Posted on December 6, 2013
Posted By Gavin Hambrey, Head of Account Management – Corporate, Amadeus UK
The French Riviera is often described as a beautiful, hot, sunny, playground paradise. And so it is with its mixture of glorious beaches and gourmet restaurants. But the Cote d’Azur is also home to Sophia Antipolis – the “silicon valley of Europe” – and base to the Amadeus Marketing and Development centre, employing over 4,000 people and being the engine room for the brains of Amadeus Product Development and Innovation.
When this site was founded in the late 1980s by Amadeus (and as a nod to Air France as a founder airline of the Amadeus System) people around the world with an interest in travel technology must have thought to themselves that this can’t be a bad place to be. And right they were, as I found out when I worked there between 1999 and 2002.
Over the years since, I have been able to travel on a fairly frequent basis from our UK offices to the South of France, usually with customers in tow, and always with a sense of anticipation about what we might see. And I have never been disappointed!
I am just back from a three day trip to Sophia Antipolis, where we hosted a group of customers and showed them the future of Amadeus and of travel technology. It was great to meet and hear from people who really are driving the future, both in response to market developments and as our creativity and innovation allow.
Be it mobile technology, the power of search functionality, or the ability to call and report upon customer data through Business Intelligence, there is an enormous amount happening. There is a vibrancy and an energy that filters through and which drives customer and market behaviour right here in the UK.
If you are lucky enough to come and see us and to meet the teams on the Cote d’Azur you will learn an enormous amount about Amadeus and the industry. That journey starts right here at our new offices at Gatwick Airport. We would be thrilled to talk to you about the travel industry and our vision for the future, and to demonstrate how Amadeus is not simply a GDS – it’s a critical part of your business value chain and a business partner in it for the long run.
Posted on November 22, 2013
Posted By Diane Bouzebiba, Managing Director of Amadeus UK and Ireland In any industry, innovation is critical. It’s how we make progress. It’s how we transform and shape the world so that it best suits our needs. It’s how we succeed. The travel industry is no exception: innovation is what has given us the […]
Posted on November 21, 2013
Posted by Rob Sinclair-Barnes (Marketing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland) The travel experience doesn’t begin when a passenger steps aboard a plane or ship. It doesn’t even begin when a traveller walks into a travel agency or calls a hotel specialist or logs on to a website to book an itinerary. It begins in the […]
Posted on November 13, 2013
Posted by Rob Sinclair-Barnes (Marketing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland) Amadeus, in partnership with World travel Market, recently commissioned a report to unearth insight that will better connect travel sellers and providers with the changing needs of the 21st century traveller. The report was compiled following a series of in-depth industry expert-led roundtable discussions that […]
Posted on September 2, 2013
Posted by Rob Golledge (Head of Marketing Communications, Amadeus UK & Ireland) As part of our Business Travel Insights initiative in 2013, we surveyed more than four hundred UK and Irish frequent business travellers and discovered that convenience was the number one priority (62%), followed by cost (22%) and comfort (15%). Pose the same question […]
Posted on July 23, 2013
Posted by Rob Sinclair Barnes (Marketing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland) Travel is a passion of mine. As Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Travel gives us a new way of looking at the world and its peoples. Few would disagree […]
Posted on July 8, 2013
Posted by Rob Golledge (Head of Marketing Communications, Amadeus UK & Ireland) As if flying in business or first class isn’t rewarding enough, before you take a sip of that pre-take off Mimosa you can’t help yourself from rifling through the posh amenity kit. In premium cabins you actually have room to decant the bag […]
Posted on July 2, 2013
Posted by Rob Golledge (Head of Marketing Communications, Amadeus UK & Ireland) Sir Christopher Wren, famed architect of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, also designed the beautiful Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Although you may not have heard of what has been described as a ‘twin-domed riverside masterpiece’ you have probably seen it. That’s […]
Posted on June 18, 2013
Posted by Rob Sinclair Barnes (Marketing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland) With the Passenger Shipping Association figures showing over 1.8 million cruise passengers in 2012, cruise holidays are a crucial part of the travel economy in Britain. At Amadeus, we’re committed to doing everything we can to help our travel partners capitalise on the popularity […]
Posted on May 29, 2013
Amadeus UK has now moved to a new office situated right within the perimeter of Gatwick Airport, West Sussex (within walking distance of the South Terminal). Having spent the past 10 years based at the Web House in Crawley, where we created some lasting memories, developed world-beating smarter technology and nurtured lasting business relationships with […]