Madrid, Spain, 14 January 2015: Amadeus today announces the signing of an agreement with China’s Ctrip.com International to power its international expansion.
The multi-year agreement with Ctrip, China’s leading travel company in terms of market capitalisation, will include the provision of all air content for points of sale outside of mainland China. This initially includes Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and the USA, with future plans to move into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand, as well as additional markets.
Ctrip will implement Amadeus Master Pricer TravelBoard (including multi-merchant capability) as their low fare search engine, as well as Amadeus Mini Rules and Amadeus Ticket Changer, with the aim to adopt more of Amadeus’ powerful online search solutions in the near future.
Commenting via the Amadeus Blog
, Ctrip CEO of Air Ticketing Business Unit Xiong Xing
said, “Working hand in hand with our industry partners has helped Ctrip grow to become one of China’s largest travel companies. Now, as the world becomes even more connected, being a truly international travel player is paramount to our success in the future. Collaboration is the key to growth and Amadeus, as a global leader, is well positioned to power Ctrip in these new international markets.”
“This is a major milestone in our relationship and we truly feel that it will provide Ctrip with cutting edge solutions coupled with unique benefits, enabling us to become a one-stop international travel service platform”, he added.
Sebastien Gibergues, Head of Leisure Online & Travel Media, Amadeus, said, “Amadeus has built a solid and successful relationship with Ctrip over the last few years, so it is a natural next step to grow our partnership through Amadeus Flight Search and our merchandising portfolio in the global online travel market. Amadeus’ powerful global travel technology is a natural fit for Ctrip’s commitment to providing consistent excellent customer service as it steps outside of China.”
Angel Gallego, President, Amadeus Asia Pacific, commented, “This is a story of partnership, matching Ctrip’s online expertise in one of the world's largest and most dynamic markets with Amadeus’ global distribution reach. We are excited to work with Ctrip to support their expansion onto the global stage.”
A signing ceremony between Amadeus and Ctrip was held during the Amadeus Online Connect conference in Phuket, Thailand on 26 November 2014. Photos from the ceremony are available here
Notes to the editors:
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume.
Ctrip aggregates comprehensive travel related information and offers its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip enables business and leisure travellers to make informed and cost-effective bookings. It also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours.
In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China
Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).
The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations globally.
The group operates a transaction-based business model.
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