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Thomas Cook and Amadeus strike a 5 year global distribution deal

Renewal agreement includes 5 additional Thomas Cook markets

New Delhi, August 31, 2010: Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and Thomas Cook Group plc, one of the world's leading travel groups, today announced a global distribution agreement extension for another five years.

The addition of five new markets – India, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – brings to 14 the list of countries where both companies work together. The full list includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Poland. The migration of the new markets to Amadeus is due to be completed by the end of 2010.

"We are delighted that Thomas Cook, one of the world's largest travel groups, has decided to renew and expand their relationship with Amadeus", commented Mr. Philippe Chérèque, Executive Vice President, Commercial Amadeus. "The addition of important markets such as India, Finland and the Scandinavian countries to our on-going relationship speaks of the trustful partnership between the two companies."

Mr. Rakshit Desai, Executive Director - Travel Services, Thomas Cook India says, "We welcome Amadeus as one of our key partners.  The constant evolution of new business solutions will help enhance value to our wide base of customers." 

"It has been our endeavor to provide the widest array of services and solutions to our partners. We are delighted that Thomas Cook has expanded their relationship with Amadeus in India", said Mr. Rakesh Bansal, CEO, Amadeus India. "Partnerships such as these are an important step for constantly innovating and developing new unique solutions catering to the demand from our customers and partners", he added.

Mr. Suraj Nair, AVP - Planning and Strategy, Corporate Travel Thomas Cook India says, "Thomas Cook India has entered into a partnership with Amadeus India Private Ltd and has migrated to the Amadeus platform. At Thomas Cook, We believe in transforming travel fulfillment and are confident that Amadeus platform will help us achieve the same. Thomas Cook uses the web services platform for their corporate travel customers, wherein the scale and complexity are immense. This partnership would allow us to further convergence of content and seamless fulfillment."


Notes to editors

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited

Thomas Cook is the largest integrated Travel and Travel related Financial Services Company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services that include Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, and Insurance. The Company has been in India for 129 years providing world-class travel service. TCIL has the largest network with 180 locations in 72 cities. For more information, please visit www.thomascook.in

About Thomas Cook Group plc.

Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world's leading travel groups with sales of £9.3 billion and 22.1 million customers. The Group operates under five geographical segments in 21 countries, and is number one or two in all its core markets. Their business is supported by 31,000 employees, a fleet of 94 aircraft and a network of over 3,400 owned and franchised travel stores.

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 200 cities across India including in Bangladesh, Nepal and Colombo with over 42,000 terminal installations in more than 13,000 travel agencies.

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

Contact details:

Amadeus India
Corporate Communications                
Ms. Ritu Bararia    
Tel: +91 11 30613300
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Email:rbararia@amadeus.co.in

Six Degrees Public Relations
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Email: nehav@sixdegreespr.co.in

Stuti Singh
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e-mail: stutis@sixdegreespr.co.in


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