Amadeus, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and technology provider to the travel industry, announced today the appointment of Bill Barnes Amadeus UK’s Director of Sales.
Bill is currently the Head of Amadeus Tours UK and within this role has been instrumental in developing the company’s leisure platform through its relationship with Comtec. Bill brings a wealth of experience to the Sales Director role, which has been gained, from his 20 years in the travel industry.
Having grown it’s market share within the UK by more than 300 percent over the past three years, Amadeus continues to be the fastest growing GDS Within this market. In addition to the strong growth that Amadeus has shown in the UK, the company has also maintained a client retention rate of more than 98 percent during the year-to-date.
Arnaud Debuchy, managing director of Amadeus UK said, “Bill’s appointment is an acknowledgement of the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has gained from working within the travel industry. Already a well respected member of the Amadeus team and within the wider travel community, Bill is ideally placed to spearhead our ambitious growth plans within the UK market.”
Bill Barnes, Director of Sales for Amadeus UK, added “The travel Landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. This has meant that the industry has had to evolve and it is very much a case of survival of the fittest. At Amadeus we have always worked hand-in-hand with the industry to develop solutions that meet the needs of our clients not only for today, but also for tomorrow. I look forward to leading our UK sales team as we continue to take our innovative solutions to the travel agent community and build our market share in the UK.”
Bill has taken over the role of Director of Sales at Amadeus UK from Peter Cacioppo.