Wednesday, May 13, 2009 [ manilatimes.net ]
Amadeus Philippines, an information technology (IT) solutions provider to the tourism industry, has recently signed up two hotel resorts into its platform.
In a statement, Albert Villadolid, Amadeus Philippines general manager, said the company forged long-term agreements with Anvia Cove Beach and Nature Club in Subic and Club Balai Isabel in Batangas.
“Even during a time of financial crisis, there remain a lot of opportunities. We see a lot of potential in the hotel IT solutions business. This is part of our expansion of services in the country and an affirmation of our confidence in the Philippine tourism industry,” Villadolid said.
Amadeus Philippines said these two projects have a combined capacity of about 300 rooms.
The executive said the company targets to sign up about 10 more hotels this year.
“We will be aggressively offering this service to hotels and resorts this year. We have set our target at 2,000 rooms,” he said.
Amadeus Philippines also said it partnered with Courtesy Point in selling hotel IT solutions in the country. The company will also forge partnerships with leading colleges and universities in the country that offer hotel and restaurant management and tourism courses.
The company is already in talks with two schools, Villadolid said.
Amadeus Philippines will grant monetary and technical assistance to schools that offer high-level hotel and restaurant management and tourism courses.
“We have the leading platform in the tourism industry. Students who graduate with experience and knowledge in using the Amadeus system will have an advantage as they could find work anywhere in the world,” Villadolid said.
Amadeus currently provides hotel IT solutions to about 70 hotels in Asia and it is the solutions provider of about 70 percent of around 3,000 travel agencies nationwide, as well as of most domestic and international airlines that pass through Philippine routes.-- Ben Arnold O. de Vera