Amadeus in Berlin: at the GBTA Conference 2014

Florian Tinnus

Head of Corporate IT, Amadeus IT Group

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A warm welcome from the GBTA Conference 2014! Amadeus is proud to be a sponsor of Europe’s largest buyer led business travel conference. This year GBTA has joined forces with VDR, Germany’s leading business travel association, and it’s the first time that a GBTA Conference is being held in Berlin.


The conference’s agenda is full of insightful sessions, discussing the latest topics in our industry. The event officially began yesterday, with some inspirational speeches. I had the opportunity to introduce Debra Searle, a professional adventurer who takes travel to its limits. Her welcome keynote speech reminded all of us of the importance of choosing our attitude when facing challenges – a piece of advice fitting for any industry.

The opening talks were followed by a grand reception at the Maritim Hotel, providing all delegates the opportunity to network at the start of the conference.

The programme has kicked off today, and this morning I was on stage interviewing Joe Bates (VP, Research GBTA), one of the top keynote speakers at the event, following his speech on GBTA’s BTI Business Travel Outlook.

This afternoon there are two Breakout Sessions, as well as a Knowledge Exchange, before the evening’s entertainment.


At Amadeus we feel strongly about the importance of connecting with our customersand fellow industry players at leading industry events such as GBTA. Technology has an ever more important role in our changing world, but, having said that, it is vital that the human touch is not lost in the application of this technology.

The travel industry needs cutting edge solutions, whilst on the other end customers need to be served by people with passion, who speak a customer language and can deliver excellent and localised services when the online world blends into the offline environment.

Amadeus’ corporate travel vision is at the centre of those transformational developments that will shape the future of our business travel industry. We are investing in innovative solutions that allow seamless integration of content, data and systems, whilst prioritizing the user experience, whether they are part of Amadeus or provided by third party suppliers. Together, we ensure that the human touch goes hand-in-hand with innovative technology in order to live up to our motto "Connected Business" and "Personalised Travel".


We look forward to discussing our vision in corporate travel, our solutions and products, and much more, with delegates at the GBTA Conference. We are happy to welcome you both to the Amadeus stand (29 and 30), and to i:FAO’s cytric stand (A).


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