BCD Travel has announced that South Africa-based corporate travel specialist Rennies Travel has joined its Global Network.
Part of the Bidvest Group, Rennies Travel serves clients in South Africa from six offices, as well as customers around the world. It specialises in corporate, incentive, group and leisure travel in addition to travel technology.
BCD will continue to operate its current joint venture, BCD Travel South Africa, separately. Combined annual sales revenues for the two businesses will place BCD among the top corporate travel companies in the country.
Commenting on the partnership, Adrian Woodward, VP of BCD Travel’s EMEA Global Network, said: “Thanks to our current South African joint venture, we have a long-standing partnership with Bidvest, based on mutual trust and a shared commitment to quality. This partnership with Rennies Travel is a logical next step. Rennies Travel is an excellent strategic addition to our Global Network, thanks to its impeccable reputation and ability to service clients of all sizes.”
Lidia Folli, CEO of Bidvest’s travel arm, BidTravel, added: “Based on BCD’s track record in South Africa, I have extremely high confidence in our ability to continue offering businesses from around the globe the highest service quality available in South Africa.”
Bronwyn Philipps, CEO of Rennies Travel, commented: “Because our focus is on service and technology leadership, we believe BCD’s Global Network best meets our commitment to our clients. We chose BCD Travel as our global partner because of their global reach, their consistent delivery of and roadmap for innovation, their global data consolidation expertise and their service orientation across all markets around the world.”
Woodward concluded: “Our growth strategy prioritises partnerships and acquisitions in markets with significant customer transactions that also represent large growth and revenue potential. Many of our global customers invest significant travel spend in South Africa, and we project long-term growth in the country.”
BCD Travel received the award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme at the Business Travel Awards 2019. Read the full list of winners here.