Madrid, 2 March, 2006. Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, today announced the signature of a global Preferred Supplier Agreement with ITP-International Travel Partnership, a leading consortium for worldwide business travel, based in England. Amadeus will build a global technology platform for ITP comprising the following elements:
- A Travel agency desktop – Amadeus Selling Platform (Vista) is the first browser-based point of sale platform to allow travel professionals to focus on selling travel and developing customer relations. The platform allows agents to choose how they work fastest – with both cryptic and GUI modes. It is a truly scalable solution that in its simplest form is suitable for the smallest start-up agency, yet is robust enough to be scaled up to suit the most demanding multi-national customers.
- A Corporate self-booking portal – a flexible online booking solution which will enable corporations to manage their travel programmes in conjunction with their preferred agency partners more effectively. Employees will be able to plan and book policy-compliant travel itineraries directly from any PC connected to the internet.
ITP is a leading consortia of 400 associate travel agencies worldwide – from the United States and Brazil to Kazakhstan and Sweden. Since it was established in 1986, the consortia continues to grow and attract the market leading independent agencies within defined geographical locations.
The focus of the ITP partnership today is to continue to combine the very best automation with personal service, global strength and leveraging our local knowledge.
The deal helps ITP to integrate its travel network more closely with a global brand, consistent technology and standardised systems throughout the consortia. At the same time, the flexibility of Amadeus’ technology allows ITP to maintain the individuality of each member and the distinctive customer service that entails.
“Technology plays a stronger role than ever before in a travel company’s choice of distribution partner. This deal with ITP is yet more proof that the strength of Amadeus’ technology combined with our world-leading distribution system is a winning solution,” said Gillian Gibson, Vice President, Multinational Customer Group, Amadeus.
Jean-Claude Fert, CEO of ITP-International Travel Partnership said. “ITP has decided to chose Amadeus as its preferred technology partner given the commitment and willingness that Amadeus has shown in providing and developing the very best technical and web distribution solutions to our individual agency partners and our joint corporate customers around the world”.
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Amadeus is the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers, and buyers of travel. The company provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions to help its customers adapt, grow and succeed in the fast changing travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (airlines, hotels, car rental companies, railway companies, ferry lines, cruise lines, insurance companies and tour operators), travel sellers (travel agencies) and travel buyers (corporations and travellers). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consulting.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations in 75 countries covering more than 215 markets. The company has over 6,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. For the six months ended 30 June 2005, Amadeus reported revenues of €1,226.1m and net income of €154.2m.
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