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José Antonio Tazón, President of Amadeus, distinguished with WTO Plaque for Merit in Business

The World Tourism Organisation, the United Nations agency for sustainable tourism and the leading international organization in the field of tourism, has awarded José Antonio Tazón, President and CEO of Amadeus IT Group S.A., its Plaque for Merit in Business "to recognise his professional career at the helm of the company, a leading player in the travel services distribution industry". Francesco Frangialli, Secretary General of the WTO, handed over the award at an official event held in the WTO Madrid head offices on 19 November.

Madrid, 20 November 2007: The World Tourism Organisation, the United Nations agency for sustainable tourism and the leading international organization in the field of tourism, has awarded Jos‚ Antonio Tazón, President and CEO of Amadeus IT Group S.A., its Plaque for Merit in Business "to recognise his professional career at the helm of the company, a leading player in the travel services distribution industry". Francesco Frangialli, Secretary General of the WTO, handed over the award at an official event held in the WTO Madrid head offices on 19 November.


The recognition is in response to the WTO and its Affiliate Members Office's willingness to "honour Mr. Tazón's brilliant track record serving the global tourism industry and encouraging other members of the business community to follow his example".

Jos‚ Antonio Tazón joined Amadeus in 1987, during the early days of the company. Since his appointment as President and CEO in 1990, Tazón has steered Amadeus' development and over fifteen years he has successfully positioned the company as one of the leading technology providers for the travel industry and a leading global distribution system (GDS), with operations in over 215 markets.

Throughout his career, Jos‚ Antonio Tazón has been actively involved in the main industry associations. Notable memberships include: Exceltur – since the creation of the Spanish alliance for excellence in tourism in 2002; the British Travel Industry's Hall of Fame; and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which brings together leading figures in the global travel and tourism industry.

The Spanish Ministry for Tourism recently awarded Mr. Tazón the Medal for Merit in Tourism in the International category.

Notes to editors

Amadeus is the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers, and buyers of travel. The company provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions to help its customers adapt, grow and succeed in the fast changing travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (airlines, hotels, car rental companies, railway companies, ferry lines, cruise lines, insurance companies and tour operators), travel sellers (travel agencies) and travel buyers (corporations and travellers). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consultancy.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations in 76 countries covering more than 215 markets.

The company is majority owned by WAM Acquisition, whose shareholders are BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. Amadeus employs over 7,600 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. Amadeus' revenue for the twelve months ended 31 December 2006 was €2,683 million.

For more information visit www.amadeus.com

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT) is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.

UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the interests of developing countries.

The Organization encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, with a view to ensuring that member countries, tourist destinations and businesses maximize the positive economic, social and cultural effects of tourism and fully reap its benefits, while minimizing its negative social and environmental impacts.

Its membership includes 157 countries and territories and more than 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Direct actions that strengthen and support the efforts of National Tourism Administrations are carried out by UNWTO's regional representatives (Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia) based at the Headquarters in Madrid.

UNWTO is committed to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, geared toward reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

Contact details

Amadeus Media Relations
Corporate & Marketing Communication
Tel.: +34 91 582 0160
Fax: +34 91 582 0188
E-mail: mediarelations@amadeus.com

Sofía García/Loli Santamaría
Grupo Albión
Tel.: +34 91 531 23 88
Fax.: +34 91 521 81 87
E-mail: sgarcia@grupoalbion.net
lsantamaria@grupoalbion.net

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