Luxury travel platform Bear Luxe Japan inks new deal with Sabre to increase geographic reach for member hotels while creating elevated experiences for travelers


Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced a new agreement with Japan-specific luxury travel platform and business-to-business membership portal Bear Luxe Japan, to better connect its hoteliers to global markets while creating elevated experiences for travelers.  

Inspired by the companions who accompanied aristocrats on their Grand Tours in the 17th to 19th centuries, who were known as Bear-leaders, Bear Luxe Japan is a global network of luxury travel designers, and leading Japanese luxury hotels in Japan. It aims to develop and deliver a luxury travel ecosystem to enable the international market to access the rich traditions and culture of Japan.

The new relationship will further cement Sabre’s growing footprint in Japan, while opening up further access for Bear Luxe member hoteliers – primarily consisting of independent Japanese luxury hotels – through the Sabre SynXis hospitality platform and Bear Luxe Japan’s international reach of the luxury travel market, to the markets and channels high-end travelers use to book their luxury trips to Japan. Bear Luxe will be utilizing a comprehensive suite of Sabre SynXis solutions to grow geographic reach, target the corporate travel market, drive increased bookings, and create personalized travel experiences.

“The absence of connectivity with the international luxury travel market has long been an industry-wide dilemma for Japanese luxury hotels. The anticipated partnership will be a game changer in bridging the market gap,” said Hiro Miyatake, co-founder and chief operating officer of Bear Luxe. “We’re also expecting that post-pandemic luxury travelers to Japan will have a more slow and deliberate approach to their trip and a desire for meaningful travel. As such, it is vital to us that we have the right technology partner, one that offers the right solutions in opening up new markets for our hoteliers, all while ensuring that luxury travelers are able to access the personalized experiences they want and expect on their trip.”

With this agreement, Bear Luxe hospitality members will be linked to hundreds of thousands of travel agents across the world through the Global Distribution System (GDS) connectivity solutions powered by Sabre SynXis, ensuring they can reach domestic and international travelers; strategically targeting markets which are able to travel, or have a desire to travel once borders re-open.

The new alliance will also enable the Bear Luxe platform to drive direct bookings, increase engagement and trigger conversions through the deep retail focus of the Sabre SynXis Booking Engine. Sabre’s corporate booking tools will provide Bear Luxe with the ability to connect with corporate travel buyers. Meanwhile, SynXis Voice Agent will elevate the call center experience for potential guests, equipping Bear Luxe agents with the tools they need to minimize call handling times while increasing opportunities for ancillary sales.

“We’re thrilled that Bear Luxe has selected Sabre as its trusted, strategic technology partner in Japan,” said Frank Trampert, Global Managing Director, Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “We look forward to supporting them in their endeavors to open up further domestic, regional and international markets to Japanese hoteliers while helping visitors to experience the unique characteristics Japanese destinations have to offer.”

About Sabre Corporation   

Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit   

About Bear Luxe Japan

Bear Luxe Japan is a Tokyo based, Japan-specific network of the country’s leading luxury travel suppliers and specialists in global travel design consisting of 70-member luxury hotels and over 200 international luxury travel agencies. Assistance on a wide range of luxury travel related services in Japan, from one- to two-week itineraries, executive meetings, and events to comprehensive menu of service reservations for ryokan, hotel, chauffeur, and unique experiences though a concierge service. Bear Luxe Japan is more than a network of Japanese luxury suppliers and a community of management and senior decision makers with the experience and expertise to respond to sophisticated procurement needs in luxury travel. The company’s mission is to curate, design and advise on elevated travel in and around Japan NEVER from a generalist, but ALWAYS from the perspective and know-how of a SPECIALIST.

Luxury Realtor Katrina Léonce Named one of Atlanta Magazine’s Real Estate All-Stars

The prestigious list is based on sales volume and recognizes the top 5-10% of metro Atlanta agents.

ATLANTASept. 13, 2021PRLog — Katrina Léonce of Katrina Sells Georgia is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s September issue, on their notable list of Top Real Estate All-Stars in the metro area. Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME publishes its annual comprehensive list to recognize the top performing real estate agents and teams in the Atlanta market, based on sales volume.

This honor comes on the heels of Léonce ranking #146 in Georgia in the 2021 REAL Trends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals’ nationwide list. America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents who are ranked among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States. She also landed on Keller Williams’ list of top 100 agents in the Southeast, placing #56 out of 1200 agents.

As an expert in the Georgia real estate market, the hardworking entrepreneur brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to buying and selling real estate in today’s housing market. She continues to serve as a premiere real estate authority in Georgia, particularly for clients in the luxury home market.

She is the #1 solo agent in the Keller Williams West Cobb brokerage and also serves on the Agent Leadership Council, providing mentorship and support to her colleagues and young professionals starting out in the industry.

