTEREST (POI)

Assignment & Storage

The Point of Interest is geocoded by the map provider. Geoservices maintains the POI
database for proximity searches. POI geocodes are kept in LL and in HCC table.

Updates/Changes

      •   The following Points of Interest will not be accepted:

      Local Businesses - restaurants, local amusements, department stores, miniature
            golf, bars
      Annual Events - golf tournaments, races, festivals, parades
      Generic Points - downtown, business district, individuals' Names, oceans, bodies
            of water

      •   POI Categories allowed:

      Amusement Park – AMUSE                      Museum – MUSE
      City Center – CITY                          National Park – NPARK
      City Hall – CITYH                           National Rail – NRAIL
      Corporate Headquarters – CORP               Ski – SKI
      Historical Site – HIST                      State Park – SPARK
      Local Airport – LAIR                        University – UNIV
      Local Park – LPARK




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The submission tool for adding a Point of Interest to the HCC table is located on the
Hotel eServices website http://hoteleservices.sabre.com.




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INDEXES AND HCC TABLE

Indexes are points of interest which may or may not be geocoded, displayed with
distance to the hotel property. They provide an additional way for Subscribers to search
for hotel properties. Hotels may be indexed to:

   •   3-letter city or airport Sabre code
   •   US point of interest
   •   Non-US point of interest

Associates may request changes, additions & deletions of points of interest on the HCC
table via the POI submission tool on Hotel eServices.

The HCC table (Hotel State Code and Country) contains all current indexes established
in Sabre system for use within the hotel indexing package. The points of interest are
listed by US state code and by non-US country code.

       The Sabre system will allow indexing points of interest only if they are spelled
       exactly as they are listed in the HCC table. Therefore, when adding a point of
       interest to a property, an Associate must retrieve the HCC table to verify the
       exact spelling of index point. A maximum of 15 index points are allowed per
       individual property via TPF. eHotels has no limit in number of index points.



The sample below shows the HCC table for Florida for points beginning with the letter
‘A’.




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Points of interest are displayed as Indexes in an HOD like this:




Sabre does not validate the point of interest or the proximity to the hotel when displayed
in the HOD Index.

Addition of a new point of interest which is not listed on the HCC table requires the
Associate to request that a new point of interest be added to the table via the POI
submission tool on Hotel eServices website. These reference points are limited to
maximum of 25 characters each.


HOTEL SHOPPING USING GEOCODES

Shopping for hotels in or near a specific location requires the use of HOT formats,
appended with appropriate qualifiers to identify proximity to that location. The example
below shows a simple request for hotels in DFW:




Hotel Shopping goes through eHotels to Location Locator to get the corresponding
property list. The system then filters with eHotels and responds with eHotels data.


HOT Qualifiers

There are many qualifiers which can be appended to HOT format e.g. location,
directions, distances, points of interest etc. All qualifiers are listed in Format Finder.
These qualifiers allow hotel shopping to be refined and results display only those hotels
that meet the request. There is no maximum limitation and all qualifiers are appended
at the end of the format, separated with a slash.
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Shopping by Location Code

Hotel properties that have indexed themselves to a specific Airport Code may be
searched by a location code.

There are 4 locations codes:

A     = Airport             Hotels within 0 to 10 miles of the airport
C     = City / Downtown     Hotels within 11 to 35 miles of the airport
S     = Suburban            Hotels within 36 to 50 miles of the airport
R     = Resort              Hotels within 51 and above of the airport
                            (the system enforces a max of 255 miles from the airport)
The example below shows a request for all hotels indexed to DFW displayed with their
distance from the airport at a City/Downtown level:




Shopping by Distance and Direction

To view only hotels which have been geocoded to a specific location, the G qualifier is
used. We are able to do this because all hotels have a geocode. This entry asks the
system to return all hotels that are geocoded to in the DFW area: HOTDFW/G.




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To specify the distance or the direction, the following indicators are used if there is a
need to search for hotels in a particular direction from the point of interest, then /D code
has to be used with distances and directions.

       /D    =distance radius (the default distance is 20 miles)
       /D-xx = distance radius of xx
       /D-xxyy = distance radius of xx; direction yy
       /*SD = display the locations in order of distance from a point of interest




Both /G and /*SD can be appended to the HOT request to display geocoded hotels in
order of distance from the point of interest.


This entry will search for geocoded hotels located up to 30 miles North from Dallas
sorted in distance order: HOTTX-DALLAS/*SD/D-30N/G




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   This entry will search for hotels near another specific hotel, in this case, property #
   3360: HOTGEOP‡3360




   This entry will search for hotels around specific latitude and longitude coordinates:
   HOTGEOC‡32.2050,-90.8125




Shopping by Points of Interest:

   HCC/HCCC entries may be used to help find points of interest as they are listed in the
   table by State or Country.

