Travel Management Competency is established to kick-off development efforts
Lotus Development Corporation and Amadeus, a leading information technology company serving the global travel and tourism industry, today announced an alliance designed to develop and market solutions for the growing need in businesses to manage and control travel expenditure.
Marking the first step in this agreement, Lotus and Amadeus have established the Travel Management Competency Centre in Sophia Antipolis, France. The Centre, staffed by development, design and marketing professionals from Lotus and Amadeus, will create integrated corporate travel management solutions, operating on Lotus messaging and collaboration systems and tailored to a company’s size and need.
Under the terms of this agreement, Amadeus will provide its travel management technology and expertise in the global travel industry geared toward large and medium-sized enterprises. Lotus will supply its expertise in the design and deployment of enterprise workflow systems, already found in many of such organisations.
“As we evaluated customers’ needs for travel services within the Lotus environment, our respective industry-leading technologies will provide organisations with an end-to-end solution in corporate travel management,” said Fritz Fleischmann, General Manager & Vice-President, Lotus Europe, Middle East & Africa, “This is an excellent opportunity to broaden the range of solutions that we can offer our customers and business partners.”
“Travel is typically a company’s third highest manageable expense, and increasingly both corporations and their travel agencies are seeking new ways to reduce costs and enhance the way they manage travel,” commented Philippe Chérèque, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Amadeus.
“Through our cooperation with Lotus we have identified an excellent opportunity to meet the requirements of business travellers, corporations and their travel agencies by developing an easy-to-use integrated travel management solution.”
Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. The worldwide leader in messaging solutions, Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products and services that reflect the company’s unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting the world’s ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct and extensive Business Partner channels. The company also provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Professional Services organisation.
Lotus’ Domino Server Family is an integrated messaging and Web application software platform for growing companies that need to improve customer responsiveness and streamlines business processes. The only solution built on an open, unified architecture, Domino offers organisations a complete solution for all their messaging requirements; from basic email to collaborative Web applications. Domino is trusted by the world’s leading companies to deliver secure communication, collaboration and business applications. For more information, visit www.lotus.com/domino.
Amadeus is a leading global distribution system (GDS) and technology provider serving the marketing, sales and distribution needs of the world’s travel and tourism industries. Worldwide, Amadeus is chosen by more travel agency locations, receives more billable bookings and processes more international travel reservations than any other GDS. Its comprehensive data network and database, amongst the largest of their kind in Europe, serve over 48,400 travel agency locations and some 8,200 airline sales offices worldwide.
Through the Amadeus system, travel agencies and airline offices are able to make bookings with over 500 airlines, representing more than 95 per cent of the world’s scheduled airline seats. The system also provides access to over 51,000 hotels, 48 car rental companies serving 23,500 locations, as well as serving newer provider groups, including ferry, rail, cruise, insurance and tour operators.
Amadeus is a significant provider of information technology and an enabler of e-commerce for the travel industry. Amadeus also delivers the powerful booking engine behind the web pages of more than 3,000 travel agencies, and around 90 Web sites serving 28 airlines. Additionally, it provides similar e-commerce solutions for partners including BTopenworld (UK and Ireland), Gruppo L’Espresso (Italy) and Terra Lycos (Spain, Portugal and Latin America).
Founded in 1987, and fully operational from 1992, Amadeus is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Its data centre is in Erding (near Munich), Germany and its development offices are located in Sophia Antipolis (near Nice), France. The company has some 3,000 employees worldwide.