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AMADEUS sits at the crossroads of travel and technol- ogy, investing more than 16 per cent of revenues in research and development. The company is rapidly expanding its technical expertise, delivering new solutions in areas such as mobile, payments, international rail, airports and corporate travel. In 2014, Amadeus announced its vision of a dynamic, intelligent, global travel ecosystem that is underpinned by the development of a new traveller-centric Global Merchandising System and the evolution of Amadeus’ distribution platform. This will deliver an end-to-end traveller experience. It’s another example of how Amadeus is working with industry stakeholders to shape the future of travel. amadeus.com


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AIR ASTANA commenced regular flight operations on May 15, 2002, and currently operates a network of 64 routes between 39 international and domestic destinations. Air Astana operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, including three Boeing 767-300ERs, five Boeing 757-200s, 13 Airbus A320-family aircraft and nine Embraer E-190s. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious four-star rating by Skytrax in its World Airline Awards 2012, and was named the Best Airline in Central Asia and India. Both accolades were repeated in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In February 2015, Air Astana received the prestigious Air Transport World Market Leader Award. airastana.com


ANA – ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS is the largest airline in Japan and one of only seven airlines to have been awarded the five-star rating from Skytrax. It was awarded Best Long-Haul Airline at the Business Travel Awards 2015. Operating seven daily flights from Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Brussels, the latter starting on October 25, 2015) to Tokyo, ANA connects with Japan’s largest domestic network and 38 international cities beyond. ANA has been a core member of Star Alli- ance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes, and with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes. ana.co.uk


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AMERICAN EXPRESS GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL enables corpora- tions and empowers business travellers with insights, connections and exceptional customer service on a global scale. Through technology and information, American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated con- sulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimise the return on their travel and meetings investments. American Express Global Business Travel has operations and network partners in 140 countries world- wide. Learn more about how American Express Global Business Travel connects the world at amexglobalbusinesstravel. com and twitter.com/amexgbt. Ameri- can Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited licence.


BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH is a leading provider of card solu- tions to large and middle market compa- nies, globally, and to federal, state and local government entities in the United States. It works with its customers to understand their unique payment processes and deliv- ers integrated electronic solutions designed to increase efficiency, visibility and control. It offers card technologies that deliver easier and faster access to consolidated


global data, and products to target and increase supplier acceptance and benefits – helping to reduce costs, increase working capital and improve process efficiencies. baml.com/cardsolutions


BRIDGESTREET GLOBAL HOSPI- TALITY is a leading hospitality solution offering serviced apartment experiences for travellers seeking an alternative to typical hotel accommodation. The company has more than 50,000 apartments in over 60 countries, and comprises six unique brands. Bridgestreet’s family of brands includes six- star Exclusive, five-star Residences, four-star Aparthotels and Living, three-star Places and two-star Stüdyo, all offering the conve- nience of apartment living with a variety of service packages to give each guest options based on location, price-point and individ- ual needs. With uncompromising standards of quality, comfort and service, Bridgestreet Global Hospitality is a renowned award winner in both the Americas and EMEA. bridgestreet.com


CHAMBERS TRAVEL MANAGE- MENT, part of the CTM group, is an award- winning travel management company. It is one of the fastest-growing TMCs in the UK, and offers unrivalled service both across Europe and worldwide through the CTM network. Its highly experienced team and exceptional technology leads the industry as previous winners of Best Business Travel Product/Provider, Best Sales Account Man- agement Team and Best TMC for the last three years running at the Business Travel Awards. No other TMC has matched this success. In a recent survey, 100 per cent of clients said they would recommend Chambers. chamberstravel.com


DINERS CLUB INTERNATIONAL has more than 50 years’ experience as a leader in commercial payments and business expense management. It offers a suite of solutions designed to enable companies to streamline processes, manage information and reduce costs while providing their employees with exclusive privileges, personalised service, lo- cal-market expertise, flexibility and security. With the Diners Club Corporate Program, clients have all the information they need to control business expenses – from negotiat- ing with preferred vendors to monitoring spending and policy compliance. When you want to enjoy premier service, world- wide acceptance, global data consolida-


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