BCD Travel’s longtime joint-venture partner in South Africa, Connex Travel, is merging with Rennies Travel, South Africa’s leading corporate travel management company.
The announcement follows the global TMC’s news in January that Rennies Travel, owned by Bidvest, had joined BCD’s Global Network. Connex Travel has been a BCD Global Network partner since 2009. The merged agency will operate as Rennies BCD Travel.
“We’re joining forces in a competitive business travel market that’s growing fast. Our combined depth of experience and partnership will not only give us a stronger position in the African market, but also offers our mutual clients market-relevant solutions and services,” said Adrian Woodward, vice president of BCD’s EMEA Global Network.
South Africa is the continent’s second-largest economy, with key industries including mining, agriculture, vehicle manufacturing, food processing, energy, financial services and more.
The union of these companies will result in a workforce of 737 employees, with offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Stellenbosch and Richard’s Bay, as well as in South Africa’s neighbor Namibia.
“This move reflects BCD Travel’s continuing focus on growing both organically and through expansions that support our strategy, benefit our clients and align with our corporate culture,” said Stewart Harvey, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BCD.
Rennies BCD Travel will be led by Chief Executive Officer Bronwyn Philipps, who previously served as CEO of Rennies Travel. Former Connex Travel CEO Marco Cristofoli will remain a member of the senior leadership team.