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Future travel profitability drivers revealed in global study commissioned by Amadeus

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The Travel Gold Rush 2020 details a major realignment of the travel industry as Asia looks set to represent one third of travel spend by 2020. Death of traditional cabin classes, rise of ‘virtual’ classes, changing face of business travel and the rise of older wealthy travellers are some of the trends set to unlock vital new revenues.

• The Travel Gold Rush 2020 details a major realignment of the travel industry as Asia looks set to represent one third of travel spend by 2020

• Death of traditional cabin classes, rise of ‘virtual’ classes, changing face of business travel and the rise of older wealthy travellers are some of the trends set to unlock vital new revenues

Madrid, Spain, 23rd September 2010, A major new industry report, The Travel Gold Rush 2020, outlines how the travel sector can better ride the global economic rollercoaster and secure future growth and profitability. Pointing to the death of traditional airline cabin classes; the rise of face-to-face agents; the dominance of Asia; the decline of business class and the importance of delivering a total travel experience, the study provides new thinking and innovative scenarios to support the future of travel.

The report was developed by Oxford Economics, a prominent economic forecasting consultancy, and commissioned by Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry.

Based on macroeconomic forecasts and extensive input from key industry experts across airlines, travel agents, think-tanks and international organisations, the report details new revenue opportunities, drivers of profitability, new models for delivering services and the changes in traveller tastes set to influence the future of the industry.

Key findings

The global picture: Asia set to dominate travel spend by 2020
Whilst 2010 has seen a return to global growth, Europe remains sluggish and the outlook is uncertain. Looking forward to 2020, the study outlines how Asia will account for one third (32 percent) of global travel spend which is up from only 21 percent today, representing a dramatic realignment over the next ten years.

Options for growth: delivering the ‘total travel experience’ requires new models
The key to unlocking growth and profitability in the travel sector is delivering a ‘total travel experience’ which has so far proved elusive. The report explores the potential for airlines to become high speed transport and communications brands fulfilling their mission to connect people whether through the integration of high speed rail or even video conferencing. The study suggests a resurgence of face-to-face travel agents, spurred on by new technologies and a growing need for personalised advice and support as people seek greater adventure and as traveller demographics shift.

Future tastes: death of traditional cabin classes, older travellers, rising demand for face-to-face agents and new travellers to transform travel
By highlighting changes in traveller tastes and needs, the report identifies some of the main opportunities for travel companies in the next decade including:

  • The rise of ‘virtual’ personalised cabin classes are likely to replace traditional cabin classes
  • Face-to-face agents to evolve into ‘lifestyle managers’ meeting the total needs of travellers
  • ‘Richer, older and going somewhere’ segment to provide new revenue opportunities
  • Business travel to recover but business class may wither

According to Philippe Chérèque, EVP, Commercial at Amadeus, “We are committed to stimulating discussion and debate within the travel sector about how the world is changing, what travellers will demand and how the industry can evolve in a way that secures future growth and profitability. In this report we explore new models of co-operation, how a total travel experience can be delivered and whether or not the future for airlines and agents lies in fundamentally reshaping the services they provide.”

Adrian Cooper, Chief Executive , Oxford Economics said: “For the first time, we explore some of the long-term structural issues that have prevented the travel sector from securing profit and how the barriers can be overcome by thinking more broadly about the macroeconomic environment, future business models and changing traveller tastes.”

The Travel Gold Rush 2020 report is part of the Amadeus Traveller Series which is a global initiative designed to stimulate new thinking and innovation in the travel sector.

To download a copy of the report, please visit: www.amadeus.com/goldrush2020

About Amadeus

Amadeus is the leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).

The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 670 million billable travel transactions in 2009. It has extensive experience in the system migration process, having helped 31 airlines successfully transition to Altéa during 2009 alone. Amadeus Altéa Inventory is a critical component of the Altéa Suite and has been selected by approximately 100 airlines from around the world.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters and marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 72 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.

Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended 31 December 2009, the company reported revenues of EUR 2,461 million and EBITDA of EUR 894 million. The Amadeus group employs over 9,300 employees worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.

To find out more about Amadeus please visit www.amadeus.com

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