The Advantage Focus Partnership has selected Amadeus as its preferred technology partner until 2019.
The decision to extend an agreement which has run since 2013 followed an “extensive review” of the independent business travel group’s IT requirements,
The Focus Partnership review was conducted by a cross section of members who voted overwhelmingly to continue working with Amadeus.
A Focus tech panel ratified the decision having been reassured that Amadeus’ vision reflected those of its members in improving the business traveller experience of tomorrow.
Access to superior mobile solutions, online booking tools and traveller tracking capabilities were also important factors.
Head of Focus operations, Steve Murray, said: “The Focus Partnership congratulates Amadeus on their re-appointment which further strengthens our technology partner relationship.
“Although we cannot predict with accuracy what the future will look like, Amadeus’s NDC capabilities places the Focus Partnership in a strong position to be able to adapt at pace.”
Amadeus head of sales, Liz Emmott, said: “The Advantage Focus Partnership is the UK’s largest and most diverse independent travel agency group, and Amadeus is thrilled to have been chosen to provide its members with best-in-class travel technology.
“We are especially proud of the open dialogue that has developed between the two organisations, which is centred on delivering a better travel experience to Advantage Focus Partnership TMC customers.
“Change within the industry is happening at an incredible pace, however Amadeus’ leading investment in new technologies beyond the GDS, as well as our commitment to delivering what UK customers need, will ensure we play a vital role in fuelling Advantage Focus Partnership’s ongoing success.”