   State
   o To decode State code: HCC state name (ex: HCCTEXAS). The state code for
      Texas is TX
   o To display all points of interest in the state that begin with the letter N: HCC state
      code*N (ex: HCCTX*N).

   Country
     o To decode non-US country code: HCCC/country name (ex: HCCC/POLAND.
         The country code for Poland is PL.
     o To display all points of interest for this country which begin with letter K:
         HCCC/country code*K (ex: HCCC/PL*K/PL*K).


   Beginning with a specific point of interest, searches may be made for hotel availability
   near that point:

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HOTTX-NASA This request will return results displaying a list of hotels near NASA:




Shopping using HOG and HOX Formats

The HOG entry is used to display points of interest near a specific property as
determined by the actual proximity of the geocoded property and the geocoded points of
interest.




This format displays a list, based on geocoding of both the hotel and the points of
interest which are located within a ten-mile (16 kilometers) distance from a specified
hotel as determined by Location Locator. These results are based on the actual
location of the points of interest, according to geocoded coordinates and are displayed
with direction and distance from the property. In this case, the results show that
University Park is 2 miles South East of the Hilton Dallas Park Cities. If a hotel is
located in a remote area there may be no Points of Interest within the ten mile range.
The mileage information is displayed either in kilometers or in miles, based on the
shopping person preferences:


The HOX entry is used to display a list of points of interest which have been indexed to
the hotel property chosen from the master index table (HCC table).

There is no validation of distance and direction by the Sabre system, either at the time
of hotel updating or at the time of shopping. It includes those points to which the hotel
has chosen to be indexed.

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In this case, the results show that Texas Stadium is 11 miles east of the hotel. For EPN
properties, it is necessary to make an HOD entry first for the HOX to work. The HOX for
EPN properties allows a TPF entry, but is actually pulling information from eHotels.


Note:

For both HOG and HOX searches, the mileage information may be displayed either in
kilometers or miles, based on the shopper’s preferences:

        o in miles: HOX(property number)/DM-MI
        o in kilometers: HOX(property number)/DM-KM




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DEFINITIONS

Geocode:

  A Geocode is a geographical code to identify a specific location. A Geocode contains:
  Latitude (LAT), Longitude (LNG) and GEO Confidence Level (CF) e.g. [LAT 33.15670,
  LNG 36.12401, CF1]




  Geocoding is the process of assigning geographic coordinates: Latitude and Longitude
  to addresses, as well as other points and features allowing it to be mapped correctly.

Confidence Level (factor):

  The Confidence Level (CF) is a digit from 1 to 10 which indicates the accuracy of the
  Latitude and Longitude assigned to the property is, based on accuracy of the address
  provided and the current mapping and geocodes available from the provider. The
  accuracy of geocoding differs by country and can be different for regions within the
  same country. The lower the CF number is, the more accurate the location.

  There are 10 Confidence Levels:

       Confidence      Description            The Location Was Resolved to:
       Level
       1               ADDRESS                a discrete address
       2               INTERSECTION           a street intersection
       3               STREET                 a range of street addresses
       4               ZIP9                   the 9-digit (ZIP+4) zip code
       5               ZIP7                   the 7-digit (ZIP+2) zip code
       6               ZIP                    the 5-digit zip code level
       7               CITY                   city level
       8               COUNTY                 county level
       9               STATE                  state level
       10              COUNTRY                country level

  Example: The Confidence Level tells us the highest level of mapping available. If
  Mapquest provides street level detail for the country of Spain, then any property in
  Spain loaded in Sabre is validated at street level will have at least a CF of 3. The lower
  the Confidence Level, the more accurate the location is.




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Geoservices Team

   Geoservices is the team who manages the assignment, maintenance and updates of
   geocodes. Geoservices maintains the relationship with the map provider.

Location Locator (LL):

   Location Locator is an application used by Geoservices, where hotels, car rental
   locations, polygons and POI data are kept in a database and it allows programs such as
   Travelocity and/or GetThere to perform proximity searches based on this data. LL
   communicates with the mapping provider to geocode an address.

Attraction(s):

   This is free descriptive text which may be entered in either in Sabre TPF or eHotels. It
   is not validated by Sabre and is not searchable.




Point of Interest:

   A Point of Interest (POI) is any specific location, such as airport, city center, historic site
   or other attraction, which is located within 10 miles of the hotel queried.




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Indexes:

  The Index list displays points of interest (airports, theme parks, shopping areas,
  museums, etc) which the hotel has chosen to be indexed to, displayed along with the
  proximity and direction of each point of interest to the hotel. Mileage and direction are
  provided by the hotel and are not validated by Sabre but may be used as qualifiers in a
  shop. “Indexes” in Sabre are displayed as “Points of Interest” in eHotels and as
  “Nearby Attractions” on Travelocity.




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