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e-Travel and Tim/Timatic b.v. pioneer solution for online visa and health information

e-Travel and Tim/Timatic b.v. pioneer off-the-shelf solution for online visa and health information

MADRID, Spain and AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands: e-Travel, a leading global provider of online travel technology and business unit of Amadeus, and Tim/Timatic b.v, a division of IATA Netherlands Data Publications, have launched the first off-the-shelf visa and health application with entry requirements for 200 countries, for corporate and consumer travel sites. This application is available for temporary public viewing until 30 September 2002.

To demo the Health & Visa Information online solution, visit http://www.e-travel.com/timatic/

"With more and more people planning international trips online, corporations and consumer sites want to offer travellers a one-stop shopping experience, including the all-important and often-forgotten visa and health requirements," explained Jerome Destors, Director e-Travel Suppliers and Agencies. "Using the e-Travel and Timatic solution, they can now do this more cost-effectively - instead of developing the application themselves."

This user-friendly application is the most recent addition to e-Travel's extensive portfolio of travel content products and services. Off-the shelf and available today, the application can also be quickly customized to reflect a site's look and feel - so that travellers can enjoy a seamless experience on any online travel site. Web site integration has been simplified to avoid the costs and time-consuming process of having to develop a proprietary application.

"Countries' visa and health requirements are constantly changing. We have seen increasing demand for an out-of-the-box web based application that would empower travelers to easily access this kind of information," explained Bart Minnee, Director Travel Information Manual TIM. "This led us to partner with e-Travel to develop a solution to integrate into existing travel sites. Now online sites are in a far better position to meet their customers' needs for the very latest updates."

e-Travel has simplified navigation of Timatic for travellers. With just a few clicks, they can now view critical information for their chosen destination, such as essential documentation to enter the country, advice about local customs and potential health risks, vaccination requirements and more.
In addition:
 Travellers can directly request and obtain a personalized health and visa report for any country in line with their nationality, passport type, alien residency, departure, and transit and destination points.
 Through simplified drop-down menus, travellers can quickly define their search parameters to retrieve additional information including, tax, customs, currency and general geographical information.
For more than 10 years Tim/Timatic b.v has provided travel agencies that use the Amadeus system with visa and health requirement information necessary for international travel. Now this solution is available to any online travel site, including those corporate and leisure customers using e-Travel® Aergo and e-Travel® Planitgo.

About Tim/Timatic b.v.
TIM/TIMATIC B.V. is owned by 14 IATA airlines and is managed by IATA Netherlands Data Publications. Since 1963 it has been the travel and airline industry's preferred supplier of passport, visa, health, airport tax, customs and currency information.
IATA Netherlands Data Publications a division of IATA, is an enterprise that provides the air transport and travel industry with information (tariffs and regulations) on passenger and cargo transportation. This information is edited in printed and electronic versions. The enterprise is located in Amsterdam.
For more information please visit www.iata.org/tim

About e-Travel
e-Travel is a leading global provider of online travel technology and business unit of Amadeus. It provides e-commerce solutions for airlines, corporations, travel agencies and other online travel businesses, and is dedicated to its customers' net success. e-Travel serves customers in more than 90 countries, including corporations such as Airbus, Daimler Chrysler, Gateway, Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Company, Oracle Corporation and Philip Morris Companies, as well as travel suppliers such as Air France, Iberia and Qantas, and online agencies such as Opodo.
Parent company Amadeus Global Travel Distribution SA is a leading global distribution system (GDS) and technology provider serving the marketing, sales and distribution needs of the world's travel and tourism industries.
For more information about e-Travel please visit www.e-travel.com.

e-Travel is a registered trademark of Amadeus Global Travel Distribution SA.
For further information please contact:

e-Travel
Corporate and Marketing Communication
Amadeus Global Travel Distribution
Tel : +34 91 582 0160
Fax : +34 91 582 0188
E-mail : info@amadeus.net
Tim/Timatic b.v.
IATA Netherlands Data Publications
Tel: +31 204037909
Fax: +31 204037984
E-mail : Timatic.INDP@iata.org

Thursday, August 29, 2002



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