Amadeus is a computer reservations system (or global distribution system, since it sells tickets for multiple airlines) owned by the Amadeus IT Group with headquarters in Madrid, Spain. It is a leading transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, providing transaction processing power and technology solutions to both travel providers and travel agencies. The company acts both as a worldwide network connecting travel providers and travel agencies through a highly effective processing platform for the distribution of travel products and services. Amadeus is also the provider of a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions which automate certain mission-critical business processes, such as reservations, inventory management and operations for travel providers (through our IT solutions business).
As a member of IATA (International Air Transport Association), OTA (Open Travel Alliance) and SITA, Galileo was formed in 1987 by nine European carriers – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Swissair, Olympic, Air Portugal, Sabena and Aer Lingus. Today, Galileo connects approximately 63,000 travel agencies worldwide to 460 airlines, 82,000 hotels, 29,000 car rental locations, 7,000 tourist attractions, and leading tour operators and cruise lines throughout the world. Knowledge of the Galileo CRS system definitely gives students in the travel and tourism field a distinct advantage over other applicants.
Abacus is Asia Pacific’s leading provider of travel solutions and services since 1988. It fuses end-to-end technologies to create a differentiated portfolio of solutions and services driven by insights on how travel business operates in Asia. Abacus works closely with many key partners in the industry to provide an expansive portfolio of specialized products and services to support every travel agency segment including online, corporate and leisure. Abacus International is owned by a consortium of Asia’s leading airlines including All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Dragon Air, Philippine Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Silk Air and Singapore Airlines.