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BCD Travel and Amadeus Present Next Generation Travel Management Solution

Industry leaders collaborate to deliver innovative solutions designed to increase efficiency and drive savings for clients

Delhi, 25 March 2010 -  BCD Travel, one of the world's largest global travel management companies, and Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, held a three city roadshow to India's leading business centres last week. The events showcased a range of new solutions and educated travel program decision makers on how to improve efficiency and service levels in the corporate travel arena.

Rakesh Bansal, CEO, Amadeus India, said, "At Amadeus, it has been our endeavour to stay ahead of the times and develop solutions which will provide value to our business partners. With new age solutions such as the AeTM, we aim to offer our corporate a tool for self bookings. This gives them flexibility for 24*7 bookings, automates their process and gives them better control over their time and turns out to be a cost effective tool."

Reaching out to corporate decision makers in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, the roadshow addressed a number of key areas including: industry outlook and trends for 2010; end-to-end travel management process; Amadeus' e-Travel Management  (AeTM) online booking solution; and further industry observations from key hotel and airline experts.

AeTM, Amadeus' online self-booking tool, helps corporations manage their travel more efficiently and cost-effectively. Amadeus' technology is helping more than 1,500 corporations globally to achieve cost savings and streamline their travel processes.

Ajay Bali, Managing Director, BCD Travel India said: "Bringing together subject matter experts from all areas of the industry into one concise forum provides our clients with a great opportunity to analyse and enhance the way they currently manage their corporate travel. 

"Picking these three wonderful cities for our roadshow made sense as these are our core client bases. Equally however, the content from the roadshow and focus on greater efficiency in our clients' travel programs is something that we're rolling out nationwide, with the support of Amadeus."

Lisa Akeroyd, Regional Director, Corporate Solutions, Amadeus Asia Pacific, said, "Amadeus is very pleased to be working with BCD Travel to deliver innovative corporate travel solutions to clients in India. We look forward to delivering solutions that will help corporations to reduce travel spending and streamline processes, and enhance visibility over travel management. This has become a very important consideration for Indian corporations, particularly larger national and multinational organisations."

The roadshows follow a year of strong growth and successful client retention for BCD Travel in India.  The company's commitment to innovation, technology and outstanding customer service has helped deliver strong results; with significant new client wins, a widely recognized brand and unique approach to streamlined operational processes also playing their part. 

Management information for the first two months of 2010 suggest India's corporate travel business is picking-up, with levels already above the same period last year and expected to continue throughout the year. Against this back-drop, corporate decision makers are once again analyzing their travel procurement processes and preferred supplier agreements, making this the perfect time to examine the efficiencies generated from the use of online solutions.


Notes to editors

About Amadeus India
Amadeus is the chosen technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry. The company provides distribution and technology 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).

Amadeus operates under a transaction-based business model that offers IT solutions to virtually all players in the travel industry. 

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

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 172 cities across India, with over 28,676 terminal installations in more than 9,050 travel agencies.

More information about, visit the Amadeus India website: www.amadeus.in

About BCD Travel
As a leading provider of global corporate travel management, BCD Travel simplifies and streamlines the business of travel. This benefits our client's organization on every level: from the bottom-line to the business traveler. BCD Travel operates in more than 90 countries on six continents, with US$14 billion in total sales and a combined worldwide workforce in excess of 13,000. BCD Travel is a BCD Holdings N.V. company. For more information,
visit www.bcdtravel.com 

About BCD Holdings N.V.
BCD Holdings N.V., a Dutch family-owned company founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen, is a market leader in the travel industry. The BCD Holdings' companies are: BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Park 'N Fly (off-airport parking), TRX (travel transaction processing and data integration services) and Airtrade (leisure travel). The company employs approximately 15,000 people and operates in more than 90 countries with total sales, including franchising, of US$15 billion.
For more information visit: www.bcd-nv.com

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Edelman for Amadeus Asia Pacific
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Email:amadeusapac@edelman.com


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