“Thomas Cook signs contract with Atos Origin”
Essen, 9 January 2008
Thomas Cook AG, Germany's second largest travel and tourism provider, has signed a double-digit million euro contract with the international IT services company Atos Origin, which will assume responsibility for providing the tourism group's mainframe services for a period of five years beginning in 2008.
With Atos Origin, we have found a partner that has extensive experience especially within critical system environments. For us, the quality in terms of security and availablity as well as the processes behind it are extremely important", says Reinhard Eschbach, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Thomas Cook AG. "The systems on which we run the bookings are the foundation of our business. Atos Origin can offer us a comprehensive service in this area."
Thomas Cook will use Atos Origin's European Mainframe Hub, a new high-security data-processing centre in Essen. This twin data centre will provide data processing services for customers worldwide. “We are linked to Thomas Cook through a long-term partnership. We are extremely pleased that we were able to convince Thomas Cook, one of the world's leading tourism groups, of the quality of our services, said Wolfgang Sturm, COO of Atos Origin in Germany and Central Europe, “we are extremely proud of this achievement.”
The IT services company, which handles the IT requirements for the Olympic Games among other important organizations, already has an established track record of working with Thomas Cook and other leading companies in the travel and tourism sector.
About Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook is the second largest provider of tourism products and services in Germany. Sales of package holiday products and flight tickets for the 2005/2006 financial year were around EUR 3.6 billion. Thomas Cook holds a market share of over 20 percent of the tour operator market. Roughly 1,100 travel agents – operated by the company and under franchise – represent a strong marketing network that contributed significantly towards ensuring that 4.7 million people chose one of the group's package holiday products during the past financial year. Thomas Cook employs a staff of around 4,200 in Germany – at the Group's headquarters, in the tour operation sector, at its Condor airline and in the area of marketing.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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