One year after it opened shop in Kenya, Amadeus, the technology solutions vendor for the airline industry and is looking to new areas for growth. General Manager Aymeric Lanez told BusinessWeek that besides upgrading its booking service for airlines, the firm would expand its local product suite to include car rentals, hotel bookings and insurance.

"If the telecommunications infrastructure permits, we are planning to deploy the latest front office reservation tool called Vista in our East Africa operation. We also want to continue implementing our back office solution," he said in an interview.

Amadeus, which celebrated its first anniversary in Kenya last week, has today grown into a major business, registering over 40 travel agents and about 40,000 air travel bookings during the period.

The company has also been able to enlist 43 travel agents in Kenya, among them well-known names such as Bunson Travel, Express, Acharya, Going Places and Holiday Bazaar, among others.

Having established a foothold locally, the firm is now looking out to the rest of the region for new opportunities. A Dar es Salaam branch is already operational, while new offices are planned for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.The firm has branches in 18 other African countries among them Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ivory Coast, among others.

(SOURCE Daily Nation)