18 May ALTOUR UK eyes expansion in Northern England and Scotland
The London-based TMC confirms accelerated growth plans as it welcomes two additions to the UK operation
LONDON (May 18, 2021) – The UK division of ALTOUR, one of the largest global travel management companies, has confirmed its plans to grow its network throughout the UK and Europe as the business prepares for post-pandemic recovery.
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In addition to its London and Paris bases, ALTOUR this month bolstered its UK footprint after adding two key corporate travel companies to its portfolio. Yorkshire-based Good Travel Management has joined under ALTOUR’s Independent Contractor model while the business travel division of sister company, Barrhead Travel, has merged its Scottish-based corporate operation with the ALTOUR group.
“The new additions to the ALTOUR UK team are perfect timing as we begin to position ourselves for recovery within the UK and European markets,” said Maria Baty, Managing Director of ALTOUR UK. “Bringing the team on-board from Good Travel Management will bolster our status as experts in the SME market as well as adding various specialist corporate services such as Marine and Offshore. Their experienced team are well-placed to continue expanding the ALTOUR service which they will be offering to their clients in the north of England and beyond.
“I am also delighted to be welcoming Barrhead Business Travel to the ALTOUR family. Within the Internova Travel Group, there’s a real sense of partnership and collaboration; this is a good example of how our family of brands are working together to achieve our shared goals.”
Baty said that the need for a client-focused and reputable TMC would be in high demand post-pandemic:
“Despite enduring the most challenging year the corporate travel industry has ever experienced, there is a good opportunity to embark on a healthy recovery period. We have put client needs over commercial interest this year – as a result, our relationships and client-offering are stronger than ever. Clients will turn to companies who have stood by them and demonstrated innovation this year. Both Good Travel Management and Barrhead Business Travel are renowned for their personal approach to client services and they truly represent ALTOUR’s ethos and passion.”
Good Travel Management will continue to operate as an independent business under the ALTOUR umbrella, benefiting from access to ALTOUR’s global reach, commercial deals and technology. The Barrhead Business Travel team, based in Scotland, will retain their branding and identity during the partnership transition.
With sales of over $4 billion in 2019, ALTOUR, a division of Internova Travel Group, is one of the largest travel management companies in the United States and one of the largest travel management companies globally. Serving the corporate and leisure luxury and mid-markets and entertainment community, ALTOUR has 53 offices and more than 1,300 travel professionals worldwide. In addition to travel management services, ALTOUR companies include ALTOUR Air, ALTOUR Meetings & Incentives and the ALTOUR Global Network.