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BCD Travel signs New Partner in Mozambique

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 9 September 2008

BCD Travel, a global corporate travel management company, has continued its expansion in Africa with the signing of a new partner in Mozambique. Moambique Expresso Turismo e Viagens (MEXTUR) has become the sixth sub-Saharan Partner signed since July.

With more than 15 years experience, MEXTUR is one of the most respected travel agencies in Mozambique, offering a comprehensive array of services to its clients. From its head office location in Maputo, MEXTUR has established itself as a leader in providing business travel services to its clients, in addition to hotel reservations, car hire, tourism packages and conference organization. The agency is accredited by IATA and UFTAA. MEXTUR will provide all business travel services under the BCD Travel brand.

The first half of 2008 has been a successful year for BCD Travel in Africa and the Middle East, with over US$50 million in new business won and implemented to date. This new business, in the form of managed travel programs, has come from national, regional and multinational corporations from across the industry spectrum, in addition to non-governmental organizations. This momentum looks set to continue with a further US$60 million in the pipeline for the end of the year.

We have seen phenomenal growth, said Greg ONeil, BCD Travels managing director and senior vice president for Growth & Emerging Markets, which, in a period of economic uncertainty, is very encouraging. Leading corporations in sectors such as oil and telecommunications, along with the NGOs, appear to be reviewing and scrutinizing their procurement of travel more than ever before to generate cost savings. Our goal is to simplify corporate travel for our clients, reducing costs through comprehensive account management and supplier leverage, while streamlining processes to enable optimal traveler satisfaction from the point of reservation, on trip and post trip.

BCD Travel has invested in establishing and increasing its presence in Africa with the appointment earlier this year of a Strategic Development Manager (SDM), responsible for raising brand awareness, expansion and business development, as well as focusing on alignment of key processes and technology. Further investment has also been made in establishing a platform to bring consistency and service excellence to clients in the region.

In addition to MEXTUR in Mozambique, BCD Travel has now signed exclusive partnership agreements with the following leading independent travel management companies in the last two months: AGV Globetrotter (Gabon); Voyages Bourdon (Madagascar); Atom Travel Service (Mauritius); Relax-Voyages (Senegal); Winglink Travel & Tours Ltd. (Tanzania). This expansion now brings BCD Travels total Africa coverage to 14 countries, ensuring delivery of the companys travel management solutions across the continent.

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