“Making the America’s Best list was a major milestone in my career” says Léonce, “but to be honored in my hometown on this illustrious list is truly a compliment to the high standards my team and I enthusiastically strive to maintain. I attribute a large portion of my success to the care calls I made to my sphere and clients throughout the pandemic to see if there was any assistance I could offer, be a listening ear, and just checking in to make sure the people I cared about were okay. Those care calls turned into a substantial amount of business, although that was not my intent.”

Léonce explains, “Last year’s real estate market had its challenges, especially during the period where realtors were labeled non-essential workers and not able to show homes. During that time, I shifted my technology platforms to accommodate virtual tours, created 3-D imaging for listings, and continued to follow the science with measures to keep our clients safe when we were able to begin showings”.

Léonce has earned 5-star reviews across all real estate platforms for her commitment to client care. This stellar service has converted to countless client referrals and top accolades across the nation. Her exceptional leadership, community engagement strategies, and innovative methods, allow her to standout and surpass expectations in an ever-changing industry.

About Katrina Léonce: Léonce holds memberships as a Keller Williams Luxury Home International Realtor, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, Atlanta Board of Realtors Top Producer, Atlanta Board of Realtors Top 5%, Cobb County Multi-Million Dollar Club, National Association of Realtors, Cobb County Association of Realtors, and Susan G. Komen Survivor Speaker.

For more information, visit www.KatrinaSellsGeorgia.Com. To connect on social media and get up-to-date real estate news, follow @KatrinaSellsGeorgia on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Founder of Luxury Brand Lauren Ross Design Takes on a New Role of “Lethal Female Action Hero”

 Scheduled to start filming in early 2022, Lauren Ross, the founder of a global art and luxury goods company stated, “I have always been in love with action films, specifically when there is a strong female role involved. I wanted to be apart of a film that showed women we can be strong warriors, business owners, and feminine at the same time.”

To prepare for the role Lauren’s team sought out elite trainers in athletic performance, boxing, jiu jitsu, sprinting and firearms.

Although due to high secrecy many details regarding the film are not yet released. However, coming behind the success of major action movies, Lauren’s fight sequences will be some of the grittiest female action scenes yet to be seen on screen.

Lauren Ross Design

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Two More Realtors® Join Luxury Brokerage Engel & Völkers Belleair

 Engel & Völkers Belleair, ranked a Top Workplace three years in a row by the Tampa Bay Times, announced that Michael Pappa and CR Stanton have joined the brokerage as Realtors® servicing the entire Tampa Bay area, as well as aiding in national and international real estate transactions.

Mr. Pappa is a thirty-five-year veteran in the real estate industry and founded, owned and operated several real estate firms. He has the expertise, knowledge, energy and finesse to negotiate transactions to the most positive solution possible. He holds a real estate license in both Florida and Connecticut.

Mr. Stanton is a Tampa Bay area native and University of Florida graduate who worked for many years as a financial planner at Raymond James. He is also currently a licensed Home Inspector in the state of Florida. His experiences make him a great asset to both the brokerage and to his clients alike.

Broker and License Partner of Engel & Völkers Belleair, Kelly Montgomery-Kepler, comments, “Both of these real estate advisors exemplify our core values of passion, competence, and exclusivity. Operating in 34 countries around the world, with over 14,000 real estate advisors from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, the diversity within this global organization enriches not only our brokerages, but also the homebuying and selling experience given to the clients we serve around the world!”

To learn more about Engel & Völkers and its team of advisors, visit

About Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of over 14,000 real estate advisors in more than 900 residential brokerages in 34 countries around the world. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated. Learn more by visiting any of the following sites:,, or

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Luxury Collierville Agent Ally Pierce Finds Another Off Market Estate for Client Relocating to Area

Ally Pierce, a local home buying and selling consultant and REALTOR in Tennessee, dedicating her business to changing lives and empowering people to build wealth through real estate, has successfully closed an off market estate in Collierville, Tennessee for a client relocating to the area.

The Collierville, Tennessee property featured five acres, over 3000 square feet, and a pool. Pierce uses a comprehensive online marketing strategy paired with her vast network of locals to find and secure properties for her clients before they are listed. “Online Marketing is only the first step. The next step is to communicate your clients’ need to my network – sometimes it really does take a village to find the right property for someone with very specific needs as well as high standards. My goal is to deliver an extraordinary real estate experience; one that will create lasting relationships, future referrals, and opportunities to help others.”

For those who seek an exceptional real estate experience, one option in the Greater Memphis Area is Ally Pierce with Keller Williams Realty (Buy Sell Give Worldwide)

Built on years of dedication and a commitment to excellence, you will experience the difference in a referral based business when working with Ally Pierce.

Beyond beautiful estates and the custom touch of Ally, Buy Sell Give offers a world class service full of the most innovative marketing hand crafted for you and your property. With a vast local network, Ally is able to find clients properties before they are listed, allowing her clients a competitive edge needed to secure the right property at the right price. Beyond this custom approach is a large inventory of off market luxury homes for sale including horse properties, single family homes, acreages and more.