Pomp and colour marked the inaugural Amadeus Travel Live Space Awards held on 8th November 2018 at a Nairobi hotel to recognize and appreciate travel agents for their performance and support during the year.
The Chief Guest at the event was the newly appointed Senior Vice President for Africa and Middle East Mr. Antoine Medawar who together with Managing Director Mathieu Dutrisac, presented the various awards.
Amadeus is a Global Distribution Systems Company that is now evolving to becoming a Live Travel Space. It targets to achieve this by being able to connect and address the desires of travellers with multiple options at any given time, for an unparalleled travel experience
Speaking at the event, Mr. Antoine said ‘The Live Travel Space is the new present, and we welcome all players to join. We are facilitating conversations in the industry, connecting technologies, and unlocking new opportunities to make travel more rewarding. Our customers are at the heart of this and the Live Travel Community will help us do this to an even greater degree as we work to help them grow’
A presentation made at the event explained the company’s decision for evolving from a purely GDS company into a Live Travel Space by:
Being open which is both a reflection of the attitude of its people and also a blueprint for how it builds its technology and services.
Being dynamic by making effort to keep up with the highly volatile technology through innovation
Being connected while appreciating that driving change requires complex businesses, requires intelligence, knowledge, investment, and reach, Amadeus is committed to meeting the customer wants.
In his address at the event, the KATA CEO, Mr. Nicanor Sabula appreciated Amadeus for their efforts to impact the industry through becoming a Travel Live Space. He urged travel agents to invest in innovative technology that will enable them to survive in the highly dynamic tech-world. ‘In a travel world that is changing at a neck breaking speed, It is time for travel agents to begin a conversation on how best to describe themselves since the services they offer to clients are far beyond just being agents. In other markets travel agents have rebranded to professional travel advisors,” said Mr. Sabula.
All invited agencies, Industry partners, airlines and KATA were recognized with a certificate of appreciation.
The Awardees categorised in different classes were awarded according to their commercial performance and performance in the use of various Amadeus Solutions.
Below is the list of awardees and the categories of awards.
Commercial Performance categories
Highest Producer Award – Micro SME - Taipan Vacations & Travel
Highest Producer Award – SME Account - Travelshoppe Limited
Highest Producer Award – Large Account - Muthaiga Travel Ltd.
Most Improved Award – Micro SME - Portman Travel Limited
Most Improved Award – Micro SME - Kaylan Tours and Travel Ltd.
Most Improved Award – SME Account - Zijing Great Wall (K) Travel
Most Improved Award – Large Account - African Touch Safaris
Solutions Performance categories
New Business Award - Whisked Away Travels Ltd.
Shape Master Award - Holiday Bazaar
Non Air Expert Award - Muthaiga Travel
Trailblazer Award - Timeless Travel
Techie Award - Travelshoppe Limited
ICT Excellence Award - Muthaiga Travel
Eco Warrior Award - Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel
Compliance Award - Incentive Travel
Amadeus Shujaa - Vincent Kimani
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