The UK division of travel management company Altour – a division of Internova Travel Group – has added two corporate travel companies to its portfolio.
The London-based TMC said it aims to expand its network throughout the UK and Europe as the business prepares for post-pandemic recovery.
Yorkshire-based Good Travel Management has joined under Altours’ Independent Contractor model while the business travel division of sister company, Barrhead Travel, has merged its Scottish-based corporate operation with the Altour group.
Maria Baby (pictured), managing director of Altour UK, said: “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.
“Bringing the team onboard 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.”
Commenting on the post-pandemic market, she added: “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.”
Good Travel Management will continue to operate as an independent business under the Altour umbrella, and the Barrhead Business Travel team in Scotland, will retain its branding and identity during the partnership transition.
In May 2020, Travel Leaders Corporate – an Internova brand – merged with sister company Altour under the latter’s brand.