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New Amadeus Mideast VP for airline business.

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Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, has appointed a vice president to strengthen regional growth and further expand its market share in the Middle East.

Based in Dubai, Antoine Medawar will report to FrE[umlaut]dE[umlaut]ric Spagnou, vice president Europe, Middle East & Africa. Antoine will have the support of the central airline distribution and IT teams.

Being the exclusive GDS provider to 13 leading carriers from the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), the Middle East region has become a huge area of growth for Amadeus. In his new role, Antoine will be in charge of spearheading the relationship with Middle East airlines and the local organisations in the region.

Previously based in Paris, Medawar was the managing director of Amadeus Hospitality Business Group where he was responsible for Amadeus' worldwide hospitality business.

"Dubai has become the nerve centre for the Middle East's travel industry," said Antoine Medawar.

"Strengthening the Amadeus presence and resources in the Amadeus regional hub here ensures that we are closer to our customers to further increase the high standards of service and solutions, with a long-term partnership approach Amadeus is famous for in the region," he added.

FrE[umlaut]dE[umlaut]ric Spagnou, vice president Europe, Middle East & Africa, Amadeus, said: "Amadeus operations in the Middle East have been growing at a fast pace and we aim to continue this growth rate."

"To support our expansion strategies we are increasing our local presence and investing additional resources in the region," Spagnou continued.

"Antoine's appointment to oversee our airline business falls in line with our ambitious plans for the Middle East. We understand that this unique opportunity requires special attention and we are confident that Antoine's experience and enthusiasm will be an added boost to the team," he said. -- TradeArabia News Service

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Date:Jul 15, 2009
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