Kanoo Travel and American Express Middle East offer businesses opportunities to save on travel-related costs

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 08, 2012 - Manama, Bahrain: Kanoo Travel and American Express Middle East today announced the signing of a partnership to offer large and mid-sized companies the American Express® Business Travel Account - an effective and streamlined way to manage corporate travel expenses.

    With this partnership, Kanoo Travel, the leading travel management company (TMCs) and pioneer of the travel industry in the GCC, becomes one of the first travel-focused organisations to introduce the American Express Business Travel Account (BTA) in the region, enabling Kanoo clients to consolidate their corporate travel expenses through one centralised account, requiring one single payment. This provides organisations with enhanced visibility, simpler reconciliation processes and reduced paperwork. As a result they benefit from accurate data which enables them to maximum control over expenses, helping them to save time and money.

    "As pioneers in the Gulf's travel industry, our objective is to continue innovating, expanding our scope of services and offering our customers the very latest in travel management solutions. I sincerely hope that our valued customers across all regional, Middle Eastern and Northern African markets will embrace and benefit from the BTA programme, and further build their travel management programme to be more effective, efficient and productive," said Nabeel Kanoo, Director, Kanoo Travel.

    "With a strong portfolio of over a thousand multi-national and local corporate customers in this region, I am confident the Business Travel Account will help companies achieve enhanced management control over their travel expenses as all billing is methodically archived in a centralised database. Reporting can be customised based on various factors including departmental or specific cost centres, which helps stakeholders in monitoring and budgeting cost", he added.

    "American Express is delighted to work with Kanoo Travel, our long-term partner for travel-related products in the region, to offer this innovative solution to their travel clients" said Mazin Khoury, Chief Executive Officer, American Express Middle East. "Managing and coordinating the travel spend of several employees can be a resource-intensive process that adds significant costs to an organisation. Integrated billing solutions like the BTA can facilitate streamlined business travel expense processes that enable greater flexibility and cost control."

    He added: "Companies using the American Express Business Travel Account stand to benefit from savings on process costs related to the reconciliation of travel expenses, as well as from strengthened management control of such costs".

    About Kanoo Travel:
    The Kanoo family's involvement in air travel goes back to 1937 when the company provided refueling facilities in Bahrain for Imperial Airways seaplanes on route to India and Australia. In 1947 Kanoo Travel became the first IATA agency in the Gulf and in 1997 they became the very first Travel Company in the Middle East to receive the ISO certification.

    Today, Kanoo Travel is the largest travel company in the Middle East, with a team of travel specialists operating a network of over 170 offices in the region and through a global network of world-class travel partners. Kanoo Travel provides the most comprehensive and specialised services in the travel industry with unmatched quality awards and achievements that guarantees the highest level of customer satisfaction.

    Kanoo Travel provides its services in five main specialised areas:
    • Kanoo Corporate - Business Travel Services
    • Kanoo Retail- Travel Services for the individual travelers.
    • Kanoo Holidays - For all type Leisure Travel
    • Kanoo Marine - Marine and Offshore Travel Services.
    GSA's- General Sales Agents for international airlines.

    For further information, please visit www.kanootravel.com

    About American Express Middle East
    AMEX (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) - American Express Middle East has been providing reliable, flexible, tailored and rewarding solutions for its Cardmembers, Merchants and Business Partners in the region since 1977. American Express Middle East is owned by Mawarid Investment Limited and American Express and became a joint venture company in 1992.

    American Express is the Card for those individuals who value service, unmatched flexibility, access and daily rewards wherever they are in the world. Operating in 16 markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, the company issues dollar currency Credit and Charge Cards: The Centurion® Card, The Platinum Card®, The American Express® Gold Card, The American Express® Card (Green) as well as Company and Corporate Cards. ِAmerican Express Middle East also offers a range of local currency-denominated Credit Cards to give Cardmembers across the region even greater flexibility. American Express Cards are accepted at millions of locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

    For further information, please contact:
    Sabine Khalil
    PR and Communications Manager
    AMEX (Middle East) B.S.C. (c)
    Tel: (+973) 17 557739
    Email sabine.khalil ( @ ) americanexpress dot com.bh

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