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The Argentinean subsidiary of Madrid-based Amadeus IT Holding S.A. signed a long-term agreement with Cuban state tour operator Havantur, the booking service provider said in a press release.

Under the agreement, Havanatur agents will have access to the Amadeus Selling Platform, which is used by 90,000 travel agencies worldwide. The online service allows users to make reservations with 436 airlines, 87,000 hotels, 103 railroads, 21 cruise lines, and 37,000 rent-a-car agencies. Travel agents like the one-stop platform because it allows fast price comparisons and efficient booking.

The Amadeus platform was started, and is part-owned, by European flag carriers Air France, Lufthansa and Iberia.

The agreement, signed in Havana by Havanatur Vice President Leonel Luis Guillot and Amadeus Senior Adviser Felipe González-Abad, is the first cooperation with a global booking services provider by a Cuban tour operator. Amadeus already provides booking services to flag carrier Cubana de Aviación and to state hotel chains Cubanacan, Gran Caribe and Islazul.

Amadeus has also donated a computer lab and access to the system for students and teachers of the Tourism Faculty at the Universidad de La Habana.

Amadeus opened an office at the Miramar Trade Center in Havana in February 2009.

Grupo Internacional de Turoperadores y Agencias de Viajes Havanatur S.A. sells Cuba travel packages through 50 agencies in Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Russia and United Kingdom, among others.

The deal makes Cuba more accessible to foreign travel agencies

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