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etc group partners with Amadeus to offer corporate clients easy online booking

etc group, a full-service meeting and travel management company, has partnered with Amadeus to provide its corporate travel clients with etc online, a new online travel booking solution built on Amadeus e-Travel Management (Aergo) technology.

MIAMI, 16 January, 2006 –etc group, a full-service meeting and travel management company, has partnered with Amadeus to provide its corporate travel clients with etc online, a new online travel booking solution built on Amadeus e-Travel Management (Aergo) technology. Amadeus will be the exclusive provider of online booking technology for all of etc group’s corporate customers.

etc online allows travelers 24/7 access to real-time travel information, and access to both company preferred airline carriers and web fares, all in one easy click. With etc online, travelers can quickly search for air, car and hotel reservations, while adhering to corporate travel policy.

“We selected Amadeus for its ability to provide advanced technology – bringing speed, usability and reliability to our corporate customers,” said Debbie Frazier, president of etc group. “We are migrating 100 percent of our corporate customer sites to the new etc online platform. We believe the new offering will save our customers time and money, and as a result, will dramatically simplify their corporate travel programs.”

“This partnership reinforces both Amadeus’ and etc group’s commitment to providing advanced technology solutions that address the unique needs of today’s corporate customer,” said Scott Gutz, senior vice president of e-commerce for Amadeus North America. “Amadeus technology solutions satisfy the demands of the most savvy corporate customers, and by partnering with us, travel agencies like etc group can reduce costs and invest their resources where it matters most –providing service to their customers.”

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Notes to the editors:

Amadeus
Amadeus is the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers, and buyers of travel. Amadeus provides distribution, IT and points of sale solutions that 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 and insurance companies, tour operators), travel sellers (travel agencies) and travel buyers (corporations and travelers). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consultancy.

The company - jointly owned by BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa - has over 6,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. For the six months ended 30 June 2005, Amadeus reported revenues of €1,226.1m and net income of €154.2m.

Solutions for Corporations
In e-commerce, Amadeus is the global leader in online travel technology and corporate travel management solutions. It services travel agencies in 90 countries, and powers the websites of over 300 corporations and more than 70 airlines and hotels. Amadeus e-Travel Management (Aergo) is an online travel booking solution to help corporations manage their travel policy more efficiently. Both Amadeus and its partners enable corporations to integrate all the elements of their global travel programs, into one easy-to-use and easy-to-administrate solution. Customers include BASF, BMC Software, Cemex, Daimler Chrysler, Ericsson, Oracle, Siam Cement and Telecom Italia.

etc group
In 1989, etc group began as a small corporate travel agency. Sixteen years later, etc group has grown and flourished into a full service meeting, travel and promotional advertising company run by a meticulous and motivated staff of experienced professionals. As a result, etc group is now one of the top privately owned agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As a privately held woman owned business, etc group has tripled in size by providing high quality, cost effective service tailor-made to each individual client’s needs.  By doing so, we have earned recognition as one of the “Largest Tarrant County Minority-Owned Businesses” in the August 2005 edition of the Fort Worth Business Press.

Contact details:
Nicole Lowe
CRT/tanaka
Tel: 212-229-0500 ext. 236
nlowe@ptanaka.com
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