Thursday, March 31, 2011

Havanatur getting access to Amadeus booking platform

Havanatur getting access to Amadeus booking platform

The Argentinean subsidiary of Madrid-based Amadeus IT Holding S.A.
signed a long-term agreement with Cuban state tour operator Havantur,
the booking service provider said in a press release.

Under the agreement, Havanatur agents will have access to the Amadeus
Selling Platform, which is used by 90,000 travel agencies worldwide. The
online service allows users to make reservations with 436 airlines,
87,000 hotels, 103 railroads, 21 cruise lines, and 37,000 rent-a-car
agencies. Travel agents like the one-stop platform because it allows
fast price comparisons and efficient booking.

The Amadeus platform was started, and is part-owned, by European flag
carriers Air France, Lufthansa and Iberia.

The agreement, signed in Havana by Havanatur Vice President Leonel Luis
Guillot and Amadeus Senior Adviser Felipe González-Abad, is the first
cooperation with a global booking services provider by a Cuban tour
operator. Amadeus already provides booking services to flag carrier
Cubana de Aviación and to state hotel chains Cubanacan, Gran Caribe and

Amadeus has also donated a computer lab and access to the system for
students and teachers of the Tourism Faculty at the Universidad de La

Amadeus opened an office at the Miramar Trade Center in Havana in
February 2009.

Grupo Internacional de Turoperadores y Agencias de Viajes Havanatur S.A.
sells Cuba travel packages through 50 agencies in Argentina, Bahamas,
Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Russia and United
Kingdom, among others.

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