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A leading technology player in the global travel industry recently announced an innovative new piece of software that is certain to disrupt the industry. Amadeus has announced 'Amadeus for Startups', a new program that is, as the name would suggest, aimed at travel startups in the North American continent.

AMADEUS PROVIDES TRAVEL STARTUPS PALETTE

The aim of Amadeus for Startups is to equip North American travel companies with market-leading technology, expertise and consultative support, strengthening their position in the complex contemporary travel industry. Launching the service, Alix Argüelles, Vice President Online Travel Group, Amadeus North America, stated that Amadeus recognised that travel Startups often face distinctive challenges in establishing and growing their business. Amadeus intends to occupy a distinctive niche is this regard and assist travel companies with the tricky early days of their existence.

Amadeus for Startups is taking advantage of diverse communities in order to offer travel startups a completely new package of information. With the intention of aligning technology, investments and academic partnerships, Amadeus will ultimately offer a simplified and affordable consultancy partnership that will assist travel startups in their embryonic steps.

As the world's leading supplier of IT solutions that enable success in the travel and tourism industry, Amadeus is certainly well placed to offer startups guidance in this field. Amadeus intends to bring his extensive industry knowledge to the table as launches Amadeus for Startups, and can offer new travel companies a wealth of advice.

SOLID TRACK RECORD

Amadeus already has an extremely solid track record of working with a wide variety of online companies, and will deliver state of the art technology, to help provide superior services and unparalleled travel expertise. The company will be particularly helpful in enabling startups to streamline their processes, thus enhancing and accelerating their ability to succeed in a hugely competitive travel marketplace.

In order to ensure that Amadeus maximises the services that it can offer to travel startups, the company has also partnered with a leading incubator provider. Travel Startups Incubator is a team of veteran travel entrepreneurs, startup advisors and mentors dedicated to investing in the world’s most talented travel entrepreneurs and early seed-stage travel technology ideas.

This innovative company funds early-stage travel startups and entrepreneurs, and also provides a unique private network that enables young travel industry companies to connect with a panel of experienced advisors, mentors, partners and investors.

The alliance between the two companies will enable this new initiative to provide a wide range of exciting travel industry-related opportunities. This will include the prospect of new entrepreneurs in the travel niche participating in industry training workshops, startup bootcamps and educational seminars that will be co-hosted by the two organisations.

Amadeus for Startups is intended to tap into the creativity that new business owners often embody, and enhance the quality of their ideas to provide inspirational business models. Partnering with the Travel Startups Incubator will enable this program to foster innovation and longer-term relationships with a wide range of startup participants from within the travel industry. It is thought that the initiative will particularly appeal to those businesses looking to establish an enhanced online footprint, with success over a longer timeframe in mind.

The Amadeus for Startups program is also offering customer support, account management, and technical operation sales advice. It is hoped that this will help to particularly optimise the solutions delivered by startups, and enable them to excel in a travel industry that is often dominated by large corporations.

Matt Zito, Co-Managing Partner, Travel Startups Incubator, has already spoken on his excitement about the ability of this new initiative to provide support to travel ecosystems, and hopes that this partnership will help inspire travel businesses as they begin their journey in the industry.

TEAM OF CONSULTANTS

From day one, the incubator will have access to Amadeus’ advisors, mentors, consulting services and IT technology. This will enable this new initiative to provide expert guidance to starters, particularly enabling them to acquire customers, and turn existing traffic into sales, retain customers, and personalise sites in order to provide exciting, innovative and unique customer experiences.

Amadeus believes this this will be a partnership that will achieve a huge amount in the foreseeable future, and one that can help relatively inexperienced travel companies to evolve in what is and ever-changing industry. The partnership between Amadeus and Travel Startups Incubator will help shape the future of travel by connecting businesses with vital resources that help move companies forward.

More information about joining the Amadeus for Startups program is available online.

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