FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Ovation Travel Group, one of the largest independently owned travel management companies in the U.S., today announced the acquisition of Chartwell Travel Limited. The London office will represent Ovation’s first wholly-owned location outside of the U.S.
Chartwell Travel has built its reputation for “high touch” service with demanding clients including numerous entertainment, film, television and news production companies.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings,” said Paul Metselaar, Chairman & CEO of Ovation. “Chartwell has been delivering outstanding service for over 25 years. Former shareholder, Marshall Joseph, has led the operation over the last decade and will continue to lead that office. We look forward to welcoming the entire Chartwell team into the Ovation family.”
Ovation’s UK operations will be led by Tina Rose, who is joining the company as Managing Director. Mr. Joseph will report to Ms. Rose. An industry veteran, most recently having spent nearly 12 years with Protravel International, Tina will oversee Ovation’s growth in the UK. She described the deal as “a win, both for Chartwell and its clients,” further saying, “this combination will grow our community of travel professionals with improved economics and technology delivering even greater results for our clients and industry partners. With Ovation, we are thrilled to be part of an industry leading travel company with an exceptional reputation for outstanding service.”
Chartwell Travel will serve as Ovation’s base for luxury leisure and corporate independent travel advisors in the UK. That business complements the managed corporate travel of Ovation, which specializes in high touch business travel for professional service firms and other service intensive clients. Ovation began as Lawyers Travel back in the 80’s, a division which continues to grow by double digits, as does Ovation Travel Group as a whole.
Ovation Travel Group, whose flagship brand, Lawyers Travel, began operations almost 35 years ago, is one of the largest independently owned travel companies in the U.S. Ovation is a $1.1 billion travel management company with travel consultants in more than 30 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Ovation is the largest affiliate of BCD Travel and utilizes BCD’s global network to fulfill its clients’ travel programs across the globe. With over 600 employees and over 200 independent travel advisors, Ovation provides business travel services, bespoke luxury travel experiences and meeting and special events planning for over 700 professional organizations and over 200,000 travelers.