Amadeus Announces Opening of Research & Development Center in Boston
One of the travel industry's leading advanced technology solutions providers, Amadeus, highlighted its ongoing expansion in North America this week in announcing plans to open a new Research & Development Center in the Boston area.
In addition to reflecting a "broad array of technical talent" the new location will bring the company closer to some of the world's leading travel companies headquartered in New England.
The R&D Center will feature work areas known as "neighborhoods" designed to make communication and collaboration easier for employees.
"Amadeus has been growing rapidly in North America and is partnering with some of the world's biggest and best companies in the travel industry based in the US," said Amadeus North America president and CEO Scott Gutz in a statement. "We have the brightest talent in travel and technology and our teams are focused on building unique solutions for our customers. Our local technical talent working in tandem with our travel industry customers promotes a deep understanding and trust that is at the core of successful innovation."
The R&D center will be located in the business park area of Waltham, Massachusetts. There, Amadeus' R&D teams will work to develop new solutions for a variety of travel industry elements, including "big data, business intelligence, low fare search, web services, hotel IT, airline ancillary services and NDC-XML initiatives."
"Among 16 such R&D centers Amadeus operates, the new Boston facility is a key part of our truly global development network and focus on innovation worldwide," said Amadeus executive vice president of R&D Herve Couturier in a statement. "With its specific missions and focus areas, it will enable us to greatly enhance how we serve the broad spectrum of our travel industry customers, not only in North America but throughout the Americas region and beyond."
Wednesday's announcement comes on the heels of Amadeus North America reporting the highest percentage growth (14.6 percent) of any of the company's worldwide regions in air travel agency booking volumes for the year-end 2014.
Amadeus North America's rapid growth is also evidenced by its 82 percent increase in travel agency bookings from 2010 to 2014, climbing from 34.7 million (2010) to 63.4 million (2014).
The region's employee base has also skyrocketed by more than 70 percent over the past three years.
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