The projects under the Amadeus knowledge and skills transfer programme also continued to grow in 2012, providing much needed skills and insight into the world of travel, to graduates and industry professionals in 23 countries. The professional skills training projects aim to bridge the gap between mainstream academia and real-life business needs – with courses ranging from travel reservation, general business management down to basic IT skills. Amadeus Tourism Observatory projects are also providing useful insight on tourism traffic flows to ministries of tourism in Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay and Chile.
To facilitate higher learning for students from underprivileged backgrounds, Amadeus staff also participated in sports for charity events. A notable example of this was the Bangkok Post Marathon where 130 staff in Bangkok participated to raise funds for university grants for students in need.
In relation to the knowledge and skills transfer projects, demand for Amadeus PC donations also continued to grow to facilitate online training and establishment of computer labs in schools. More than 250 computers were donated to set up computerised classrooms in various countries, including Jordan, Ukraine, Germany, France, China, Malaysia, Cuba, Philippines, Panama and Tanzania.