Amadeus strengthens relationship with UNIGLOBE Travel renewing its worldwide content distribution agreement for five years

With this agreement Amadeus will be the UNIGLOBE preferred distribution system, expanding to 12 markets in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. This deal reinforces Amadeus' commitment to its fast growing franchise customers by providing them with tailored IT solutions and support.

New Delhi, April 13, 2012: Amadeus the leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry recently announced the signing of a five-year agreement with UNIGLOBE Travel, the world's largest single-brand travel franchise, to provide content distribution services and IT solutions worldwide.

This five year contract renewal will extend UNIGLOBE TMC access to Amadeus inventory of 721 airlines, over 110,000 hotel properties, 30 car rental companies and 22 of the world's cruise lines, aiming to incentivise growth of bookings within the UNIGLOBE network both organically and internationally.The agreement will cover India, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Slovenia, and South Africa amongst other countries. The two companies continue to work together as part of a long-term strategic technology partnership to offer specialised travel services to mid-sized corporate accounts and vacation travellers.

Albert Pozo, Vice President Multinational Business & Corporate Travel, Amadeus commented: "Amadeus is proud to extend and grow its successful partnership with UNIGLOBE Travel to new territories. UNIGLOBE clients will benefit from a truly global travel management programme with full visibility of their travel costs. Powered by Amadeus technology, the UNIGLOBE network will be able to access consistent and high quality data and manage real-time travel information across the globe."

Speaking about the new contract Ankur Bhatia, Managing Director, Amadeus India said, "Looking at the increasing competitive landscape in the travel sector, it is vital that travel companies today not only offer streamlined and personalised services to their clients for a hassle free travel experience but also broaden their horizon by reaching out to customers worldwide. The renewal of Amadeus' agreement with Uniglobe will widen their customer base by providing access to a large span of inventory thereby enhancing growth of bookings both nationally & internationally. This agreement further fortifies Amadeus' strength as a leading travel technology provider and encapsulates our commitment towards providing breakthrough IT solutions & support to our partners."

Amadeus has created a set of best of breed solutions specifically for customers in the franchise segment, in response to a growing trend toward local and regional TMCs worldwide networking on global accounts.

Says Martin Charlwood, UNIGLOBE President and Chief Operating Officer, "We are pleased to forge a new five-year agreement with Amadeus. Using Amadeus technology, we can continue to broaden our global industry presence while maintaining distinct customer service tailored to local markets across the 60 countries in which we do business. This partnership gives UNIGLOBE a sustainable competitive advantage in our endeavour to become the most dependable travel management company in the world." 

Commenting on the agreement, Ritika Modi, Regional President, Uniglobe Travel South Asia said, "We are glad to extend our association with Amadeus' breakthrough technology solutions. With this agreement Uniglobe will be able to showcase its services on a wider platform, which will benefit our clients by giving them access to an extensive data and real time information of their travel details."

Notes to editors

Working globally to serve clients locally across more than 60 countries, UNIGLOBE Travel leverages current technologies and preferred vendor pricing to deliver leading edge travel management services and save clients time and money on business and vacation travel planning.

For more than 30 years, corporate and leisure travellers have depended on the UNIGLOBE brand to deliver services and experiences that go beyond expectations. UNIGLOBE Travel International Limited Partnership is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About Amadeus
is a 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 948 million billable travel transactions in 2011.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), 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 73 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 December 31 2011, the company reported revenues of €2,707 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.

Amadeus India Private Limited was established in 1994 and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. Amadeus India's head office is located in New Delhi, with a wide network of 40 branch offices providing support to travel agents across the Indian sub-continent. Amadeus India offers agents access to more than 95% of scheduled airline seats as well as hotel rooms, insurance packages, car hire and other travel services worldwide. Amadeus' distribution system is preferred by travel agents in 217 cities across India as well as in Bangladesh, Nepal and Colombo with over 42,000 terminal installations in more than 13,000 travel agencies.

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