Hillgate Travel awarded multi-million pound five year travel contract for European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentIt has been announced that Hillgate Travel, the UK’s largest truly independent travel management company and a lead UK partner in GlobalStar Travel Management, has secured a multi-million pound contract with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The EBRD was founded in 1991 to foster the transition towards open market oriented economies and to promote both private and entrepreneurial initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. In recent years the Bank has expanded its operations which now reach from Morocco to Mongolia and Estonia to Greece.
Hillgate Travel’s Managing Director, Anthony Rissbrook, commented: “We recognised that EBRD were looking for a TMC that could offer the right online booking tool and an integrated pre-trip approval tool which could meet the complexity of their approval process, whilst at the same time achieving total integration with the SAP operating platform. This is something that we can deliver. From the very beginning we were driven by the simple belief that EBRD was a perfect partner and an ideal client for Hillgate Travel.”
Warren Dix, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hillgate Travel added: “Hillgate Travel already has an excellent reputation in the financial services sector and to add such a prestigious account to our portfolio is very exciting for us.” Dix continued “The bid process with EBRD was one of the most rigorous processes that I have experienced during my time in travel management. When it came to our presenting technology the testing and enquiry phase was the most stringent I have encountered.”
Hillgate Travel partnered with online booking tool provider ‘GetThere’ to offer a configuration solution that would best suit EBRD’s requirements.
Fabrice Martinez, Head of Travel Unit, EBRD, stated: “The Hillgate team impressed us with their depth of knowledge, commitment to excellence and total flexibility to provide a range of solutions to any requirement presented to them. It was clear that as a TMC they could provide innovative and bespoke technology, a cost focussed delivery, and total quality in equal measures. Hillgate Travel is the natural choice to become our trusted advisors and travel management partner for the future. ”
The account will be serviced by Hillgate Travel through a dedicate EBRD travel team and the contract has a 5 year term.