Business Travel Direct Acquires 100% Shareholding In Amity World Travel
Two long established TMCs, Business Travel Direct and Amity World Travel Management are to join forces to create a combined business with turnover of £85 million after the Ickenham Travel Group acquired the shares in Amity World Travel.
The Amity World Travel Management name is retained, as are all staff based at its offices in Fareham. This will complement Business Travel Direct’s offices in Uxbridge, West London, and Oxford and its specialist Marine Travel division based in London.
Amity World Travel Management’s directors, Paul Gardner and Adrian Williams will take up senior roles with the Ickenham Travel Group* while retaining day to day responsibility for Amity Travel’s operations
Both businesses have been established for over 40 years and share common cultures and values regarding customer-focused service from highly experienced professionals. They also share a vision of the future especially regarding technology which both companies predict will be a driver for change in the future.
Amity World Travel director Adrian Williams said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with the Ickenham Travel Group. Both our organisations come from similar family owned backgrounds, share the same vision and values and our management teams have worked in co-operation for many years. For our clients and staff it will be ‘business as usual’, however we now have the opportunity to leverage our combined operation to bring additional service enhancements in the coming months.”
Julie Oliver, managing director of Business Travel Direct, commented: “Amity World Travel is a well respected company that will be a great addition to the Ickenham Travel Group.
“We have known the team at Amity Travel for many years through our membership of Advantage and Focus and believe that our shared company values a service driven culture make for a strong positive future.”
Peter Reglar, CEO of Ickenham Travel Group confirmed that the company was looking to make further acquisitions over the next eighteen months as well as continuing its ongoing investment into the Business Travel Solutions space.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
AMITY WORLD TRAVEL
Amity World Travel Ltd was founded in 1971 in Southampton and moved to Manor Court, Fareham in 1994 to specialise in business travel within the local SME sector. Today, trading as Amity Travel Management, the 29 staff at this “Leading 50” TMC manage the business travel programmes of organisations large and small, throughout the UK and beyond. Industry accreditations include ABTA, IATA, ATOC, ATOL, Advantage Travel Centres and Advantage Focus Partnership.
BUSINESS TRAVEL DIRECT
Founded in 1970, Business Travel Direct is a multi-award winning travel management company providing travel expertise, superior service and outstanding value to corporate clients ranging from SME’s to FTSE100 companies. Although UK-based, Business Travel Direct is able to offer clients an international service by working with carefully selected travel management partners around the world. The company also has a specialist Marine Travel Division and offers independent consultancy services through Planit Consulting. Industry Accreditations include ABTA, IATA, GTMC, ATOL, Investors in People, ISO 9002 and 14001.
*ICKENHAM TRAVEL GROUP PLC
Founded in 1970 by the current CEO Peter Reglar and includes Business Travel Direct and Letsgo2 which specialises in holidays to worldwide destinations.
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