The new agreement will allow the expansion of travel offers, as well as the incorporation of new payment solutions.
It also includes access to NDC-enabled content, the Amadeus Value Hotels program and Amadeus B2B Wallet.
December 15, 2021 – Amadeus and Viajes El Corte Inglés have renewed their partnership by signing a new multi-year travel agreement in Spain and Portugal. Amadeus will offer the travel agency the implementation of NDC (New Distribution Capability) solutions as well as the use of Amadeus B2B Wallet. This agreement includes its incorporation into the Amadeus Value Hotels program, which increases Viajes El Corte Inglés’ hotel inventory, and the integration of iHotelier® Channel Management ™, that will allow hotels to integrate their offer into the sales channels of the travel agency. This agreement is an extension of their long-standing distribution partnership, whereby the agency will have access to the travel content network through the Amadeus Travel Platform.
With this alliance Viajes El Corte Inglés ratifies the use, as part of its booking management tools, including NDC-enabled content. These solutions make it possible for travel agents to purchase, book, pay and manage airline travel offers through NDC connectivity. Amadeus is working closely with agents and airlines. All of this is fully integrated, with other travel content, in the Amadeus Travel Platform. The main focus of the two brands is to meet the demands of travellers.
The Amadeus Value Hotels program allows Viajes El Corte Inglés to increase its selection of hotels. The search offers more combinations, which benefits both travellers and the Agency, which reaffirms its position as one of the largest travel agencies in Spain. Viajes El Corte Inglés has more than 700 points of sale and a strong online and offline presence in Spain and Portugal. In addition, hotels using Amadeus iHotelier® Channel ManagementTM will be able to increase their visibility with VECI agents and therefore drive demand and bookings.
Amadeus B2B Wallet provides Viajes El Corte Inglés with an optimisation of supplier payment processes, facilitating each transaction. It also offers various payment options which, as always, results in better customer service.
“Thanks to this alliance, we will continue to offer content more tailored to the needs of our customers to achieve their maximum satisfaction, always with the guarantee, quality and security that identify us. As the leading travel agency in Spain, we are delighted to offer more content options to travelers who book through Viajes El Corte Inglés. Despite the current challenges, the desire to travel remains strong. We look forward to the early recovery of the travel industry and continuing to meet the needs of our customers,” says Miguel Angel de la Mata, CEO of Viajes El Corte Inglés.
Christian Boutin, Managing Director of Amadeus Spain and Portugal, and SVP Travel Sellers Western Europe, said: “The extension of the strategic alliance between Amadeus and Viajes El Corte Inglés is excellent news, especially after all these years of collaboration. The diversification of this agreement is a powerful combination that will allow the travel agency to continue to grow with its customers. At Amadeus, supporting the recovery of the travel industry remains our priority. This exciting new stage in our strategic alliance will enable our customers in Spain, Europe and Latin America to reach many more travellers through Viajes el Corte Inglés.