Madrid, 27 April 2006: Amadeus, global technology partner to the travel and tourism industry, has released the latest version of Amadeus e-Travel Management solution for corporations. New functionalities in the online booking solution satisfy the often conflicting demands of ever-tighter travel policy compliance from travel managers and greater flexibility from travellers.
"Simultaneously addressing the needs of all those concerned in corporate travel is often overlooked by corporate self-booking solutions. These tend to focus on the requirements of one party only. Amadeus e-Travel Management tackles these seemingly contradictory demands and ensures companies maximise compliance with their travel policy while, at the same time, allowing travellers to make flexible and easy travel arrangements,” commented Jérôme Destors, Director, e-Travel, the e-commerce division of Amadeus.
Enhanced travel policy management gives more flexibility and tighter control
New features in the solution enable the travel manager to easily define the corporate travel policy in more detail than ever. This means greater control on costs while adding more flexibility to the booking process. For example, the travel manager can now allow mixed combinations of economy and business class on the same trip, finetune the approval process by enforcing approval for specific routes, or propose the lowest multiple negotiated fares. In addition, with e-Direct Connect for cars, the travel manager can easily configure direct connections to car providers, making the reservation transparent to the traveller.
Flexibility for the traveller leads to greater adoption
For travellers, Amadeus e-Travel Management makes looking and booking easy, while granting the maximum flexibility allowed by the travel policy. Experience proves that a user-friendly solution leads to higher adoption rates. For example, a new patent pending feature – FareAnalyzer - allows travellers to easily search and compare hundreds of flight options in a simple and fast dynamic display. Back-up carriers can now be promoted in case of no availability from preferred carriers, thus avoiding a frustrating booking experience for the traveller and costly calls to the travel agency.
“By continually enhancing Amadeus e-Travel Management we are simplifying the traveller’s booking experience as well as helping the travel managers maximise the value of their online travel programme,” concluded Jérôme Destors.
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 travellers). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consulting.
The company - jointly owned by BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa - has over 6,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. In 2005 Amadeus reported revenues of EUR2,418.3m.
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 1,000 corporations and more than 70 airlines and hotels. Amadeus e-Travel Management 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 programmes, into one easy-to-use and easy-to-administrate solution. Customers include Altria, Cemex, Daimler Chrysler, Ericsson, Nestlé, Total, Thales, Oracle and Siemens.
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