Amadeus Launches New Distributor in Bahrain
Amadeus has announced that it will be repositioning its offerings in Bahrain by transitioning its local customers to a new distributor entity under the name of Amadeus Bahrain. The new company will be the exclusive distributor of Amadeus solutions throughout the Kingdom, providing local airlines, airports, hotels, travel agencies, and other travel players with access to the full breadth of Amadeus technology.
Travel companies in Bahrain had previously worked directly with Amadeus Gulf, which is a regional joint venture that continues overseeing the company’s operations in the UAE and Oman.
The new Amadeus Bahrain entity will be headed by longtime industry veteran and Bahrain resident Daniel Naoumovitch, who joins in the capacity of Managing Director. Additional Amadeus support staff will transfer to the new entity, with all Amadeus contracts in Bahrain remaining unchanged and assigned to the new entity, ensuring a seamless transition of operations.
Antoine Medawar, SVP Retail Middle East and Africa: “We are fully committed to the high standards of service and support that Amadeus is known for, and believe this move will enable us to enhance those offerings in the future.”
Bahrain’s tourism industry is booming as the Kingdom expects to welcome 15 million annual visitors by 2020 – equivalent to roughly nine times the Kingdom’s population. The sector also accounts for approximately 9.7% of the country’s GDP, with tourism revenues projected to top $1 billion by 2020, according to recent figures from the Bahrain Economic Development Board.
Daniel Naoumovitch, Managing Director, added: “I am thrilled to be part of the Amadeus family and the new organization being established in Bahrain. We look forward to energizing Bahrain's rapidly expanding travel industry by capitalizing on Amadeus' state of the art technology and unparalleled partner network.”
Graham Nichols, Managing Director of Amadeus Gulf, said: “We are thankful to all our customers in Bahrain over the years, and have full confidence that Amadeus Bahrain will be a valued partner in their business growth. With a strong understanding for the market in the Kingdom, Naoumovitch is the ideal choice to lead the business in Bahrain.”
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