Amadeus and the World Tourism Organisation sign a collaboration agreement
11/30/2007|10:10:00 AM|Forimmediaterelease
November 28, 2007: They will share relevant statistical information in the areas of tourism flow measurement and forecast preparation.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations agency for sustainable tourism and the leading international organization in the field of tourism, has signed a collaboration agreement with Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, aimed at the development of joint initiatives in relation to studies and analyses of the tourism sector at a global level. The agreement was announced at the UNWTO’s General Assembly which took place in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).

Through this agreement, the UNWTO and Amadeus will jointly take advantage of the statistical information that Amadeus possesses on travel bookings categorised by main origin and destination locations. In this way, Amadeus will actively participate in the programmes that the Secretariat of Affiliated Members develops jointly with other UNWTO departments in areas such as measuring the flow of tourists - a priority in the Central American region - and drawing up tourism forecasts - in coordination with the Department of Market Trends - as well as in the area of international cooperation in the Americas.

The statistical information provided by Amadeus will be included in publications drawn up and used by different UNWTO departments, and they will also collaborate when carrying out specific studies about forecasts for regions and countries in accordance with the needs of the organisation and its members. Similarly, Amadeus will participate in seminars and conferences organised by the UNWTO to support the dissemination of statistical information and highlight the collaboration.

The UNWTO is in charge of collecting, analysing, publishing, standardising and improving tourism statistics and promoting their integration into the United Nations system. Its Secretariat for Affiliated Members supports all of the initiatives designed to strengthen the organisation’s work programme through its members, especially in the area of awareness of and access to up-do-date and reliable information on the evolution of tourism.

Among their objectives is the promotion and development of tourism with the aim of contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and universal respect, the observance of human rights and universal freedom.

Recently, the UNWTO awarded José Antonio Tazón, President and CEO of Amadeus IT Group, a plaque for business merit in recognition of his career at the helm of the company.