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Amadeus Australia delivers technology interface for

Sydney 7 May 2003: Amadeus Australia and the Contal Travel Group have entered into a new technology agreement, whereby Amadeus provides the connectivity for, a division of the Contal Travel Group which is leading the way in the provision of comprehensive and convenient online travel solutions. In effect, this agreement allows travellers to have access to up to the minute seat availability at the best possible airfare. is a booking engine that allows travellers to easily and efficiently book flights, accommodation, tours, car hire and travel insurance throughout Australia. "Built using the Amadeus Application Programming Interface (API), uses an XML interface to communicate with the Amadeus Reservation System and is capable of delivering airline related schedule, fare, availability and advance booking functionality," commented Mr Paul Martin, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Amadeus Australia.

Mr Peter Biedak, Director of Contal Information Technology said " is a solution that allows customers to evaluate all options interactively and make an informed decision to buy online, quickly and simply. We chose to develop this product with Amadeus as their unique Application Programming Interface (API) allowed us to develop and build a customised application that transparently accesses the Amadeus system."

" utilises a Client Management Database, allowing travellers to store personal preferences such as preferred airlines and loyalty memberships. All this information can be seamlessly transferred to the traveller's reservation, saving time and improving accuracy," concluded Mr Biedak.


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Amadeus Global Travel Distribution (MAD: AMS)

Amadeus is the leading global distribution system (GDS) and technology provider, serving the marketing, sales and distribution needs of the world's travel and tourism industries.

Its comprehensive GDS data processing centre serves 61,870 travel agency locations and more than 10,520 airline sales offices, which together total more than 269,900 points of sale located in over 200 markets worldwide. Through the Amadeus GDS, travel agencies and airline offices are able to make bookings with 467 airlines, representing more than 95 per cent of the world's scheduled airline seats. The system also provides access to 61,560 hotels, 48 car rental companies serving some 24,400 locations, and other provider groups including: ferry; rail; cruise; insurance and tour operators.

Amadeus is a leading application service provider (ASP) to the airline industry. 131 airlines use the Amadeus Sales System in their offices to provide passengers with superior and seamless service at optimal cost. Amadeus's new generation of Passenger Service Systems, which include all IT systems associated with inventory management and departure control, will be implemented by British Airways, Qantas and Finnair.

e-Travel, Amadeus's e-commerce business unit, is global leader in online travel technology and corporate travel management solutions. It powers the Web pages of 887 travel agencies, 255 corporate sites, 18 hotel sites and 139 web sites serving 50 airlines.

Amadeus is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and quoted on the Madrid, Paris and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For the year ended 31 December 2002, the company reported revenues of EUR 1856m and net income of EUR 148.6m. The Amadeus data centre is in Erding (near Munich), Germany and its principal development offices are located in Sophia Antipolis (near Nice), France. The company has over 4,400 employees worldwide.

Amadeus Australia and Amadeus New Zealand Amadeus is one of the largest travel technology providers in Australia and New Zealand. Amadeus Australia and Amadeus New Zealand offer integrated end to end travel technology systems using a combination of products including the Amadeus Global Distribution System (GDS) and the Moneydirect® financial payment system.

For further information please contact:

Bill Lawler
Chief Executive Officer
Amadeus Australia and Amadeus New Zealand
Ph: +612 9903 3922 Fax: +612 9903 3900

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Contal Travel Group

Contal Travel Group is an Australian owned company providing premier travel services to the community for nearly 20 years. As a registered AFTA agent, you can be assured of a team which has the travel expertise and industry experience to provide you professional service and advice.