Wings expands footprint in US

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Wings Travel Management is expanding its footprint in the United States with the acquisition of the energy and corporate travel business of Associated Travel in Louisiana.

The agreement takes effect on 1 November and is a key strategic milestone for Wings, as it gives the company a presence in a second major US energy sector hub, complementing Wings’ existing operation in Houston.

Founded in 1967, Associated Travel is a well-established TMC providing tailored online and offline business travel management to Louisiana-based energy sector companies, as well as  leisure, film and group travel clients.

Following the sale, Associated Travel will continue serving its leisure and group travel clientele from its current office in Lafayette.

The energy and corporate sector business will operate under the Wings Travel Management brand and day-to-day operations will be managed by Wings’ senior management team.

All current corporate travel staff of Associated Travel will also become part of Wings Travel Management under the agreement.

Wings will also introduce its proprietary mid office system TMA® (Travel Management Application), which enables all Wings’ offices globally to operate off the identical centralised global platform and database, giving clients real-time traveller tracking, on-demand reporting and access to multiple travel content aggregators seamlessly.