Travel technology and distribution solutions provider Amadeus Gulf has appointed Louis Arnaud as country manager for Oman.
Bringing more than 15 years of global sales and leadership experience in the Middle East and Europe to the role, Arnaud is tasked in driving Amadeus business in Oman, while also supporting travel and tourism companies active within the country.
Commenting on the appointment, Graham Nichols, managing director, Amadeus Gulf, said: “We view Oman as a promising market for regional and international travel as part of the Gulf’s wider tourism offering.
"With a strong background in the travel technology arena, Arnaud is the ideal choice to lead Amadeus Gulf’s business in the Sultanate. His track record and expertise will help us to both deepen and broaden our relationships with the Omani travel industry.”
According to the latest findings from the third edition of the Middle East Online Travel Overview study, total grow bookings in the Middle East for air, hotel, car and tour services was estimated to be worth $74bn.
The report, which was produced by Phocuswright and co-sponsored by Amadeus, also noted an estimated annual growth rate of 8% between now and 2020. Online travel bookings comprised of a 29% share, forecasted to reach over 40% by 2021.