South African corporate travel management consultancy, Duma Travel, has announced its partnership with global travel management giant UNIGLOBE.
The two parties will now work together to grow the UNIGLOBE brand in Africa, with Duma targeting small and medium-sized travel agencies throughout South Africa and the sub-Saharan African region.
UNIGLOBE has more than 600 partners across 60 countries, and agencies that join gain access to a global brand, business-boosting technologies, training to international standards and a global hotel programme with 38,000 properties in 6,000 cities.
Further to that, Duma’s Associates division is buying stakes of up to 51% in medium-sized travel agencies to give them the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) benefits of being partly owned by black shareholders.
Duma has also launched its Tech division, which has developed an online booking system that ties into back office functions to give agencies a ready-made e-commerce platform.
Its fourth new venture, Duma Shared Services, will supply its associates and other agencies with centralised services such as ticket issuing, back office functions, sales and after-hours support to benefit from economies of scale and reduce the time spent on admin.