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Kay Urban

President and CEO of Amadeus Americas receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Travel Weekly

Urban was honored with the accolade at the magazine’s Readers Choice gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

She was among three other travel industry leaders who received Lifetime Achievement awards, given for achieving extraordinary results within an organization and contributing to the industry as a whole. Urban and the other winners will be featured in the magazine's January issue. 

With nearly 30 years of experience, Urban began her travel industry career in 1977 as a reservations agent for Eastern Airlines.
She was on the ground floor of travel distribution, when in 1982, she joined Industry Automation, which subsequently became computer reservation company, System One. Urban advanced through several key executive management positions of increasing scope and responsibility, through System One's acquisition by Amadeus in 1997. She was named by Travel Agent magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Travel.” 

Today, Urban leads the Americas region of Amadeus, the global leader in IT solutions for the travel and tourism industry.

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The Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards gala honored top travel companies selected by the magazine’s readers.

The awards gala was held at the beautiful Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Urban received a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her 20+ years in the travel industry.


Travel Weekly executives present Urban with her Lifetime Achievement Award.


Urban with her Lifetime Achievement Award, joined by executives from Amadeus and Amadeus customer, Balboa Travel, at The Plaza Hotel.

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