IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka Honours ANKUR BHATIA

New Delhi, October 07, 2010: Ankur Bhatia, Director, Amadeus India has received an Exceptional Individual Award in recognition for his valuable and outstanding contribution to the travel industry at the first ever IATA Agents Legend Awards held in Sri Lanka. The awards were  aimed to honor individuals whose outstanding contribution to the travel industry has played a significant role in the success of the industry. 

The glittering IATA Agents Legends Awards were held at Hotel Ramada, Colombo on 1st of October, 2010. The function was presided over by the president Elect – IATA Association of Sri Lanka & Chairman Managing Director of Superlink Travels (Pvt) Ltd. – Mr. Rodney Koelmeyer, together with Vice President of IATA Association of Sri Lanka & Managing Director of Atlas Lanka – Mr. S Paramanathan and the Council Members.
The chief guest at this ceremony was His Lordship the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka – Mr. Asoka De Silva, together with distinguished personalities from the tourism industry – Director General of Civil Aviation – Sri Lanka Tourism and other prominent personalities representing the Industry. All the leading IATA agency Chairmen & Managing Directors graced this occasion.
"Winning this award is an honour for us and confirms Amadeus as the technology partner of choice for the travel industry in Sri Lanka", said Ankur Bhatia, Director - Amadeus India Subcontinent. "Our team has worked very hard to deliver leading-edge technology, service and solutions to help our customer manager their business more efficiently."  

"This accolade is not about me but a tribute to all the staff, past and present, who have made Amadeus India a tremendous success for the past 16 years", Ankur added.

Speaking at the event, President Elect, IATA Association Sri Lanka said "Amadeus is the pioneer travel technology provider in Sri Lanka, and its tie up with the Sri Lankan tourism further highlights the group's constant endeavor to reach out to a vast diversity of travel industries and offer cutting-edge solutions to its business partners."

Notes to editors

About IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka

The IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka was founded in 1988 with an initial membership of 12 Travel Agents accredited by the International Air Transportation Association. It has grown over the past 12 years into an entity of high repute, accepted for its reliability and standards by travelers, at home and across the world. The association derives its strength primarily from its membership of 80 top Travel Agencies Located within the commercial hubs of Sri Lanka. This is a grouping of professionals dedicated to offering their customers the best service standards possible, on par with the highest and most advanced international standards. 

A continuous commitment to adopting themselves to Sri Lankan expectations also contributes to the position they now enjoy as market leaders. The Associations Council directs its activities in a wide field, concentrating on uplifting the standards of the Industry together with its main business partners. The membership of the IATA - AASL is clearly a head in Outbound Travel Services where critical parameters of paramount importance have to be set, and when innovative solutions together with sophisticated technology must be deployed

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.

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