Madrid & Paris, May 24, 2006. Amadeus, the leading travel technology provider, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the world’s second-largest business travel management company, have signed an agreement certifying CWT as a global reseller of Amadeus e-Travel Management, the most widely deployed online booking solution for global managed travel.
Reflecting the longstanding relationship between the two companies in servicing mutual clients, such as Nestlé and Thales, this global reseller agreement also demonstrates CWT’s commitment to offer clients worldwide flexibility when selecting an online booking system. In addition, it reinforces CWT’s pledge to be a leading-edge systems integrator for a range of best-in-class technology solutions. To that end, Amadeus e-Travel Management will complement CWT’s proprietary online booking tool CWT Horizon, which is available in the United States and Canada.
Thanks to its quick and easy booking process, Amadeus e-Travel Management can help drive online adoption, increase program compliance and reduce total travel spend. Available in 12 languages, the global platform is easily adapted to local needs and connects to multiple global distribution systems for air, car and hotel reservations, while linking to key national railway systems and low-cost carriers. Its low fare search capabilities ensure corporate travelers have a wide choice of travel options.
CWT clients benefit from the seamless integration of Amadeus e-Travel Management with proprietary CWT applications, including the CWT Travel Portal; CWT Portrait, the company’s profile management tool; and CWT Harp, CWT’s centralized hotel database. By dealing directly with CWT, clients who choose Amadeus e-Travel Management will also enjoy the benefits of working with a single contact, as well as preferential pricing.
Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer of CWT, said, “Companies can save up to 10 percent of their total travel budget by adopting online booking. Teaming up with Amadeus reflects our commitment to deliver great value to our clients by being the most effective travel management consulting company and integrator of leading-edge technology solutions. To that end, CWT’s expertise in online implementation and optimization, coupled with the reliability and ease of use of an online booking tool like Amadeus e-Travel Management, allow us to drive rapid online adoption on behalf of our clients.” Mr. Joly also highlighted the importance of providing complementary online and full-service capabilities. “Amadeus’ global technology offering allows us to do just that,” he said.
“As a leading player in the business travel world, CWT has driven the online booking trend in a most significant way,” said Ian Wheeler, Vice President of Marketing for Amadeus. The benefits of online business travel management are most clearly felt when the technology is closely integrated with professional travel management services. With this new agreement, CWT can continue to offer seamless travel management programs on top of Amadeus’ online booking technology.”
About Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Carlson Wagonlit Travel is a world leader in business travel management, partnering with large corporations, small and medium-sized companies, and government institutions. CWT designs and implements superior travel management programs for clients based upon its recognized consulting expertise, strong purchasing power, technological strength and consistent delivery of high-quality service. CWT has operations in more than 150 countries and services 60 of the world’s 100 largest companies. Annual sales of $22 billion are generated under the Carlson Wagonlit Travel brand.
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Amadeus Solutions for Corporations
In e-commerce, Amadeus is the global leader in online travel technology and corporate travel management solutions. Its online solutions service travel agencies in 90 countries, and power 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.
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