The contract, with the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), will see Diversity Travel provide accommodation, air and rail travel to institutions which form part of the consortium, providing reduced academic air fares for overseas travel. Institutions which are members of other British universities purchasing consortia* can also purchase travel management services via this framework agreement.
SUPC is a membership-based buying organisation which works with universities, further education colleges and academic organisations. The Consortium whose membership features some of the country’s leading universities and academic institutions, exists to deliver value and quality service to its membership through better procurement.
All submissions were assessed against supplier criteria including quality, the effectiveness of its online system, price and complex itineraries. Diversity Travel scored particularly highly on quality of service and was awarded maximum marks for its online booking system.
Chris Airey, Managing Director of Diversity Travel, said: “We appreciate that academic travel can often involve last-minute or complex itineraries and our team of experienced travel consultants are on hand 24 hours a day to assist member organisations with everything they might need.
“Our online booking tools also allow staff and academics to search and book their own rail travel, flights, hotels and car hire, should they prefer.
“We’re delighted to be appointed to the framework and we look forward to providing the institutions with the widest and most flexible range of global academic air fares currently available.”
Diversity Travel, which has offices in London, Manchester and Melbourne, will join five other suppliers on the SUPC framework.
Last year, Travel Trade Gazette named Diversity Travel as Business Travel Agency of the Year in recognition of its innovation, financial stability, outstanding trade relations, staff development and commitment to the principles of corporate social responsibility. This year the company has been shortlisted in the People Awards in the categories of Reservations Team of the Year and Operations Team of the Year. The winners will be announced later this month (May 2015).