US-based, independently-owned TMC Ovation Travel Group has acquired UK-based Chartwell Travel.
Ovation says Chartwell’s London office represents its first fully-owned location outside of the US.
Its UK operations will be led by Tina Rose, who joins Ovation as managing director. Former shareholder Marshall Joseph, who has been at Chartwell for nearly 20 years, will continue to lead the office and will report to Rose.
Rose most recently spent 12 years with Protravel International.
Chartwell will serve as Ovation’s base for luxury leisure and independent corporate travel advisors in the UK. Ovation, which started as Lawyers Travel in the 1980s, says the business will complement its high-touch managed travel offering.
Paul Metselaar, chairman and CEO of Ovation, commented: “We are extremely excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings. Chartwell has been delivering outstanding service for over 25 years. Former shareholder, Marshall Joseph, has led the operation over the last decade and will continue to lead that office. We look forward to welcoming the entire Chartwell team into the Ovation family.”